The NBA world continues to sit with their jaw dropped about two things: Steph Curry doing Steph Curry things, and the Knicks piling up wins.
Chef Curry Keeps Cooking
We talked about Steph Curry last week, but nobody seems to be able to stop him. He has been on fire again this week to average 38.2 points, 4.6 assists and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting 47% from deep on 13.8 attempts a night in April.
His season averages look awfully close to a certain unanimous MVP season…
There has been a bit of reflection within the NBA media over the last fortnight. Questions along the lines of “should we have seen this coming?” have popped up as Curry makes preseason hot takes of his demise look foolish.
Curry’s $17 to win the MVP highlights the biggest problem with the award. He IS the most valuable player in the league right now. The Golden State Warriors are 28-23 with Curry in the lineup. That win percentage would have the Warriors as the 8th seed and within touching distance of 5th and 6th. However, with the team going 1-7 in his absence, he’s out of the conversation – as it is now – down at the 10th seed.
He is quite literally replicating numbers from the NBA’s only unanimous MVP season, but because his team didn’t win without him, he’s out of the conversation.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are on the up!
Up the draft lottery…
They’ve lost 13 games on the bounce. Per Tankathon.com, they’re now a 10.5% chance of landing the #1 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
OKC haven’t won a game in April. They’re on a 12-game losing streak and currently have the league’s 5th worst record.
They have 34 draft picks in the next 7 years.
— StatMuse (@statmuse) April 22, 2021
The Knicks Are STILL Doing It
It’s quite incredible…
When the New York Knicks started the season relatively well, most assumed it wouldn’t last too long. It was an early-season hot streak at best. However, their latest nine-game winning streak is their longest since 2014 as Julius Randle, in particular, continues to do the unthinkable.
Julius Randle is that dude.
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) April 22, 2021
The 26-year-old is averaging 24 points, 10.5 rebounds and six assists per game this season. His 31 points and 10 rebounds played a leading role in New York’s latest win as they comfortably handled the Toronto Raptors 120-103.
Remarkably, the Knights are the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference as the regular season winds up.
Philly Failing To Fire
The wheels have fallen off the Philadelphia 76ers with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid on the sideline.
They’ve lost four on the bounce to be one game back of the Brooklyn Nets for the #1 seed in the East. Perhaps crucially, two of those losses came to the Milwaukee Bucks who are closing in on Philly for the #2 seed.
NBA Against The Spread Standings
The Knicks are still doing it for punters too. They’ve pushed their cover streak out to 12 straight games to top the NBA’s ATS ladder. So many people are waiting for them to fall into a heap, but until then, they’ll keep cashing in.
After Week 18
|Top 10||Bottom 10|
|Knicks (38-21-1)||Thunder (27-31-1)|
|Suns (36-22-1)||Heat (26-32-1)|
|Clippers (36-24-1)||Bucks (26-32)|
|Grizzlies (35-21-1)||Timberwolves (26-32-2)|
|Jazz (35-24)||Raptors (26-33)|
|Pistons (32-25-3)||Pelicans (26-33)|
|Hawks (32-26-1)||Kings (25-33-1)|
|Wizards (31-27)||Cavaliers (24-34)|
|Bulls (31-27-1)||Pacers (23-35)|
|Spurs (31-27)||Rockets (19-40)|