Speed kills, kids. Unless you’re playing fantasy basketball. Then you want plenty of it.

Playing the pace game in fantasy hoops will help us gain extra possessions and stats for our box scores. Whether you’re playing head-to-head, roto, or points, those extra opportunities pile up over the course of a week and can give us an added edge in our matchups.

This weekly piece will look at interesting pace trends and preview the teams with the best pace schedules in the upcoming NBA week.

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We are finally about to turn the page from preseason hoops to the the real thing. No more fake injuries and rest days for guys on back-to-backs. No more mixing and matching rotations on the fly. Oh, wait. This is the NBA. We will continue to see that nonsense every night. Regardless, the information that matters is about to shift from what happened last year to what’s happening in real-time on the court. The data we start collecting will be our guide to helping us make roster decisions in fantasy leagues and in DFS

During the 2021-22 season, I will be writing a weekly piece analyzing games through the lens of one of the more fantasy-friendly hoops statistics around: Pace. What follows is a very brief primer on Pace and its applicability for fantasy.

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There were 14 NBA teams that did not make the playoffs in 2020-21. Eight of those teams made the playoffs within the past two years. Eleven of those 14 teams went to the playoffs within the past three years and 13 of those 14 teams have been in the playoffs at least once in the last five years.

And then there are the Sacramento Kings.

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The New Orleans Pelicans swung and missed (wait, wrong sport); they fumbled (still not there); they air-balled in their attempt to land an elite point guard in this year’s free agency period, so they now go into the season fully relying on their young and athletic forward combo of Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson to get the Big Easy back into the playoffs for just the second time since 2015.

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