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The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: Week 25

by Jonas Nader
Updated On: March 31, 2019, 12:55 am ET

Week 25 Schedule: Games Played





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Week 25 Streaming Schedule:

Monday (9 Games): Pistons @ Pacers, Heat @ Celtics, Bucks @ Nets, Bulls @ Knicks, Magic @ Raptors, Blazers @ Wolves, 76ers @ Mavs, Hornets @ Jazz, Cavs @ Suns

Tuesday (4 Games): Lakers @ Thunder, Hawks @ Spurs, Rockets @ Kings, Nuggets @ Warriors

Wednesday (12 Games): Pacers @ Pistons, Knicks @ Magic, Bulls @ Wizards, 76ers @ Hawks, Raptors @ Nets, Celtics @ Heat, Hornets @ Pelicans, Wolves @ Mavs, Spurs @ Nuggets, Jazz @ Suns, Grizzles @ Blazers, Rockets @ Clippers

Thursday (3 Games): Bucks @ 76ers, Cavs @ Kings, Warriors @ Lakers

Friday (13 Games): Raptors @ Hornets, Hawks @ Magic, Spurs @ Wizards, Celtics @ Pacers, Knicks @ Rockets, Heat @ Wolves, Pistons @ Thunder, Grizzlies @ Mavs, Kings @ Jazz, Pelicans @ Suns, Blazers @ Nuggets, Cavs @ Warriors, Lakers @ Clippers

Saturday (2 Games): Nets @ Bucks, 76ers @ Bulls

Sunday (14 Games): Heat @ Raptors, Spurs @ Cavs, Thunder @ Wolves, Hornets @ Pistons, Nets @ Pacers, Mavs @ Grizzlies, Hawks @ Bucks, Magic @ Celtics, Wizards @ Knicks, Suns @ Rockets, Clippers @ Warriors, Nuggets @ Blazers, Pelicans @ Kings, Jazz @ Lakers


Sunday (Mar. 31)-Monday: Hornets, Mavs, Bucks

Monday-Tuesday: None

Tuesday-Wednesday: Hawks, Nuggets, Rockets, Spurs

Wednesday-Thursday: 76ers

Thursday-Friday: Cavs, Warriors, Lakers, Kings

Friday-Saturday: None

Saturday-Sunday: Nets, Bucks

Three Games in Four Nights:

Monday-Thursday: 76ers

Tuesday-Friday: Hawks, Nuggets, Rockets, Lakers, Kings, Spurs

Wednesday-Saturday: 76ers

Thursday-Sunday: Cavs, Warriors, Lakers, Bucks, Kings


Waiver-Wire Options

Hey everyone, this is just a reminder that if your fantasy league don’t end by March 31st, be prepared for a wild and volatile finish with so many DNPs, rest days and shut downs. The last couple weeks of madness does make the waiver wire very interesting though, and we’re going to focus on players who haven’t gotten much ink this season.  


4 Games:

Miles Bridges (42%)- He’s been buried on the bench for most of the season, but Bridges has arrived in a big way with top-40 value in the past two weeks. An uber-athletic forward, Bridges has multi-category upside and it’s been on full display with 12.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.6 triples on 56.3% from the field and 50% from the line. His strong play combined with the emergence of Dwayne Bacon has pushed Nicolas Batum out of the rotation with the veteran wing picking up a healthy DNP-CD on Friday.

Dwayne Bacon (12%)- As I just mentioned, Batum is now a forgotten man in Charlotte and is basically dead money with $25M owed to him in 2019-20 with a $27M player option the following season. Needless to say, the Hornets would dump him for a used washing machine this summer. Despite being just 2.5 games back of the No. 8 seed, the Hornets are playing their younger guys much more and it’s not like it’s undeserved, as Bacon has scored 20+ points in three straight. He’s even ranked inside the top-60 over the past week with 19.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.3 triples in 34.7 minutes.

Maxi Kleber (14%)- I’ve written about him for several weeks now, so you know what he can do. A valuable source of money stats, Kleber is ranked inside the top-60 over the last two weeks with 11.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.2 triples on 51.1% from the field and 90% from the line. He’s one of the most versatile players on the team and his workload is safe due to his ability to play three positions.

Wayne Ellington (25%)- The one-trick pony label for Ellington probably isn’t fair, because he’s averaging 1.3 steals and 14.0 points over the past two weeks. He’s still the most reliable source of 3-pointers on the wire with 3.7 per game in that span, and that’s been good enough for top-70 value.

Dion Waiters (15%)- The argument against playing fantasy this late in the season is to avoid players like Dion Waiters from finding his way onto my column. The Heat are very banged up right now and to Waiters’ credit he’s been hot, scoring 20.7 points over his last three outings with 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 4.0 triples. I wouldn’t add him unless I was desperate for scoring because he doesn’t have much upside beyond those categories.

Pat Connaughton (10%)- He deserves a shoutout because this guy has been relevant for a few weeks but still doesn’t get any respect. He’s ranked 63rd over his last seven games, averaging 9.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.9 triples. He can do a little bit of everything on the stat sheet with good efficiency, and he’s going to benefit considerably every time Giannis Antetokounmpo rests his ankle and knee.