This article is part of our In-Season Strategy series.
After a really busy slate in our first full week after the All-Star break, the schedule slows down a bit in Week 21. Ten teams have four games, and two teams, the Cavs and the Clippers have just a two-game slate. Before we break into the ramifications of this slate, here's a full look at the game breakdown.
Number of Games:
Four Games: ATL, CHI, DAL, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOR, NYK, PHI, PHO
Three Games: BKN, BOS, CHA, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAL, MEM, OKC, ORL, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS
Two Games: CLE, LAC
Kevin Love's "rest day" Saturday reminded us that NBA teams don't care about your fantasy team, and they especially don't care when they are racing to the bottom of the NBA standings to get a coveted "bottom three" spot in the lottery. It's a shame, too - Love had been on a roll, averaging 38.7 Yahoo fantasy points over his previous four games. Love's return has also put the Cavs in a tricky spot, as they've won four of their last 10, including a win directly over fellow lottery contenders in the Knicks. Lucky for them, the Bulls are playing better, winning six of 10 to "fall" three games ahead of the Cavs in the standings. Even if the front office wants to lose, or at least doesn't mind losing, the players still draw a paycheck in this league and in a way are always auditioning for their next job. So look