Late Season Analysis: Pickups, Schedules and Scenarios to Watch
Late Season Analysis: Pickups, Schedules and Scenarios to Watch

Two days and 22 games remain in the NBA season. Congratulations for making it this far, and don't let up now with the end so close at hand.

At this point, you know the drill, so I won't beat around the bush with a lengthy intro. I'll just give you a quick table of contents. This week's article will include:

  • A rundown on what is still on the line, and which teams are still playing normal games, and which teams may try some funny business
  • Schedule analysis
  • Top adds
  • Top keeper-league prospects

As always, the players in this article must be rostered in less than two-thirds of CBS leagues. Players are listed in the order that I recommend adding them, assuming they are equally good fits for your team.

What's Still on the Line

A Playoff Berth: Pistons, Heat, Hornets

The final playoff spot in the East is still up for grabs. All three teams have two games left. The Pistons are in the driver's seat, with a one game advantage over the Heat and the Hornets, but the Hornets have the tiebreaker advantages.

If the Pistons win twice, they are in. They own the tiebreaker over the Heat, lose the tiebreaker to the Hornets, and lose a three-way to the Hornets – they really want to avoid potential ties. Detroit will be, at maximum, trying to win both of its remaining games.

The Hornets need one more win than the Pistons to get in (either they win two and

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Alex Rikleen
Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball. A certified math teacher, Rikleen decided the field of education pays too well, so he left it for writing. He is a Boston College graduate living in Delaware.
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