LA Clippers vs. Charlotte Hornets
- Reggie Jackson delivered off the bench with 19 points, five treys, and one emphatic block in 28 minutes. Jackson has been reliably scoring in double figures lately (except last game when his minutes suddenly dropped) with multiple threes and a couple of assists. The Clippers have a cake schedule remaining (at HOU, at OKC), so Jackson (22 percent owned in Yahoo!) is a solid pickup for the final weekend.
- The Hornets are still rolling with Jalen McDaniels in their starting lineup. While the youngster hasn’t had a monster game in a while, he’s dripping with potential. McDaniels (27 percent owned in Yahoo!) scored 10 points, hit a three, and grabbed four rebounds against the Clips. He’s a lottery ticket for Charlotte’s finale against Washington.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Indiana Pacers
- If you’re looking for a cheap rebounds/treys combo this weekend, Pat Connaughton is widely available (six percent owned in Yahoo!). Connaughton hit two triples and hauled in four boards last night. Over his past five games, he’s averaging 1.6 3PTM and 6.8 RPG.
- Justin Holiday was dropped in many leagues (down to 37 percent owned in Yahoo!) after being mired in a shooting funk and being moved to the bench. He’s gotten it going lately and returned to the starting lineup as Indy tries to get healthy for the play-in games. Holiday went off for 26 points, draining eight of his 12 triple tries, to go along with five boards and dimes apiece. Over his past three, Holiday is averaging 17.7 PPG, 4.7 3PTM, and 1.7 BPG.
Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks
- RJ Hampton has been a bright spot down the stretch in Orlando. After an 18-8-5 performance (with four treys), Hampton (37 percent owned in Yahoo!) has now scored in double figures in eight straight and has dished at least five dimes in five of his last seven.
- Atlanta is trying to work De’Andre Hunter back into the rotation in time for the playoffs, but the sophomore (who got off to a blistering start in 2021) is fantasy irrelevant for the Hawks’ final game. There are better options on the wire (28 percent owned in Yahoo!).
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat
- Philly has yet to clinch the 1-seed in the East after consecutive defeats. That means there’s no gold to mine at the end of this roster at this time.
- Similarly, Miami is motivated to keep winning and stay in the fourth or fifth spot to try and maximize their playoff odds. That means they’ll keep rolling with the same core lineup they’ve been using. Trevor Ariza (18 percent owned in Yahoo!) is a solid option for threes and steals. The veteran wing hit two threes and recorded a swipe against the Sixers.
San Antonio Spurs vs. New York Knicks
- The Spurs know their postseason fate, having been locked into the 10th slot out West. If Coach Pop elects to rest his regulars this weekend, Drew Eubanks, Devin Vassell, Gorgui Dieng, Tre Jones, and even Keita Bates-Diop are all decent speculative pickups.
- Alec Burks has been mostly out of the lineup the past several weeks, but he returned with a bang on Thursday, piling up 30 points, 10 rebounds, and five triples in 34 minutes off the bench. Be the first to grab him off waivers (16 percent owned in Yahoo!).
Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls
- Stanley Johnson is Exhibit A of why you end your fantasy league before the final week of the season. The former lottery pick came out of literally nowhere to drop a career-high 35 points (which, I’m pretty sure, is more points than he’s mustered the past 3 seasons combined), to go along with 10 boards, six treys, five dimes, and three thefts. Currently, he is rostered in zero percent of leagues, but that’s about to change in a hurry.
- Chicago is somehow still technically in the play-in race and gave Javonte Green a look last night. The former Celtic responded with 10 points in 13 minutes, but he’s not a fantasy factor at all (zero percent owned in Yahoo!).
Sacramento Kings vs. Memphis Grizzlies
- If it wasn’t for Stanley Johnson, Justin James would have got the “Whodat?” line of the night, after he scored 31 points on 12-of-17 shooting. With Sacramento officially eliminated from postseason contention, James is a candidate for some extra burn in the final two games of the season (zero percent owned in Yahoo!).
- Memphis is incentivized to keep winning to finish eighth, meaning they’ll be keeping their rotation through the end of the season. Desmond Bane is a decent play if you need triples with some assist upside. The rookie (five percent owned in Yahoo!) struggled last night, shooting just 2-for-8 from the field.
Denver Nuggets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
- With Michael Porter Jr. out, it was JaVale McGee getting the spot start (maybe Denver was trying to justify Nikola Jokic getting a forward slot on the All NBA First Team?). The veteran center made the most of his 24 minutes, recording a double-double and adding a pair of rejections. With Porter due back next game, McGee (three percent owned in Yahoo!) remains fantasy irrelevant.
- Naz Reid may be the only consistent Timberwolf outside their “Big 3”. No matter his role, Reid seems to scratch and claw his way to double-digit points almost every night. For the season he’s averaging 11.1 PPG on 52 percent shooting, with about a three and a block per contest. If you need scoring with treys/blocks upside, Reid (15 percent owned in Yahoo!) is worth a flier.
Portland Trailblazers vs. Phoenix Suns
- Portland has slashed their rotation to the bare minimum as they try to stave off the Lakers in the race to avoid the play-in tournament. No good pickups available here, and the Blazers are down to one game left in their season.
- Cam Payne stayed hot Thursday night with a 21-point outburst off the bench. He nailed all three of his attempts from behind the arc and handed out five assists. Over his past four games, Payne is averaging 16.8 PPG on 64 percent shooting, with 3.5 APG, 2.8 3PTM, and 1.0 SPG. He’s a solid pickup for Phoenix’s weekend back-to-back against the Spurs.