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NBA Draft Kit: Head-to-Head Team Playoff Rankings

James Anderson

James Anderson

James Anderson is a University of Minnesota graduate, with allegiances to the Packers, Brewers, Bucks (sigh) and Gophers (double sigh). He is an editor and scribe at, primarily focused on basketball and baseball. In 2013 he was a FSWA finalist for Fantasy Basketball writer of the year.

In typical head-to-head formats, the first week of a three-round playoff setup is Week 21 (March 17-23), followed by Week 22 (March 24-30) for round two and Week 23 (March 31 - April 6) for the championship matchup.

All 30 teams are ranked here by how favorable their schedule is for the fantasy playoffs, primarily focusing on number of games, but also using strength of opponents and the assumed motivation by each team to field its best lineup. In this season, more than any in recent memory, bad teams will be actively tanking during the fantasy playoffs, so matchups against teams like the Bobcats, Magic, 76ers, Suns, Celtics, Kings and Jazz will be weighted more favorably than those against the teams that may actually have a shot at a playoff spot.

Tier One: Teams with 12 Games in the Fantasy Playoffs

1. Atlanta Hawks
Week 21: (4) @CHA, TOR, NOR, @TOR
Week 22: (4) PHX, @MIN, POR, @WAS
Week 23: (4) PHI, CHI, CLE, @IND
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