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As this may be the final day of your head-to-head matchup, execute all pertinent transactions and finalize your active lineup before the first game. Additionally, if you realize you're going to win before the last few games are played, benching the rest of your active players to ensure the win becomes the optimal move.
There isn't any basketball this Monday due to the NCAA title game. The final day of the regular season is April 13, and most teams play five or six games between now and then. The Nuggets, Knicks and Trail Blazers are the only teams to play a minimum four times over the next week and a half. All three teams and the Warriors are limited to one game in Week 25. Every other team is slated to play twice in the final week, with almost the entire league playing on the final day, excluding the Knicks and Thunder.
If you've seen the film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, then you know the spectrum of calamities awaiting these teams chasing postseason berths. The top four squads in the West will likely have their seeds secured by Wednesday or Thursday due to the separation in the standings. In the East Conference, seeds three through six are separated by a half-game. The teams opting to improve their draft odds will generate some alternative lineups and cause eyebrow-raising results. We already know DeMarcus Cousins won't play in at least two of the Kings' final five games because