This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.
We're starting to enter the home stretch. Only four-and-a-half weeks remain this season. Regardless of format, the time to focus on "overall value" has past, and managers need to focus on how waiver wire candidates might fit within their specific rosters.
Avery Bradley is one of my top pickups this week, but he's not useful for a team punting points and need of blocks. Luke Kennard is a fantastic pickup if you need three pointers, but otherwise you should probably pass. These are the weeks when championships are won and lost, so make sure you're not wasting valuable roster spots on incompatible players.
Schedule-wise, the Warriors and Grizzlies play only two games this week, while 10 teams play four games. That's the exact same breakdown as Week 21 (two teams with two games, 10 teams with four).
The teams that play four games are: the Nets, Cavaliers, Pistons, Rockets, Clippers, Lakers, Thunder, Kings, Jazz and Wizards. By day of the week, the schedule is very unusually balanced – every day has between six and eight games. This is a week where attentive managers can gain a big advantage from streaming.
As always, we'll focus on players available in at least 50 percent of leagues. Players are listed in the order I'd recommend them, assuming all are equally good fits for your team.
Avery Bradley, Grizzlies (43 percent rostered)
Next week's schedule: at Atl, at Was