NBA Waiver Wire: Week 25 Look-Ahead
NBA Waiver Wire: Week 25 Look-Ahead

This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.

The last full week of the season is upon us, and with seemingly half the league set to watch it from the med tent, pickups are as important as ever.

Given all the injuries, it should come as no surprise that this week's top adds are dominated by injury replacements. But make sure to look past the top adds, as the other recommendations list at the bottom is as strong a field as ever. Pick whichever players are best for your lineups.

The schedule is all kinds of weird, with massive slates Wednesday (12 games), Friday (13) and Sunday (14), and tiny slates Tuesday (4), Thursday (3) and Saturday (2). Monday carries no games in observance of the NCAA Tournament Final.

In daily lineups leagues, that slate imbalance creates a massive advantage for players who play on the slow days, and disadvantages those in action on the busy nights. The 76ers, Warriors, Lakers and Kings all have four games during the week including two games on the slow days, and the Bucks have a three-game week including two on the slow days. The Clippers, Grizzlies, Pelicans and Wizards all play only three games, and all of their games are on the busy nights, making them teams to avoid in daily lineups leagues.

League-wide, it's a very busy week, with 24 teams playing four games and just six playing three games. No teams have a two-game week.

This article will focus on players available in at least 50 percent of leagues.

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Alex Rikleen
Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball and was a nominee for the 2016 FSWA Newcomer of the Year Award. 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 outside Boston.
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