This article is part of our In-Season Strategy series.
In terms of how it winds down its regular season, the NBA is more like Major League Baseball than it is the NFL, in that the wave of players sitting out for rest purposes and other players getting shut down for injuries that they might otherwise play through or just miss a couple of games lasts for a full month, maybe longer. However, this week is more analogous to Week 17 of the NFL - full shutdowns are in place everywhere, and it's more difficult to find teams with something to play for than ever. You have to hope to catch lightning in a bottle and get the next Devin Booker, looking to pursue a personal milestone.
We're treating Week 25 like we did the All-Star break week, adding three two days from the following week to finish the season. Also like last time, we'll list out the number of games just for Week 25 separately, but our analysis will include the three extra days.
Week 25-26 Number of Games:
Six Games: CHA, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, MIA, MIN, NYK, PHI, POR, UTA
Five Games: ATL, BOS, BKN, CHI, CLE, HOU, IND, LAL, MEM, MIL, NOR, OKC, ORL, PHO, SAC, SAS, TOR
Four Games: LAC, WAS
Separate list just for Week 25:
Four Games: ATL, BKN, BOS, CHA, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAL, MIA, MIL, MIN, NYK, ORL, PHI, PHX, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA
Three Games: CHI, LAC, MEM, NOR, OKC, WAS