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Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 23

Sunday, March 29, 2015


Games Played Week 23

 

4 Games: BOS, BRK, CHA, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MIA, MIL, PHI, POR, SAC, SAN, TOR, UTA

3 Games: ATL, CHI, DAL, DEN, MEM, MIN, NOP, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHX, WAS

2 Games: CLE

 

The Atlanta Hawks celebrated their Eastern Conference win by starting Elton Brand, Mike Muscala, Dennis Schroder, John Jenkins and Kent Bazemore on Saturday night. Muscala had 18 points, 10 rebounds and a fat line, Schroder had 17 points and 11 assists, Bazemore scored 20 with three 3-pointers, and Jenkins had 16 points and three 3-pointers. Shelvin Mack played 26 minutes, but hit just 2-of-10 shots for five points and eight assists. It’s impossible to tell what the Hawks are going to do from night to night, but owning Schroder seems like a great idea, and using any of the aforementioned guys in random daily lineups will work when the starters are resting.

 

With the Cavs having just two games, you might want to look for a cheap, temporary four-gamer for the upcoming week. Bojan Bogdanovic, Marvin Williams, Jason Terry, C.J. Watson, Mario Chalmers, Henry Walker and Ish Smith are all decent options this week.

 

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Point Guards

 

Ish Smith Sixers 24 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues – Smith had 18 points, nine dimes and two steals on 8-of-14 shooting on Friday and is averaging 12.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.0 3-pointers over his last five games. He’s also ruined Isaiah Canaan.

 

Langston Galloway Knicks 23% - He’s hit double digits in scoring in four straight games and is averaging 12.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 3-pointersf over his last five. His team’s a mess, but Galloway’s been decent.

 

Dennis Schroder Hawks 27% - Schroder’s hit double digits in five straight and is averaging 15.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 2.0 3-pointers during that stretch. The only thing to ponder here is why he’s not owned in more leagues.

 

Jameer Nelson Nuggets 34% - Nelson had 22 points, five dimes and four 3-pointers on Saturday and is averaging 16.8 points, 2.0 boards, 3.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.8 3-pointers on 52 percent shooting over his last five games.

 

Jason Terry Rockets 5% - Terry had 17 points, four assists and five 3-pointers on Saturday and started again on Sunday for Patrick Beverley, who could be out for the season due to a wrist injury.

 

Shooting Guards

 

Jordan Clarkson Lakers 39% - Clarkson had 14 points and two steals on Friday after scoring 20 and 30 points in his previous two games. He’s averaging 16.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.4 3-pointers over his last five games. He should be owned in more leagues.

 

Bojan Bogdanovic Nets 9% - Bogdanovic has been pretty unreliable, burning many of us with duds on Monday and Wednesday after coming into the week on a hot streak. He got hot again on Friday with 18 points, four rebounds and two 3-pointers, and is averaging 13.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five. If you throw out his two duds, he’s scored 18, 21 and 17 points in three of his last five games, so he might be ready to get hot again.

 

Mario Chalmers Heat 51% - Dwyane Wade’s knee is messed up again and the Heat are going to have to be careful with him as the playoffs approach. Chalmers is his replacement and is averaging 11.0 points, 3.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 3-pointers over the last five games. However, he’s hitting just 39 percent of his shots and just isn’t as good as we once thought he was.

 

Randy Foye Nuggets 41% - Foye started and had 17 points and four more 3-pointers on Saturday against Portland. He’s averaging 11.8 points and 3.0 3-pointers over his last five games, and is worth owning because of his the triples. But he doesn’t do much else.

 

Austin Rivers Clippers 2% - Rivers has scored 13 and 21 points in each of his last two games, and is seeing some extra run (in theory) because Jamal Crawford continues to miss time. He played 24 minutes on Friday and 19 minutes on Wednesday, so he’s not exactly a must-own player. But as the silly season begins with bench players getting run for good teams, Rivers is a guy who could make some noise for his dad (Doc Rivers).

 


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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2017-18 NBA season marks (at least) his 16th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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