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The Week Ahead: Week 9

Saturday, December 8, 2018


Week 9 Schedule: Games Played

 

4 Games: BOS, CLE, DAL, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, OKC, PHI, PHX, SAC, TOR, WAS

 

3 Games: ATL, BKN, CHA, CHI, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, MIL, MIN, NOP, NYK, ORL, POR, SAS, UTA

 

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Streaming Schedule:

 

Monday (11 Games): WAS @ IND, DET @ PHI, NOP @ BOS, SAC @ CHI, CLE @ MIL, UTA @ OKC, ORL @ DAL, MEM @ DEN, LAC @ PHX, MIN @ GSW, MIA @ LAL

 

Tuesday (3 Games): POR @ HOU, PHX @ SAS, TOR @ LAC

 

Wednesday (11 Games): DET @ CHA, NYK @ CLE, MIL @ IND, BKN @ PHI, BOS @ WAS, POR @ MEM, OKC @ NOP, ATL @ DAL, MIA @ UTA, MIN @ SAC, TOR @ GSW

 

Thursday (4 Games): LAL @ HOU, LAC @ SAS, CHI @ ORL, DAL @ PHX

 

Friday (9 Games): ATL @ BOS, NYK @ CHA, WAS @ BKN, MIL @ CLE, IND @ PHI, MIA @ MEM, OKC @ DEN, TOR @ POR, GSW @ SAC

 

Saturday (7 Games): UTA @ ORL, LAL @ CHA, BOS @ DET, HOU @ MEM, CHI @ SAS, LAC @ OKC, MIN @ PHX

 

Sunday (7 Games): ATL @ BKN, PHI @ CLE, NYK @ IND, LAL @ WAS, SAC @ DAL, MIA @ NOP, TOR @ DEN


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Back-to-Backs:

 

Sunday (Dec. 9)-Monday: Pistons, Bucks, Pelicans, Jazz

 

Monday-Tuesday: Clippers, Suns

 

Tuesday-Wednesday: Blazers, Raptors

 

Wednesday-Thursday: Mavericks

 

Thursday-Friday: None

 

Friday-Saturday: Celtics, Hornets, Grizzlies, Thunder

 

Saturday-Sunday: Lakers

 

Sunday-Monday (Dec. 16): Knicks, 76ers, Kings

 

 

Schedule Notes:

 

This week is as straightforward as it gets with 14 teams playing four times and 16 teams playing three times. 

 

The following teams have front-loaded schedules with three games from Monday-Thursday: Mavericks, Clippers, Suns

 

The following teams have back-loaded schedules with three games from Thursday-Sunday: Lakers

 

Apart from those teams mentioned above, here are the rest of the teams that play three times in four nights at some point: Blazers (Tuesday-Friday), Raptors (Tuesday-Friday), Celtics (Wednesday-Saturday), Hornets (Wednesday-Saturday), Grizzlies (Wednesday-Saturday), Thunder (Wednesday-Saturday). 

 

There are four days this week with fewer than nine games: Tuesday (3 Games), Thursday (4 Games), Saturday (7 Games) and Sunday (7 Games). We will call these quality streaming days. 

 

The following teams have the most quality streaming days: Spurs (3), Rockets (3), Clippers (3), Lakers (3), Bulls (2), Mavericks (2), Magic (2), Suns (2), Raptors (2). 

 

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Waiver-Wire Pickups:

 

*These are guys you should consider keeping for the long haul. To qualify these players have to be available in at least 50% of Yahoo Leagues. 

 

DeAndre Bembry (9%)- He’s shooting just 40.9% from the field and 60.4% from the line on the season which limits his upside in category leagues, but the counting stats have generally been solid with 8.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 0.8 triples. Taurean Prince (ankle) is going to miss several weeks and Jeremy Lin (back) is banged up, so two of Atlanta’s top-4 usage guys are on the shelf. The Hawks have used Bembry all over the floor, so he could flirt with a 20% usage rate and 30+ minutes per night. 

 

Marcus Smart (26%)- The Celtics are coming off a two-game week, so Smart is still available in quite a few leagues. The Celtics have won four straight and Smart’s insertion into the starting lineup is a big reason why — the Celtics are averaging 323.8 passes per game over their last four, compared to 288.5 over the course of the first 20 games of the season (h/t to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe). In four starts he’s averaging 7.5 points, 5.5 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.5 triples on 44.4% shooting, so he’s doing enough in the hustle categories to warrant ownership in certain roster builds. 

 

Marvin Williams (36%)- He returned from a one-game absence with 14 points, ten rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes even though he was supposed to miss at least a week. After a slow start to the season, Old-Man-Marv is trending up with three double-doubles since Nov. 25 with four games of at least three triples in that span. He was a reliable mid-round producer in recent years, so he does have the ability to sustain his current form. 

 

Alec Burks (19%)- We now have a five-game sample size to work with and it looks like Burks could do just enough to warrant a spot on the end of your roster. He’s averaging 14.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.2 triples in 28.0 minutes on 39.3% shooting, and while the FG% is a buzzkill, those counting stats are solid. His 23.5% usage rate is on pace to be the second highest mark of his career, and it could trend up as he’s playing on one of the least talented teams in the NBA. With Rodney Hood (right toe sprain) doubtful for Saturday’s game, Burks is a strong flier. 

 

Mason Plumlee (14%)- With Paul Millsap (toe) out indefinitely, the Nuggets might be tempted to use Plumlee alongside Nikola Jokic for stretches. That combo played 8.4 minutes together across 54 games with a +6.8 net rating last season, so it’s definitely something coach Malone will consider. Plumlee has been a stat stuffer this season with 6.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.1 steals in just 17.3 minutes. To put those numbers into context, he would be averaging 14.3 points, 11.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.0 blocks per 36 minutes. If you’re OK with his awful foul shooting (he makes Drummond look like Steve Nash at the line), I think he’s definitely worth a flier if you need a big. 

 

Juancho Hernangomez (40%)- Hernangomez has played 38% of his minutes at SF and 62% of his minutes at PF, so you’d think the latter could go way up with Millsap out indefinitely. He’s been a top-45 player in 9-category leagues over the past two weeks with 13.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.0 triples on an efficient 53.8% shooting, making him a must-own player until further notice. 

 

Trey Lyles (12%)- It’s no secret that Lyles has been terrible lately with 28.2% shooting in his last five games, and that’s why I’d prioritize Hernangomez and even Plumlee before him. However, Lyles has played 94% of his minutes at PF, and the opportunity is massive with Millsap out indefinitely. If you want to wait a game to see how this shakes out, that’s probably the right call given Lyles’ struggles. 

 


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