Steve Alexander

NBA Schedule Breakdown

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Schedule Breakdown & Snapdraft

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Here is a column that ran in the Draft Guide and Season Pass. If you didn't purchase either product, consider this a late Christmas gift. If you don't play in a weekly lineup league, this information may not be as helpful, but then again, it never hurts to have as many games played as possible in Roto or daily leagues either, right?

I got an email from a guy who was being offered Raptors for Hawks and Timberwolves and it almost seemed to good to be true – actually, it was. The Raptors second-half schedule is awful and the Hawks and Timberwolves have great schedules the rest of the way, and in the H2H playoffs. I left the first half stuff in here, just for reference, but you'll obviously want to focus on the second half and playoff information from here on out.

But before I get to that, take a look at Snapdraft! Here is a quick informational column that Gregg Rosenthal wrote recently that will tell you everything you need to know. Hoops is the only game in town right now, so to speak, so why not check it out?

We've running this lil' Snapdraft thing for six weeks now. The response, frankly, has been even better than we could have imagined. We are building Snapdraft Nation and we are getting great feedback on the game. I think it's truly a game of skill where the best fantasy players are rewarded – often handsomely.

One pleasant surprise has been how much people have enjoyed the NBA and NHL versions of the game in addition to all the great NFL playoff action. Many top players are competing in an NBA Snapdraft game every night.

There are plenty of combo-games available where you can combine the NFL, NBA and NHL on Super Bowl Sunday.

You can compete against one opponent … or 99! You can play for as little as $1 or $10 per contest. As always with Snapdraft, the choice is yours. So if you have given up on your hoops team and aren't all that intrigued by the Super Bow match up, get back in the game and enjoy all the action this Sunday. Good luck this weekend!

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Schedule Breakdown

1.Lakers - Trade for Lakers around Christmas and enjoy them with that strong playoff schedule.

Weeks 1-12 = five 4-game weeks, two 2-game weeks
Weeks 13-24 = eight 4-game weeks, one 2-game week
Playoffs = 3-4-4-4
Grades: 1st Half – C, 2nd Half – A+, Season – A, Playoffs – A

2. Bucks - Draft Bucks and enjoy them in the first half and then dump them around the break. That playoff schedule is brutal.

Weeks 1-12 = eight 4-game weeks, one 2-game week
Weeks 13-24 = five 4-game weeks, three 2-game weeks
Playoffs = 2-3-4-2
Grades: 1st Half – A+, 2nd Half – D, Season – B-, Playoffs – F

3. Celtics - Good news is just two 2-game weeks all year. Decent schedule throughout until the final stages of your playoffs.

Weeks 1-12 = seven 4-game weeks, one 2-game week
Weeks 13-24 = five 4-game weeks, one 2-game weeks
Playoffs = 4-4-2-3
Grades: 1st Half – A, 2nd Half – C, Season – B-, Playoffs – D

4. Rockets - Not much going on here, but their first half is strong.

Weeks 1-12 = seven 4-game weeks, two 2-game week
Weeks 13-24 = five 4-game weeks, one 2-game weeks
Playoffs = 4-2-3-3
Grades: 1st Half – A, 2nd Half – C, Season – B-, Playoffs – C-

5. Clippers - Watch out for those three 2-game weeks in the first half! In fact, you're better off avoiding them for the first half and trading for Clippers near the break. Or just plan on benching some players for those three weeks.

Weeks 1-12 = six 4-game weeks, three 2-game weeks
Weeks 13-24 = six 4-game weeks, zero 2-game weeks
Playoffs = 4-4-3-3
Grades: 1st Half – C-, 2nd Half – B+, Season – B-, Playoffs – B

6. Kings - Kings are steady all the way and strong in the playoffs.

Weeks 1-12 = six 4-game weeks, one 2-game week
Weeks 13-24 = six 4-game weeks, two 2-game weeks
Playoffs = 4-2-4-4
Grades: 1st Half – B, 2nd Half – B, Season – B, Playoffs – B+

7. Jazz - 5-game week for playoffs is nice, but you pay for it before and after. Rest of schedule is nice.

Weeks 1-12 = seven 4-game weeks, two 2-game weeks
Weeks 13-24 = five 4-game weeks, one 2-game weeks
Playoffs = 2-3-5-3
Grades: 1st Half – A-, 2nd Half – C, Season – B, Playoffs – C-

8. Wizards - Two games in possible championship week hurts, but second-half schedule is strong.

Weeks 1-12 = five 4-game weeks, two 2-game weeks
Weeks 13-24 = seven 4-game weeks, one 2-game week
Playoffs = 4-4-3-2
Grades: 1st Half – C-, 2nd Half – A, Season – B, Playoffs – C

9. Hawks - It's nice that the Hawks have no 2-game weeks in second half and playoffs aren't bad. Trade for them near the break.

Weeks 1-12 = five 4-game weeks, two 2-game weeks
Weeks 13-24 = six 4-game weeks, zero 2-game weeks
Playoffs = 3-4-3-3
Grades: 1st Half – C-, 2nd Half – B+, Season – C+, Playoffs – C

10. Bobcats - Solid playoff schedule follows ordinary regular season. No 2-game weeks in second half is nice.

Weeks 1-12 = six 4-game weeks, two 2-game weeks
Weeks 13-24 = five 4-game weeks, zero 2-game weeks
Playoffs = 4-3-4-3
Grades: 1st Half – B-, 2nd Half – C, Season – C+, Playoffs – B

11. Mavericks - Average schedule all the way around, although just one 2-game week all season.

Weeks 1-12 = five 4-game weeks, one 2-game week
Weeks 13-24 = six 4-game weeks, one 2-game week
Playoffs = 3-3-4-3
Grades: 1st Half – C, 2nd Half – B, Season – C+, Playoffs – C

12. Nuggets - 2-game week during possible championship week hurts. Boring schedule throughout.

Weeks 1-12 = six 4-game weeks, one 2-game week
Weeks 13-24 = five 4-game weeks, one 2-game week
Playoffs = 3-4-4-2
Grades: 1st Half – B, 2nd Half – C, Season – C, Playoffs – C

13. Warriors - Strong playoff schedule, average regular season.

Weeks 1-12 = six 4-game weeks, one 2-game week
Weeks 13-24 = five 4-game weeks, one 2-game week
Playoffs = 4-3-4-3
Grades: 1st Half – B, 2nd Half – C, Season – C, Playoffs – B

14. Grizzlies - Dreamy playoff schedule for Rudy Gay – which is the only time you'll his name and playoffs in the same sentence this year.

Weeks 1-12 = five 4-game weeks, two 2-game weeks
Weeks 13-24 = six 4-game weeks, zero 2-game weeks
Playoffs = 4-3-4-4
Grades: 1st Half – C-, 2nd Half – B+, Season – C, Playoffs – A

15. Timberwolves - Feel free to skip Timberwolves in your draft, but trade for them after Christmas! That second-half schedule is golden and the playoffs are solid.

Weeks 1-12 = three 4-game weeks, one 2-game week
Weeks 13-24 = eight 4-game weeks, zero 2-game weeks
Playoffs = 4-4-3-3
Grades: 1st Half – F, 2nd Half – A+, Season – C, Playoffs – B

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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 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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