Miami – Mario Chalmers played well on Thursday with 16 points, two steals and a 3-pointer, and Udonis Haslem had six points and 10 boards in 36 minutes with Chris Bosh out. If Bosh remains in rest mode, Haslem could be a sneaky add as the Heat play two games next week.
Milwaukee – I’m not going to pretend to be smart enough to tell you who is going to play for the Bucks the rest of the way, but Monta Ellis, Brandon Jennings and Drew Gooden have all been reliable lately. Mike Dunleavy is a better option than Carlos Delfino, while Luc Richard Mbah a Moute started and had 16 points and 11 boards on Thursday, as Ersan Ilyasova irked owners by sitting out with a bruised thigh. If Ilyasova is shut down, Mbah a Moute is worth a look, and the Bucks play three times in the final week.
Minnesota – Nikola Pekovic is still kicking around and playing well, and may or may not finish out the season with his injured feet. The Wolves only have two games left – one on Sunday and another on the last day of the season. Kevin Love and Luke Ridnour could play in both of those, so give them a look. Jose Juan Barea is must-own either way, while Anthony Randolph bounced back on Thursday but also sat out the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury. If he’s going to miss time, Williams will have some potential value. Michael Beasley and Williams were better on Thursday, but you never know what you’ll get from either one of them.
New Jersey – Sundiata Gaines will be a must-own player if Deron Williams is shut down for the season with his calf injury, and had 18 points, six boards, six assists, a steal and four 3-pointers on Wednesday. We’re still waiting for word on the deal with Williams, but if he’s out Gaines could be a beast. Gerald Green, MarShon Brooks, Anthony Morrow and Jordan Williams are all worth a look, while Gerald Wallace will be a must-own player if he continues to play through his sore hamstring. The Nets play twice in the final week.
New Orleans – Eric Gordon finally graced us with his presence on Thursday and had 27 points. Al-Farouq Aminu should be owned since Trevor Ariza has been shut down, while Carl Landry has become relevant again (double-double on Thursday). Marco Belinelli scored 13 with three 3-pointers despite coming off the bench behind Gordon, while Greivis Vasquez is still worth owning in all leagues as the starting point guard. Little known Darryl Watkins and Jerome Dyson went off on Wednesday, but returned to irrelevance on Thursday. The Hornets play twice next week.
New York – Amare Stoudemire is due back on Friday night, making him a must-own player in my book. Mike Bibby is suddenly relevant with Baron Davis as beat up as any player in the league (shocking, I know), while J.R. Smith has become a must-own player. Iman Shumpert is still worth a look for his steals, while Landry Fields will be sent to the bench with Amare’s return. And if you need threes, Steve Novak is still firing away. The Knicks play twice next week.
Oklahoma City – The Thunder are the one team out there where the lineup hasn’t really changed all year. Maybe Thabo Sefolosha or Nick Collison will become relevant late, but it’s not likely. The Thunder have two games next week.
Orlando – Dwight Howard is done and Glen Davis has been hot, and he looks like a must-own player for Orlando’s two games next week. J.J. Redick, Jameer Nelson and Jason Richardson have all been hot and should also be owned in most leagues going forward.
Philadelphia – Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes have been getting nice run again and most of the guys with value in Philly should already be on someone’s roster. The Sixers have three games in the final week.
Phoenix – Jared Dudley and Channing Frye are hot again, Shannon Brown is still starting, and Markieff Morris and Sebastian Telfair might be worth a look in deeper leagues. Telfair becomes a must-own player if Steve Nash is ever shut down. The Suns play twice next week.
Portland – The Blazers are basically starting a D-League team at this point, so J.J. Hickson, Wesley Matthews, Luke Babbitt, Nolan Smith, Jonny Flynn, and yes, even Hasheem Thabeet deserve a look. My guess is Nicolas Batum’s season is over, making Babbitt a must-own player for the Blazers final few games. They have two games next week, when you can expect Smith and Flynn to share time running the point.
Sacramento – It looks like the usual suspects will continue to play for the Kings, although Jimmer Fredette could get some more run over the final few games. The Kings have two games remaining this season. Marcus Thornton’s thigh is an issue again and he’s very iffy for his next game, meaning Terrence Williams should be a solid play if MT is out.
San Antonio – The league’s most unpredictable team isn’t going to get any easier to read, but the Spurs have three games next week, making Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Tiago Splitter and Gary Neal all worth a look.
Toronto – Jose Calderon hasn’t been shut down, but also hasn’t played in four straight games due to an eye injury. Ben Uzoh has been filling in and getting solid minutes, but has also been inconsistent. He’s worth a look in many leagues, but could be ruined by Calderon showing up for the final few games. James Johnson’s played as well over the last week as he has at any point this season, while Alan Anderson now looks like a guy that should be owned in all leagues. The Raps play two games next week to finish out the season.
Utah – DeMarre Carroll is starting at small forward and worth a look, while Derrick Favors remains a solid option off Utah’s bench. His numbers have been down over the last few games with Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap handling things up front, but Favors could be solid in the Jazz’s final two games next week.
Washington – Nene is worth a look in most leagues now that he’s back in action, James Singleton and Cartier Martin are usually strong off the bench, and Jan Vesely is getting plenty of minutes in the starting lineup. Kevin Seraphin is still worth using despite Nene’s return and the Wizards have a nice three-game week in the finale.