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Sunday, March 10, 2013

We are down to just five full weeks left in the regular season, in addition to the short final week that starts on Monday April 15 and ends on Wednesday of that week. If you’re interested in seeing weekly schedule numbers for the rest of the season, they’re included at the end of this column. Mike Gallagher also put together an incredibly detailed schedule report that can help you win your league.


Games Played for Week 20




2 Games – CHI, LAC, SAC




Mo Williams Jazz – Mo-Will has scored just 18 points in his three games since returning from a thumb injury, but is starting at point guard for the Jazz and is playing more than 25 minutes per game. His shot hasn’t started falling yet, as he’s hit just 7-of-27 shots over his last three games, but he should be getting ready to put up better numbers going forward. The Jazz go 3-4-4-4-2-2 to finish up the season.


Marco Belinelli Bulls – Belinelli is hot and the Bulls backcourt is fairly depleted. He’s scored 20, 21 and 22 points in his last three games with 10 3-pointers and 15 assists. He’s also played 41 or more minutes in three straight games and I doubt the return of Richard Hamilton will hurt him much. The biggest problem is that the Bulls play just two games this week, but then go 4-3-4-4-2 to finish up. Nate Robinson is also coming on again and we just don't know if or when Derrick Rose is going to make his debut. If Robinson was dropped in your league, think about grabbing him. He's having a nice day against the Lakers on Sunday.


Tony Allen & Jerryd Bayless Grizzlies – Allen has hit double digits in scoring in four straight games and is averaging 11.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals over his last five. Bayless has also scored in double digits in three straight games and might also be worth a look in your league, especially if you need threes. He’s hit five of them over his last three games and the Grizzlies go 4-4-4-4-3-2 to finish up the season.


Alec Burks Jazz – Burks has hit double figures in scoring in four of his last five games, and is averaging 12.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.6 3-pointers over his last five. Those aren’t mind-blowing numbers, but the Jazz have a decent schedule to finish the season, going 3-4-4-4-2-2, making Burks worth a deep-league look. 


Luke Ridnour & J.J. Barea Timberwolves – Ridnour had just seven points on Saturday but is averaging 13.6 points, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 0.6 3-pointers over his last five games. Barea has hit double digits in four of his last five and is averaging 13.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.8 3-pointers over his last five, despite not playing 30 minutes in any of them. Both players are going to see plenty of run alongside Ricky Rubio going forward, and their 4-4-4-4-4-2 schedule is as good as it gets.  




Gerald Henderson Bobcats – Henderson has scored 11 or more in five straight games and is averaging 15.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists over that stretch, but hasn’t been stealing, blocking or hitting threes, and is shooting just 39 percent in those five games. But the minutes are there, he’s helping to pick up the scoring slack left by the disappearance of Byron Mullens, and the Bobcats finish up 3-4-3-4-3-2. Guard Ben Gordon has quietly scored between 13 and 19 points in his last four games with seven 3-pointers, meaning he’s also worth a look now that he’s finally out of coach Mike Dunlap’s doghouse.


Marcus Morris & Markieff Morris Suns – Both Morris boys have started the last two games for the Suns with Marcin Gortat’s season likely over. Markieff played just 19 minutes on Saturday, finishing with 14 points and five rebounds. Marcus has scored in double digits in four of his last five games and is averaging 12.0 points. 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.6 3-pointers over that stretch.  Both players are worth a close look in most leagues, and I prefer Marcus given his numbers over the last five games. But if Markieff sticks in the starting lineup, it could be a coin toss as to who will be better going forward. The Suns finish with a 4-4-3-3-3-2 schedule.


Martell Webster & Trevor Ariza Wizards – Webster is starting and scored 20 points with four 3-pointers on Saturday. He’s averaging 12.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 3-pointers over his last five, while Ariza comes off the bench when Webster is resting. Ariza blew up for 26 points on Saturday with 10 rebounds and five 3-pointers. Ariza is averaging 14.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.2 3-pointers over his last five. Ariza’s been a little better recently, but I don’t fully trust him coming off the bench. But any way you slice it, both players are worth owning in most leagues, and the Wizards’ schedule finishes up 4-4-4-4-3-2, which is very nice. Just beware that both players could take a little hit once Bradley Beal is back from the ankle injury that’s kept him out of three straight games.


Dorell Wright Sixers – Wright has quietly scored between 10 and 20 points in his last five games, averaging 14.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 2.8 3-pointers for the Sixers. Keep in mind that Nick Young has been out with an ankle injury, but Wright has also been seeing some run at power forward. And given his strong play in 27 minutes per game over his last five, Wright looks like a smart pickup right now. The Sixers finish 3-4-4-3-4-2.


Mickael Gelabale Timberwolves – Gelabale’s been starting in place of injured Andrei Kirilenko and scored a season-high 19 points on Saturday, hitting 8-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers in that one. He had scored six or fewer points in his previous nine games and is far from a guarantee for fantasy production going forward. But as long as he’s starting, he’ll be worth a look in some very deep leagues. The Wolves finish 4-4-4-4-4-2, which is as good as it gets. 

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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for and a contributor to The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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