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Sunday, March 16, 2014


Another thing to consider is back-to-backs the rest of the way, as guys like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook, Eric Bledsoe and all of the Spurs, Nets and other aging teams could find themselves sitting when their team goes on in back-to-back nights. Here’s a rundown of remaining back-to-back games on the schedule.

 

Remaining back-to-backs (with notes)

 

ATL – 4 – March 17/18, 23/24, 26/27, April 11/12

 

BOS – 3 - March 16/17, 30-31, April 11/12 - Rajon Rondo is very iffy for all three.

 

BRK – 5 - March 23/24, April 1/2, 4/5, 8/9, 15/16 - Deron Williams, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett all could be impacted.

 

CHA – 1 - April 11/12

 

CHI – 4 - March 21/22, 30/31, April 4/5, 13/14 - Carlos Boozer, Kirk Hinrich and Joakim Noah could all be impacted, but the Bulls will be fighting for playoff seeding, which helps.

 

CLE – 4 – March 22/23, 25/26, April 4/5, 11/12 - Luol Deng, Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao are all candidates to sit.

 

DAL – 1 – March 16/17 - Maybe someone will sit on Monday, but it looks like the Mavs are in the clear as far as back-to-backs go.

 

DEN – 3 – March 23/24, April 9/10, 15/16

 

DET – 4 – March 21/22, 28/29, April 4/5, 8/9

 

GSW – 3 - April 1/2, 10/11, 13/14 - As if the bad games-played schedule wasn’t enough, Stephen Curry, David Lee and Andrew Bogut could be in some jeopardy late.

 

HOU – 4 – March 16/17, April 1/2, 8/9, 11/12 - James Harden or Dwight Howard could get a night off at some point, but not guaranteed.

 

IND – 2 – March 21/22, 30/31 - This is good news for Indy with no April back-to-backs.

 

LAC – 4 - March 16/17, 26/27, April 2/3, 15/16 - Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford and DeAndre Jordan are at some risk, but the two two-game weeks may offset it. They should be pretty rested.

 

LAL – 3 – March 27/28, April 1/2, 13/14 - All their old guys are already out except for Pau Gasol, and he should be considered at risk for all three back-to-backs.

 

MEM – 3 – March 21/22, 30/31, April 13/14

 

MIA – 5 – March 18/19, 21/22, 28/29, April 8/9, 11/12 - With all those four-game weeks and the history of sitting LeBron James and Dwyane Wade late in the season, this could be a disaster in the making.

 

MIL – 3 – March 23/24, April 4/5, 11/12

 

MIN – 5 - March 19/20, 23/24, 30/31, April 4/5, 8/9 - Kevin Love has a history of not playing a lot of games down the stretch and all these back-to-backs have to be a little worrisome. Additionally, Nikola Pekovic was out on Sunday and he’s officially a shutdown candidate.

 

NOP – 3 – March 21/22, 28/29, April 11/12

 

NYK – 3 – March 25/26, 30/31, April 15/16 - Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton and Carmelo Anthony are all candidates for a miss or three.

 

OKC – 6 – March 16/17, 20/21, 24/25, April 3/4, 8/9, 13/14 - It’s bad enough that Russell Westbrook isn’t playing on Sunday, but with so many back-to-backs remaining, Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka could miss a game or two, also. As for Westbrook, it looks to me like you can chalk him up for about five more missed games down the stretch, making him almost useless in weekly leagues.

 

ORL – 4 – March 18/19, 22/23, April 4/5, 13/14 - Jameer Nelson is the guy I’m worried most about at this point.

 

PHI – 3 – March 21/22, April 4/5, 11/12 - Thaddeus Young might have earned a night off, but the rest of these kids should play if healthy.

 

PHX – 3 - March 16/17, 23/24, April 11/12 - Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe could get a couple nights off, but could be worse.

 

POR – 1 - March 24/25 - Good news for LaMarcus Aldridge, as long as he’s healthy enough to play.

 

SAC – 3 – March 28/29, April 8/9, 12/13 - DeMarcus Cousins was a surprise scratch due to knee tendinitis on Sunday and you have to wonder if he’ll go on back-to-back nights the rest of the way. Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas are also candidates for a random night off.

 

SAS – 4 - March 21/22, 28/29, April 2/3, 10/11 - Greg Popovich should be a huge factor for all eight of these games. And you can take it to the bank that Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili will all miss at least one, if not more, of these games.

 

TOR – 5 – March 18/19, 25/26, 30/31, April 4/5, 13/14 - That’s a lot of back-to-backs and the Raptors have a great schedule the rest of the way. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are at the most risk, along with Amir Johnson’s ankles, but the good news is the Raps should be fighting for playoff position until the end.

 

UTA – 3 – March 16/17, 30/31, April 11/12

 

WAS – 4 - March 20/21, 28/29, April 4/5, 11/12 – The Wizards are going to the playoffs and might want to get John Wall, Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza and Marcin Gortat some rest, but they’re going to be fighting for playoff position as well, so it will depend on how the coaching staff prioritizes their playoff opponent vs. rest.

 


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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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