This article is part of our In-Season Strategy series.
The trade deadline has passed, and the All-Star Game is upon us this upcoming weekend. That means we have abbreviated schedules in Week 18 and Week 19. Most major sites have sensible scheduling, including Yahoo, and have combined the two weeks to give us a real sampling of games. As such, this article will focus on the combined week. If you are looking for the number of games individually in Week 18 and Week 19, realize that Week 18 mirrors the combined list - the Knicks are the only team with three games, and the Lakers, Suns, Kings, Spurs and Jazz have just one game. In Week 19, every NBA team has two and only two games.
Number of Games - Combined:
Five Games: NYK
Four Games: ATL, BOS, BKN, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOR, OKC, ORL, PHI, POR, TOR, WAS
Three Games: LAL, PHO, SAC, SAS, UTA
One obvious benefit of using the combined Week 18-19 schedule is that it puts the players from those five teams back in play. Having a three-game schedule for a 30-point player (using the Yahoo fantasy scoring scale) against a 20-25-point player with four games is a lot closer than that same comparison between a one-game player against a two-game player.
So who benefits the most among those five three-game teams? For the Lakers, we'll see how much they work Reggie Bullock into the rotation when he makes his team debut Sunday against