Apr 10, 2018


There are two more days left in the NBA season and most teams only have a single game left. By this point teams are usually looking at the first round of the playoffs, analyzing who they will be playing, and are starting to prepare for that team. This year, however, has turned out to be a different beast. We will start in the East where things are a bit more under control. The Heat and the Wizards are battling over the 7th and 8th seed. If the Wizards can win their final two games, and if the Heat lose their last game, the Wizards would secure the 7th seed. This year the distinction between that 7th and 8th seed is larger than usual. Securing the 7th seed leads to a series against the banged-up Celtics, a much better matchup than the Conference Champion Raptors. The Wizards have dropped four straight but do have John Wall back in their lineup. Wall, who was out for eight weeks with a knee injury, returned to action last week and exploded for 28 points and 14 assists for 56.8 fantasy basketball points in his last appearance. The Wizards are hoping Wall can help them leapfrog the Heat in the Eastern Conference Standings. The other spot still up for grabs in the East is the 3rd spot. With the 76ers on their 14 game win streak, they have passed the Cavs in the standings and now sit a half-game ahead of them in the third spot. Philadelphia has two games left, while the Cavs only have one and hold the tiebreaker. That means in order to guarantee that third spot, the 76ers need to win out. They will be playing the Hawks and the Bucks this week, two games they should win. Ben Simmons is really making his case for rookie of the year this past month, he had one of his biggest games of the season last week against the Cavs going for 27 points, 15 rebounds, and 13 assists on his way to 76.5 fantasy basketball points. Expect a big game from him against the Hawks as he has put up 50 plus fantasy points in both of their previous meetings this year.

The Western Conference is where the real madness is this year. The Pelicans, Spurs, and Thunder all sit tied at 47-34 with a game left. The Jazz sit a half-game ahead of that pack, in the 4th spot with two games left to play in their schedule. The Jazz also sit only a half-game behind the Trailblazers, who have dropped four straight, for the 3rd spot in the West. And who do the Jazz play in their final game of the season? The Trailblazers. So the Jazz could wind up anywhere from the 3rd to the 7th seed in these next two games. The Jazz have at least clinched a playoff spot, the same can’t be said for the Nuggets and the Timberwolves. Denver and Minnesota sit all tied up in the 8th spot, a game away from the jumbled mess of the Pelicans, Spurs, and Thunder. And who do the Nuggets play in their season finale? You guessed it, the Timberwolves. Whoever designed this year's schedule did so to perfection. The game on Wednesday will decide who is in and who is out, with each teams' fate being in their own control. The Nuggets have won six straight to put themselves in this position. Nikola Jokic has been the star player for Denver in their run, averaging 23.6 points and 13.3 rebounds over the six-game win streak, while posting back to back triple-doubles in his last two games. Fantasy Basketball players have been enjoying Jokic’s success as he has averaged almost 60 fantasy basketball points a game over that span, 15 points better than his season average.

As a basketball fan you could not have planned a more exciting finish to a season. So draft yourself a Fantasy Basketball team at Draftboard, sneak out of work early, sit back and watch the madness unfold.

Dan Quinn