Apr 07, 2018
NBA FANTASY BASKETBALL REVIEW APRIL 7 2018
This past week in the NBA was crucial for deciding who’s in and who’s out of the playoffs. The Nuggets and Clippers were on the outside looking in of the Western Conference, but not by much. On Tuesday the Clippers had a big win against the Spurs to keep their playoff hopes alive. Tobias Harris had one of his best games of the season in the win over the Spurs, putting up 31 points and 9 rebounds for 49.3 fantasy basketball points. However, the Clippers couldn’t keep the magic rolling as they dropped their Thursday game to the Jazz by 22 points. Donovan Mitchell led all Jazz players with 19 points, as the Clippers were eliminated from playoff contention. The Nuggets, on the other hand, won both of their games this week and now share an identical record with the 8th place Timberwolves. They snuck by the Pacers 107-104 on Tuesday then kept their season alive with a 100-96 victory over the Timberwolves on Thursday. Jokic came an assist away from a triple-double posting a 16/14/9 line and 50.3 fantasy basketball points, in the huge win. The Nuggets and Timberwolves each have three games left this season and actually face each other in their last game. That game will most likely decide who makes the playoffs.
Riding a four-game win streak, the Jazz have moved into the fourth spot in the Western Conference. This spot is of course so important because it brings about home court advantage in the first round. The Spurs and Thunder both trail the Jazz by a game. On Wednesday the Spurs dropped an overtime game to the Lakers after losing to the Clippers the night before. Kuzma (30 points and 5 rebounds) and Caldwell-Pope (21 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists) led the Lakers team with 37.5 and 36.3 fantasy basketball points respectively. All of those teams have three games remaining, so no one’s spot is safe just yet.
With all of the focus on the tight Western Conference, the battles in the Eastern Conference seem to have gone un-talked about. This week the Heat beat the Hawks in back to back games to jump into the sixth seed. The Heat have quietly put together a very impressive season with a team that entered the season with little expectations. The Wizards have dropped three straight and seven of their last ten, as they are in danger of dropping into the eighth seed. The 76ers, on the other hand, have won 12 straight and are sitting a game and a half up on the Pacers for the fourth spot. The Pacers and 76ers will be playing each other in the first round of the playoffs, the question now is who will have home-court advantage.
Perhaps biggest news this week came out of Boston, as they announced their star Kyrie Irving will miss the rest of the season with his Knee injury. Kyrie missed the Celtics’ last 11 games before the news was announced this Thursday. The Celtics were 7-4 in that stretch without Kyrie, so they have proved they can hold their own without him. However, any real shot at a championship or even an Eastern Conference Title probably evaporated with the bad news.
There are only five games before the regular season ends so remember to keep getting your Fantasy Basketball lineups in at Draftboard.