There are only 14 teams with two games in three nights, and that may sound normal, but not this year. In fact throughout writing this article for three seasons now the NBA has found a way to pack in weekend games more than ever.
The tactic which schedule makers have employed is sending a team to a city for two games against the same team on a Friday, then Sunday. The outcome has been nearly every weekend 18-24 teams seem to be playing two in three nights. Well, not this weekend; pickings, if not slim are more reminiscent of the 2019-20 season and prior.
Fantasy Basketball Weekend Streamers
NBA Fantasy Streamers is a weekly article put out by Fantrax to help Fantasy NBA managers chase down statistics in weekly league formats. All the players listed below play 2 games in three nights between Friday and Sunday, giving you the best opportunity to maximize their statistical output.
Teams With Two Games
ATL, BKN, CHA, CLE, DEN, LAL, MIA, NOP, NYK, OKC, PHI, POR, SAS, WAS
Immanuel Quickley, G – New York Knicks | 87% rostered
Best Stats: PTS, AST, STL
Quickly had a REALLY off night in Sacramento Thursday but that shouldn’t deter managers from picking him up, especially on this lean weekend. Don’t be fooled by his 87% rostered number, in standard leagues that is likely closer to 50%.
Sure, he is going to have some bad nights, but managers really only need one breakout night out of Quickley to make it worthwhile. With two back-to-back games in LA, and Jalen Brunson leaving at halftime with a foot injury in Sacramento Quckley figures to play big minutes all weekend.
Devonte’ Graham, G – San Antonio Spurs | 41% rostered
Best Stats: 3pM, AST, PTS
The Spurs are in full tank mode, fighting it out with Houston and Detroit for the most ping-pong balls in the upcoming lottery. The upside? Players who were nearly out of the rotation showing up and playing minutes; enter Devonte’ Graham.
Over his last ten games, Graham is averaging more than 25 minutes a night while knocking down 3.3 threes per game. He’s only scored more than 12 points in four of those ten contests, so while he is a great pick-up for threes, scoring is a very secondary statistic for Graham. Not to be overshadowed is that Graham has dished out four or more assists in nine out of the ten games during this run.
Lebron-less in LA
Austin Reaves, G/F – Los Angeles Lakers | 47% rostered
PTS, AST, 3PM
Troy Brown Jr, G/F – Los Angeles Lakers | 27% rostered
3PM, REB, PTS
This one is a classic twofer. Both Lakers, with flexible roster positioning, and do very similar things statistically. Both Reaves and Brown have played solid minutes over the last two games, and warrant a look this weekend. Reaves is certainly more of a playmaker, with 15 assists over his last two games. Brown on the other hand is better from range, hitting 13 threes over his last four games.
The common bond beyond being Lakers is that aside from Anthony Davis these two have the most pressure to cover for Lebron’s absence, likely until the last week of March. Of course, this is an impossible task, but for fantasy managers, both offer intriguing skill sets which could produce fruitful stat lines this weekend.
Cam Reddish, F – Portland Trailblazers | 57% rostered
Best Stats: 3PM, PTS, REB
Reddish has played 30+ minutes in four straight games and hit 10 threes in that same span. I’m unsure if Cam has finally secured a bigger role in the Blazers’ rotation, or if Portland is just grasping for anything at this point.
Best Options for Three Pointers Made
- Corey Kispert, G/F – Washington Wizards | 27% rostered
- Max Strus, G/F – Miami Heat | 58% rostered
- Trey Murhpy, F – New Orleans Pelicans | 79% rostered
Best Options for Rebounds
- Isaiah Hartenstein, C – New York Knicks | 53% rostered
- Deni Avdija, G/F – Washington Wizards | 65% rostered