Fantasy Basketball Schedule Preview: 26 April- 2 May

The fantasy basketball playoffs are here. Here is a look at how to maximize your games played in head-to-head leagues.

It is playoff time in fantasy basketball, so let us keep things short and sweet here. The goal is to use the schedule to maximize your games played in head-to-head leagues. Fans can check out the slate and how to take advantage further using our Advanced Schedule Grid. Let’s jump right into it. 

Teams that play five times (3)

Mavericks, Thunder, Raptors

Teams that play four times (22)

Hawks, Celtics, Nets, Hornets, Bulls, Cavaliers, Nuggets, Rockets, Lakers, Grizzlies, Heat, Bucks, Timberwolves, Pelicans, Magic, Sixers, Suns, Trail Blazers, Kings, Spurs, Jazz, Wizards

Teams that play three times (5)

Pistons, Warriors, Pacers, Clippers, Knicks

Fantasy basketball talking points

  1. Things are going to get wild with so many games this week. Fantasy managers should be on the lookout for star players sitting and how they can take advantage.
  2. The Orlando Magic are a team to target they have multiple players that are on waiver wires that will make a massive impact down the stretch.
  3. Plenty of games with significant playoff implications go down this week, so do not forget to enjoy the contest amid the fantasy chaos.
  4. The Mavericks, Raptors, and Thunder each play five times this week to top the list of best schedules. Expect some rest games and plenty of opportunities to take advantage.
  5. The Clippers have the worst schedule of the week with just three games all on the highest volume scheduled days.

Top streaming options from 26 April - 2 May (rostered in under 50% of Yahoo Leagues)

Dorian Finney-Smith, Dallas Mavericks (31%), SF/PF

Over the last 19 games, Doe-Doe has averaged 11.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 0.8 steals, and 2.4 3-pointers made in 33.8 minutes. He is shooting 50.9 percent from the field and 45.1 percent on his threes. Finney-Smith is set to play five times this week and could swing your matchup.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 61 4 34.9 0.667 1.000 3.80 16.00 4.30 1.30 1.00 0.30 1.00
2020/21 Season 132 48 32.3 0.458 0.800 2.00 9.60 5.50 1.50 0.90 0.40 0.60

Jalen Brunson, Dallas Mavericks (26%), PG/SG

Brunson is making a strong case for Sixth Man of Year as he continues to play more minutes. The third-year guard is averaging 12.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game on the season on stellar percentages.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 145 4 26.0 0.556 0.750 0.80 13.00 4.00 4.30 0.80 0.00 1.30
2020/21 Season 168 55 25.5 0.525 0.788 1.20 12.60 3.60 3.50 0.50 0.00 1.30

Theo Maledon, Oklahoma City Thunder (14%), PG

In his last 20 games, Maledon has averaged 13.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.9 3-pointers made in 30.1 minutes per game. The rebuilding Thunder are committed to giving him significant minutes down the stretch.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 142 4 31.1 0.390 0.857 2.00 13.00 3.80 5.50 0.30 0.30 2.50
2020/21 Season 260 54 27.8 0.372 0.738 1.70 9.90 3.50 3.50 0.90 0.10 2.10

Aleksej Pokusevski, Oklahoma City Thunder (21%), SF

Poku is averaging 1.1 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers in 28.4 minutes a night over his last 20 games. Oklahoma City has no reason not to give him a significant shot down the stretch.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 216 4 22.3 0.289 0.500 0.50 6.50 4.00 2.80 0.50 2.00 2.80
2020/21 Season 271 37 23.5 0.328 0.802 1.20 7.50 4.70 2.00 0.40 1.10 2.00

Kendrick Nunn, Miami Heat (44%), PG/SG

Nunn is quietly having a fantastic fantasy season. He ranks 101st in per-game value in 8-cat leagues by averaging 14.0 points, 1.0 steal, and 2.2 3-pointers per game on stellar percentages. Those numbers have improved over Miami’s last ten games too.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 41 5 34.3 0.514 1.000 4.20 19.80 4.20 3.60 0.80 0.20 0.80
2020/21 Season 106 47 29.0 0.467 0.919 2.20 14.00 3.20 2.80 1.00 0.30 1.40

Danny Green, Philadelphia 76ers (44%), SG/SF

Green is an outstanding contributor in 3-pointers made, steals, and blocks that should be rostered in all leagues down the stretch.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 113 4 25.7 0.429 1.000 2.30 8.80 4.00 2.50 1.50 0.50 0.50
2020/21 Season 105 59 28.3 0.419 0.780 2.60 9.60 3.70 1.70 1.30 0.80 1.00

Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic (49%), PG

Anthony is back to starting and could average over 30 minutes per game down the stretch. Since returning, he is putting up 13.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 5.6 assists a night. Expect his percentages to be a struggle, but Anthony can help fantasy managers win categories this week.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 99 3 30.0 0.405 0.750 1.30 15.70 3.70 6.70 1.30 0.70 2.00
2020/21 Season 195 34 26.7 0.386 0.826 1.10 11.60 4.50 4.20 0.70 0.40 1.90

Chuma Okeke, Orlando Magic (27%), PF

Okeke has started the last 14 games. He is averaging 11.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.4 steals, and 0.8 blocks during that stretch.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 190 3 31.6 0.256 1.000 0.70 8.00 4.70 2.00 2.30 0.30 0.70
2020/21 Season 214 42 24.9 0.402 0.761 1.00 7.20 4.00 2.20 1.00 0.50 0.80

Jalen McDaniels, Charlotte Hornets (30%), PF/C

McDaniels is getting consistent minutes down the stretch. The 23-year-old is averaging 11.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 1.4 3-pointers made over the Hornets' last 11 games.

TYPE R# GP MPG FG% FT% 3PM PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Last 7 Days 214 4 30.3 0.389 0.750 0.80 9.30 5.30 2.30 0.80 0.30 1.80
2020/21 Season 331 34 16.8 0.460 0.727 0.70 6.60 2.90 1.00 0.50 0.30 1.00

Daily streaming options

Postponements have loaded the stretch run with games. Fans are treated to double-digit contests on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday this week, which makes streaming difficult. Here is a look at how to use the remaining days to get multiple games out of one pickup.

Back-to-backs

Tuesday-Thursday pseudo

Dallas Mavericks

Dorian Finney-Smith (31%): Rebounds, steals, and threes streamer.

Jalen Brunson (26%): Points and assists add.

Maxi Kleber (13%): Rebounds and threes target.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Moses Brown (38%): Rebounds and blocks streamer.

Aleksej Pokusevski (21%): Blocks and threes add.

Theo Maledon (14%): Points, threes, and assists target.

Toronto Raptors

Watch this space. If Toronto decides to rest some players with a jam-packed five-game week, fantasy managers can take advantage.

Brooklyn Nets

No recommended streamers.

Houston Rockets

No recommended streamers.

Milwaukee Bucks

No recommended streamers.

Minnesota Timberwolves

No recommended streamers.

Golden State Warriors

No recommended streamers.

Indiana Pacers

Justin Holiday (38%): Threes and steals add.

Thursday-Friday

Brooklyn Nets

Listed under Tuesday-Thursday pseudo.

Milwaukee Bucks

Listed under Tuesday-Thursday pseudo.

Friday-Sunday pseudo

Boston Celtics

No recommended streamers.

Brooklyn Nets

Listed under Tuesday-Thursday pseudo.

Los Angeles Lakers

No recommended streamers.

Milwaukee Bucks

Listed under Tuesday-Thursday pseudo.

Philadelphia 76ers

Seth Curry (48%): Points and threes add.

Danny Green (44%): Threes, steals, and blocks streamer.

Dwight Howard (17%): Rebounds and blocks target.

Phoenix Suns

Cameron Johnson (13%): Threes streamer.

Portland Trail Blazers

No recommended streamers.

Sacramento Kings

Delon Wright (47%): Rebounds, assists, and steals target.

San Antonio Spurs

Keldon Johnson (39%): Points and rebounds add.

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