It's a balancing act on the wire this week, folks. The schedule could either work for or against you, so let's see what we can do with this week's Standard League Streaming.
Most leagues will be hard-pressed to make an acquisition Wednesday (25th) or Friday (27th) and not have them sit on the bench. This could spell disaster for a team without any streaming spots, as you will likely end up playing considerably less games than your opponent. Additionally, Orlando only plays two games for this match-up on those busy days. Fair warning and plan accordingly.
The Warriors play back-to-back Monday and Tuesday, and are the only team to do so. Shaun Livingston (8% ownership) gets assists from the bench, but if Curry sits, he is a much-welcomed addition. He's got 4.8 assists per game on the month, and 5.8 in the last six games. On March 13th he started in place of Curry for 4 rebounds, 8 assists, and 12 points in 36 minutes. Not bad. They also play Friday and Saturday in another back-to-back situation in which Curry could be rested.
The Pacers will play the Bucks for Thursday's only game, and while Indiana plays a four game spread, Milwaukee only has three. Assuming Paul George (26% ownership) misses his miraculous comeback this week and sees anything less than a full 30 minutes, the Pacers are worth a look. Although, with that ownership some of you are apparently banking on just that.
CJ Miles (21% ownership) is mostly a three-point specialist, he has 2.0 per game on the season, and 2.5 in his last six, but the sporadic points, rebounds, and maybe a steal on an empty Thursday could be a difference maker in this tight week. If you're really desperate for rebounds, Luis Scola (8% ownership) is worth a speculative look, grabbing 8.0 rebounds and 10.7 points on 51.1% shooting in his last six games, but his stats and minutes are all over the place on a game-to-game basis. Finally, if you have nothing better to do with an acquisition on Thursday, Solomon Hill (13% ownership) chips in modestly across the board for stat-padding.
For the Bucks, Zaza Pachulia (21% ownership) simply exploded for 21 rebounds and 22 points on Friday in 40 minutes against the Nets in a triple-overtime game. Kudos if you picked him up, but let's look at his stats without that game. In his last six, ignoring the 3-OT game against Brooklyn, Zaza is still getting 9.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 12.0 points on 52% shooting in 26.2 minutes. However, he has also played as few as 17 minutes in one game during that stretch. He's mostly for rebounds, but he has the ability to rack up a double-double when given the minutes, and is clearly the better option over Scola, if he is available in your league. John Henson has 29% ownership, if you're after a block specialist he's your guy.
Now that the scheduling nightmare has been addressed, we can take a quick look at the rest of the league. Just remember, every game counts this week and these guys play on at least one, if not both, the busy days. Check your schedules before making any rash decisions.
Marcus Morris (21% ownership) has looked more like his twin brother lately. He has the ability to blow up for points and rebounds, and has showcased that recently. In his last five games he averaged 8.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.0 steal, and 13.6 points with 1.6 threes. His value could trend down as that of Alex Len and Brandon Knight goes back up. Speaking of Alex Len (15% ownership), he totaled 6 rebounds, 10 points and 3 blocks on 71% shooting Sunday night, and he played 26 minutes as well. He should be good for blocks and rebounds going forward after returning from injury. Unfortunately, the Suns only play three games on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
Tiago Splitter (9% ownership); You know it's a rough week on waivers when we're looking at San Antonio players, but Splitter has been quietly producing lately. He would also see considerable run if Duncan were to be rested, but he's still only relevant for points and rebounds. In his last five games, Splitter is looking at averages of 7.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 14.2 points. The Spurs play four games this week with a back-to-back Tuesday and Wednesday.
Jusuf Nurkic (19% ownership) is a low-end option for his inconsistencies, but his upside in blocks and rebounds can be stupefying. He fouled out in 25 minutes on Sunday with 6 rebounds, 11 points and 3 blocks on 71% shooting. He is a double-double threat, but his foul problems and his free throw percentage leave much room for improvement. He's a high risk, high reward type guy at this point in the season. Unfortunately Denver only plays three games each in the next two weeks.
Finally, to update from last week, Dennis Schroder (20% ownership), Ish Smith (17% ownership), and Jae Crowder (16% ownership) are still ballin' and worthy of a look, but the schedule isn't terribly complementary this week. If Teague rests, Schroder is worth an acquisition, while Boston and Philly both play 4 games.
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