It’s getting close! No, I’m not talking about that smelly guy on the subway sitting near you or the weirdo who keeps staring at you, I’m talking about your H2H Fantasy Basketball Playoffs! Initial caps and all because it’s that important! Maybe for some of you your playoffs are already here so you’ll have to forgive my ignorance of not knowing your particular league rules. I know, I know, how dare I, as if! Anyway, I was just hanging around the airport last night in Sao Paulo waiting to fly back to NYC when I realized everyone around me was using their laptop. Hey, free WiFi! Who knew! Apparently, I’m the only jackass who didn’t so I decided to try it and like magic, the internet came on my computer. What dumb luck! Or maybe I should have just read the sign on the wall that said “WiFi Zone”, that would have given me a pretty big hint so I started this post last night but ran out of time before I had to board. Anyhoo! We are starting Week 20 of the NBA season today which means for many of you your H2H playoffs are just around the corner – week 22!. This quick post is going to be a handy dandy guide to helping you get to fantasy glory. We all want fantasy glory. Who doesn’t want fantasy glory! If you haven’t already noticed, in the left side bar underneath Tools are two awesome H2H Weekly and Daily Matrix Schedules that you MUST check out. The Daily Matrix Schedule is especially cool because it helps you plan for days where there are less games, thus maximizing your overall games for the week if you plan correctly. This post will break it down for you but you can always refer to the the Daily and Weekly Matrix schedules whenever you deem necessary. Ok, let’s get to it, shall we?
Rankings of the best H2H Playoff Schedules by NBA team – Weeks 22-25
The First Tier – Let’s call this tier the “We can win, Jesse!” tier
Minnesota and New York -
These teams play the maximum of 14 games from Weeks 22 through Weeks 25. 4 games each Weeks 22, 23 and 24 and 2 games Week 25. Moral of the story: You want T-Wolves and Knicks!
The Second Tier – Let’s call this tier the “Yay, I got guys playing 13 games and you don’t because you can’t afawd, it, you can’t afawd it!” tier
Chicago, Cleveland and Milwaukee
These teams play 13 games out of a possible 14 max. The only difference between Chicago/Cleveland/Milwaukee and Minnesota/New York is Week 22 when Chicago/Cleveland/Milwaukee each play 3 games as opposed to 4 for Minnesota/New York. Weeks 23-25 all 5 teams are on par. Golf term!
The Third Tier – Let’s call this tier the “Eddie’s got his @$% in the sink again, he’s having too much fun!” tier
Boston, Memphis, Miami, Philadelphia and Washington
These teams also play 13 games out of a possible 14 max. Boston, Memphis and Washington both play 4x in Weeks 22 and 23 then 3x in Week 24 and twice in Week 25 so these teams should help get you to the Finals. Miami and Philly play 4x in Weeks 22 and 24, 3 times in Week 23 and 2 times in Week 25 so these teams look strong for the first round and the Finals.
The Fourth Tier – Let’s call this the, “Getting meh!” tier
Lakers and New Orleans
Both the Lakers and Hornets play a total of 12 games between Weeks 22 and 25 but only play 1 game in Week 25. Or, in other words, you best have a lead going into the final week of the season, son!
The Fifth Tier – Let call this tier the “You want meh, you got it, son!” tier
Brooklyn, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Portland, San Antone‘ and Toronto
These teams each play 12 times from Weeks 22-25. Brooklyn plays 3x each Weeks 22 and 23, 4x Week 24 and 2x Week 25, favorable for the Finals but unfavorable to get to the Finals. The rest of the teams in this tier all have the same exact schedule, i.e. 3 games Weeks 22 and 24, 4 games Week 23 and 2 games Week 25.
The Sixth Tier – Let’s call this tier the “Don’t cry, dry your eye” tier
Atlanta, Indiana, Clippers, Orlando and Utah
Each of these teams play 12 times from Weeks 22-25. Atlanta, Utah and Orlando have a great early playoff schedule with 4 games each Weeks 22 and 23 but just 2 games each Weeks 24 and 25. Hawks, Jazz and Magic players will help you get to the Finals but against a strong team in the Finals you’ll be at a severe disadvantage. The Clippers play 4 times Week 22 but then just 3 times Weeks 23 and 24 and twice in Week 25.
The Seventh Tier – Let’s call this tier the “Insert sad face emoticon here” tier
Denver, Detroit, Golden State, OKC, Phoenix and Sacramento
Each of these teams only play 11 games from Weeks 22-25. Detroit only plays 2 times each Weeks 24 and 25, 3 times Week 22 and 4 times Week 23. The other teams all play 3x each Weeks 22-24 and two times Week 25.
Tomorrow we’ll hit up the NBA Teams with the best “off day” schedule for Weeks 22-25 so be sure to come back, y’all!