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Court Report: Week 18 Dashboard, Part I

Justin Phan
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Each Sunday, the Dashboard centralizes all the crucial information fantasy managers need to dominate their weekly head-to-head matchups or climb the standings in their rotisserie leagues. The Dashboard covers schedule analysis, status updates, adds, drops, watch list candidates, and deep league targets for managers of all skill levels. Quite simply, it is a comprehensive weekly cheat sheet that is packed with so much information that we’ve devoted two writers to producing it.

Schedule Breakdown – essential schedule information for the upcoming week and beyond

Week 18, total games.
4 games: ATL, DET, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIN, OKC, SAC, TOR, WAS
3 games: BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DEN, GSW, MIL, NOR, NYK, ORL, PHI, PHO, POR, SAS, UTA
2 games: NJN

Week 18, quality games.
1 game: BOS, CHI, DEN, MIA

Weeks 18-20, total games.
12 games: IND, MIN
11 games: ATL, CHI, GSW, LAC, NYK, OKC, SAS
10 games: BOS, CHA, DAL, DET, HOU, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, NOR, ORL, PHI, PHO, POR, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS
9 games: CLE, DEN
8 games: <none>
7 games: NJN

Weeks 18-20, quality games.
4 games: DEN
3 games: MIA
2 games: BOS, CHI, PHO, UTA
1 game: ATL, DAL, LAC, LAL, NJN, NYK, ORL, SAC, WAS
0 games: CHA, CLE, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, MEM, MIL, MIN, NOR, OKC, PHI, POR, SAS, TOR

Weeks 18-20, ease rankings.
Strong – NJN: (0.43), NOR: (0.34), IND: (0.31)
Above average – BOS: (0.18), DAL: (0.17), PHI: (0.14), DET: (0.13), HOU: (0.10), SAS: (0.09), OKC: (0.08), UTA: (0.08)
Average – GSW: (0.04), MIL: (0.03), MIN: (-0.01), MEM: (-0.02), ORL: (-0.02), WAS: (-0.03), CLE: (-0.04), CHA: (-0.05), TOR: (-0.06), ATL: (-0.06), POR: (-0.06), NYK: (-0.07)
Below average – LAL: (-0.13), PHO: (-0.15), DEN: (-0.16), LAC: (-0.16)
Weak MIA: (-0.26), SAC: (-0.28), CHI: (-0.32)

Also see: Basketball Monster’s Schedule Grid and Buser Sports’ Schedule Grid.

Spark Plugs – players with a set of especially favorable matchups this week who make for excellent short-term plays

Your Grizzlies – @DEN, @MIN, SAC, @SAS
Categorical breakdown: points (3rd), assists (t-7th), steals (4th), blocks (2nd), FG% (t-6th)
Players of interest: Mike Conley(notes), Tony Allen(notes), Marc Gasol(notes)

Your Pacers – @WAS, DET, UTA, PHO
Categorical breakdown: points (8th), threes (7th), rebounds (3rd), assists (5th), FG% (3rd)
Players of interest: Danny Granger(notes), Mike Dunleavy, Darren Collison(notes)

Your Hornets – LAC, @MIN, HOU
Categorical breakdown: points (1st), threes (3rd), assists (4th), steals (1st), blocks (1st), FG% (t-6th)
Players of interest: Chris Paul(notes)

Your Celtics, especially guards – @GSW, @DEN, @LAC
Categorical breakdown: points (2nd), threes (1st), assists (1st), steals (3rd), FG% (t-6th)
Players of interest: Rajon Rondo(notes), Ray Allen(notes), Paul Pierce(notes)

Your Rockets – @DET, @CLE, NJN, @NOR
Categorical breakdown: threes (4th), assists (5th), FG% (5th), turnovers (4th)
Players of interest: Kyle Lowry(notes), Shane Battier(notes)

Your Hawks – @LAL, @PHO, @GSW, @POR
Categorical breakdown: threes (8th), rebounds (6th), assists (3rd), steals (5th)
Players of interest: Joe Johnson(notes), Mike Bibby(notes), Jamal Crawford(notes)

Other extreme values…
Bucks steals (2nd) – Carlos Delfino(notes), Brandon Jennings(notes), Ersan Ilyasova(notes)
Mavs FG% (2nd) – Tyson Chandler(notes)
Cavs rebounds (1st) – J.J. Hickson(notes), Antawn Jamison(notes)

Short Circuits – players with a set of unfavorable matchups who have a good chance of struggling this week

Your Nets, especially guards – @SAS, @HOU
Only team with two games in Week 18
Categorical breakdown: threes (30th), assists (29th)
Players of interest: Jordan Farmar(notes), Devin Harris(notes), Anthony Morrow(notes), Sasha Vujacic(notes)

Your Nuggets, especially guards – MEM, BOS, @POR
Categorical breakdown: points (30th), threes (23rd), rebounds (29th), assists (30th), steals (26th), turnovers (30th)
Players of interest: Carmelo Anthony(notes), Chauncey Billups(notes)

Your Bulls – @TOR, MIA, @MIL
Categorical breakdown: points (t-25th), threes (26th), steals (t-27th), blocks (t-25th), FG% (t-23rd)
Players of interest: Derrick Rose(notes)

Your Clippers – @OKC, @NOR, @LAL, BOS
Categorical breakdown: points (28th), threes (24th), rebounds (30th), assists (25th), steals (29th), blocks (27th), FG% (27th)
Players of interest: Baron Davis(notes), Blake Griffin(notes), Randy Foye(notes)

Your Kings – @MIA, @ORL, @CHA, @MEM
Categorical breakdown: points (29th), rebounds (27th), assists (t-27th), FG% (29th)
Players of interest: Tyreke Evans(notes), DeMarcus Cousins(notes)

Your Wizards – IND, @PHI, @MIA, DAL
Categorical breakdown: points (27th), assists (t-27th), blocks (30th), FG% (30th)
Players of interest: JaVale McGee(notes), John Wall(notes)

Your Warriors – BOS, ATL, @MIN
Categorical breakdown: threes (25th), rebounds (24th), FG% (t-23rd)
Players of interest: Stephen Curry(notes), David Lee(notes), Andris Biedrins(notes), Reggie Williams(notes)

Other extreme values…
Rockets steals (30th) – Chuck Hayes(notes), Kevin Martin(notes)
Hawks turnovers (27th) – Josh Smith(notes)
Thunder rebounds (26th) – Kevin Durant(notes), Serge Ibaka(notes)
T’Wolves turnovers (29th) – Jonny Flynn(notes), Darko Milicic(notes)
Lakers rebounds (28th) – Pau Gasol(notes), Lamar Odom(notes), Andrew Bynum(notes)
Mavs turnovers (28th) – Rodrigue Beaubois(notes)

Status Updates - quick hitters from around the league

Matt Barnes(notes) practiced Monday without contact for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair torn knee cartilage in January, but he said he needed to practice three times with contact before returning to game action, which could be as early as next week.

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Nothing definitive to report on the Marcus Camby(notes) front, but there is growing sentiment that he will not play on Wednesday for the Blazers’ home game against the Lakers. The initial three-week timetable the team gave post-surgery was never realistic, and was believed to be aligned with the impending trade deadline as to showcase a healthy Camby one more time for potential suitors. We have an interesting dilemma unfolding before us now, with Camby threatening retirement if he was to be traded and the Blazers very much looking to unload the 36-year old center with just one year left on his contract beyond this season.

Tyreke Evans is scheduled to undergo an MRI Monday afternoon with a follow-up appointment on Tuesday in Los Angeles. He will miss Tuesday’s game against Miami, his third in a row due to ongoing issues with plantar fasciitis, and at this point he is a good bet to miss Wednesday’s game against Orlando as well.

Eric Gordon(notes) had his injured right wrist checked out on Monday, and though the response was positive, he will not accompany the Clippers on their two-game road trip to Oklahoma City and New Orleans. An optimistic forecast would put him back by the end of the week in time to take on the Lakers on Friday, but a more realistic target date is Monday, Feb. 28 against Sacramento.

All signs point to Andrei Kirilenko(notes) returning to action for Wednesday’s game against the Mavs, after he said he was just three or four days away from being ready last Tuesday. Raja Bell(notes) (calf) and Ronnie Price(notes) (toe) should be good to go as well, while Mehmet Okur(notes) (back) is out until at least early-March.

Mike Miller(notes) did not practice on Monday and is doubtful for Tuesday’s game. Tests ruled that Miller did not have a concussion after taking a shot to the eye in Tuesday’s game against the Pacers, but he is still apparently feeling the residual effects. Consider him day-to-day for now.

Joakim Noah(notes) will return to action on Wednesday against Toronto after missing 30 games with thumb surgery. Noah has gradually been increasing his off-the-court activities over the past few weeks, and appears to be very close to game shape. Expect an initial adjustment period, but his transition back into the lineup should be more seamless than usual.

While Camby’s availability for Wednesday is very much in the air, Brandon Roy(notes) is still expected to make his return to the court after a 30-game absence. Temper your expectations here – he will almost certainly assume a bench role behind Wesley Matthews(notes), and you can be sure that Nate McMillan will monitor his minutes closely.

Dwyane Wade(notes) sprained his ankle after stepping on Deron Williams’(notes) foot during Sunday’s All-Star game, but it is not expected to cost him any time. Wade went through full practice on Monday and will play on Tuesday against the visiting Kings.

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