NBA Waiver Wire: Week 24 Look-Ahead
NBA Waiver Wire: Week 24 Look-Ahead

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Injuries are mounting as the clock winds down. Over the last two weeks, Tim Hardaway Jr., Robert Covington, Kelly Oubre, Derrick Rose, Jeff Teague, C.J. Miles, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram were officially designated as out for the rest of the season. Malcolm Brogdon and Dante Exum can almost certainly be added to that list, while Nikola Mirotic's injury could end his regular season if his recovery is on the slow side of the two-to-four week timetable.

It's almost impossible to have a roster that escaped all that carnage unscathed. Even if you did, all those injuries have shaken up a lot of rotations, creating a lot of opportunities across the league.

Week 24 is another light week, though the schedule is less balanced than the last several. Monday and Wednesday have only four or five games, while Tuesday has 10. Pickups who play on Monday, Wednesday, or both therefore have increased appeal in daily lineups leagues, while pickups who play Tuesday are slightly less valuable.

The Grizzlies, Thunder, Suns, Trail Blazers and Jazz play on both Monday and Wednesday. The 76ers, Pacers and Warriors play on either Monday or Wednesday and do not play Tuesday. The Knicks, who are the only team with a two-game week, don't play their first game of the week until Thursday.

Just nine teams play four games: The Nuggets, Clippers, Lakers, Grizzlies, Thunder, Magic, Trail Blazers, Kings and Wizards.

The Grizzlies, Thunder and Trail Blazers all both have

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Alex Rikleen
Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball. A certified math teacher, Rikleen decided the field of education pays too well, so he left it for writing. He is a Boston College graduate living in Delaware.
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