Here are the playoff schedule grids for the following four playoff setups:

1) Leagues that begin their playoffs on March 2nd (Week 20) and finish on March 22nd

2) Leagues that begin their playoffs on March 9th (Week 21) and finish on March 29th

3) Leagues that begin their playoffs on March 16th (Week 22) and finish on April 5th

4) Leagues that begin their playoffs on March 23rd (Week 23) and finish on April 15th

You can find the complete 2019-2020 Fantasy Basketball schedule grid here.

*See Page 2 for the playoff schedules of league’s with playoffs starting March 9th.

**See Page 3 for the playoff schedules of league’s with playoffs starting March 16th.

***See Page 4 for the playoff schedules of league’s with playoffs starting March 23rd.

Playoff Schedules for leagues with playoffs beginning on March 2nd

Teams with 12 games:

UTA

Teams with 11 games:

BOS, CHI, DAL, MEM, MIN, NOR, SAS, WAS

Teams with 10 games:

ATL, BKN, CHA, CLE, DEN, GSW, HOU, LAL, MIA, MIL, NYK, OKC, ORL, POR, SAC

Teams with 9 games:

IND, LAC, PHI, TOR

Teams with 8 games:

DET, PHO

Teams with two-game weeks:

BKN, DET, IND, PHI, PHO, SAC, TOR

Overall Analysis

  • There are pros and cons to this playoff setup. Yes, you do avoid some of the NBA’s silly season, but if you start your playoffs extra early on March 2nd, you also have to deal with some very messy playoff schedules. You’ll have to heavily discount Pistons and Suns on draft day if this is your playoff setup. I would not draft Blake Griffin in this scenario. The Pistons have a two-game week in the semi-finals and his quarter-finals is likely to be a two-game week as well. In Week 20, the Pistons have a back-to-back set that includes the Knicks. 
  • This is also an absolutely brutal setup for Joel Embiid and Kawhi Leonard owners. Embiid’s ceiling in this setup is eight games. The Sixers have a back-to-back set in the finals that involves the Hornets. Leonard is also unlikely to play in more than eight games. The Clippers play back-to-back games in the semi-finals.
  • This playoff setup turns Rudy Gobert into an obvious first-round pick and makes Donovan Mitchell worth considering around the turn at the end of the second round. This setup also boosts the value of Mike Conley and makes the Jazz’s role players a little more interesting on draft day. 

Week 20 Analysis

You can see Week 20’s full schedule here.

  • Week 20 is one of the busiest weeks of the year. Fantasy basketball would be a lot easier if every week was this jammed-packed. 20 of the league’s 30 teams take the court four times in the quarterfinals. 
  • The Clippers only play three games in Week 20, but luckily for Kawhi Leonard owners, those games are spread out. The Clippers do not have a back-to-back set this week and two of their games come against the Rockets and Lakers. The third game is against the Thunder. That’s not a game to worry about just yet. If Chris Paul is moved before Week 20 rolls around, then it will be time to get nervous.
  • Joel Embiid and the Sixers do not have any back-to-back games in Week 20 and if he’s healthy, the big man should be out there for all three. All three contests are against potential playoff teams. 
  • This could be a very rough week for Blake Griffin owners. The Pistons do not start their week until Wednesday and then have a back-to-back set on Saturday and Sunday with the Sunday game coming against the Knicks. Yikes.

Week 21 Analysis

You can see Week 21’s full schedule here.

  • Detroit, Philadelphia, and Sacramento don’t start their week until Wednesday. If I wasn’t confident about my chances of getting a bye this would make me stay away from their role players on draft day. You might end up dropping them before the playoffs even begin due to the two-game week and late start.
  • The defending champions start their week on Monday and then don’t play again until Saturday. You are probably going to drop any Raptors that are not mid-round players or better after Monday so you have to ask yourself if it is worth it to draft one of their role players. If you play in a league that starts their playoffs in Week 21, you probably want to stay away from Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell, and Serge Ibaka.
  • Dallas only has three games in Week 21 and two of those games are part of a back-to-back set. This is scary news for Kristaps Porzingis owners. Week 21 could end up being a two-game week for the big man.
  • The Clippers have a similar schedule to the Mavericks. They play three games in Week 21 and play a back-to-back set against the Nets and the Pelicans. It could be a rough week for Kawhi Leonard owners.
  • The Cavaliers also have a back-to-back set and only play three games in Week 21. What makes their back-to-back set especially bad news is that one of the games is against the Hornets. That game could end up being an extremely important matchup for each team’s final ping pong ball count. Add Kevin Love to the list of very scary players to own if your playoffs start on March 9th.

Week 22 Analysis

You can see Week 22’s full schedule here.

  • Brooklyn only plays two games and doesn’t start their week until Wednesday. The second game doesn’t come until Saturday. All Nets not named Kyrie Irving could end up being droppable after Wednesday or even earlier in the week.
  • The Mavericks start the week with a back-to-back set against the Clippers and Kings. Kristaps Porzingis may take a seat during one of those games. The Mavericks play four games in Week 22 so you could still get three games from Porzingis.
  • The Lakers have a back-to-back set this week that includes a game against the Hornets. Anthony Davis, LeBron James, and/or DeMarcus Cousins could see their four-game week turn into a three-game week.
  • The Sixers have a back-to-back set that starts with a revenge game against the Raptors and ends with a trip to Charlotte. The odds of Joel Embiid suiting up for the game against the Hornets are…not good. Luckily, the Sixers play four games that week so you should still get three games from The Process.

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