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The end of the NBA regular season is rapidly approaching. The fantasy playoffs have already started in most leagues, and things have been difficult with so many players across the league dealing with injuries. As we focus on the final few weeks, here are some players to consider adding now who could pay off when it matters the most.
Nick Richards, Charlotte Hornets (61 percent available)
The trade that sent Mason Plumlee to the Clippers opened up significant playing time at center. Mark Williams took over as the starting center, with Richards stepping in as his primary backup. Over 12 games coming off the bench since the trade deadline, Richards averaged 6.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks while shooting 57.4 percent from the field and 81.3 percent from the free-throw line.
Williams has missed the Hornets’ last three games with a thumb injury, leaving Richards to start at center. He didn’t disappoint, providing 10.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game. The Hornets have nothing left to play for, so expect them to take a cautious approach with Williams. Even when he does return, Richards should play enough off the bench to make an impact in fantasy. The Hornets play four games in Week 23, followed by three games the following week.
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Dennis Smith Jr., Charlotte Hornets (66 percent available)
Richards isn’t the only member of the Hornets who has seen his role increase down the stretch. With LaMelo Ball (ankle) out for the season, Smith is one of the top players on the Hornets’ second unit. Since Ball went down, Smith has averaged 10.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.5 steals over eight games. Given their favorable schedule for the next two weeks, Smith is another member of the Hornets to consider adding now.
Xavier Tillman, Memphis Grizzlies (52 percent available)
The Grizzlies are trying to hold onto one of the top spots in the Western Conference despite missing a few key players — although they should get Ja Morant back next week. Up front, they will operate without Steven Adams (knee) and Brandon…
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Publish date : 2023-03-15 23:46:31
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