We are definitely in the “dog days” of the NBA season with teams in tank mode, fighting for playoff spots and seeding and, of course, plenty of injuries. Monday’s eight-game slate is no different with injuries opening up playing time for a few underpriced players and two high-priced studs squaring off against each other with the Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo taking on the Cavaliers and LeBron James.
Programming Note: I will be on vacation (Vegas, baby!) starting on Wednesday this week, so I will only be writing my NBA Hot Sheet and the What If Matrix articles today and tomorrow (Tuesday). These will also be my last NBA articles of the season as we plan to wrap up all of our NBA coverage at the end of this week so that we can turn our attention to the upcoming MLB season next week.
The grid below is a snapshot of today’s slate that shows the overall rating for each position for each team. The numbers highlighted in red are the positions that are in the top 25% of their position for the slate and indicate good plays. Meanwhile, the numbers highlighted in blue are the positions that are in the bottom 25% of their respective position for the slate and are positions to avoid.