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"Day-to-day" means different things with different players. For Tim Duncan, day-to-day means the soon-to-be 33-year-old is resting his sore knees in advance of another postseason. He's a good bet to sit out at least one game of the Spurs' NorCal swing through Sacramento and Golden State on Sunday and Monday. Jamal Crawford is also day-to-day, but he might not play again this season. He strained his back in shootarounds before the Minnesota game Wednesday. The fact that he gutted it out and scored 31 points with five 3-pointers is good for fantasy owners except that after playing 43 minutes against the Wolves, Crawford said he could barely walk. At the very least, don't count on him this weekend, when the Warriors face Houston and Utah.
Know who else is day-to-day right now? We are. Only, in the case of fantasy owners, there's nothing ambiguous about it. We're going all out in the scramble for league championships, and each day presents a new opportunity to stream players and seek an edge in any category. For instance, in one of my H2H leagues, my finals opponent and I have combined for 20 moves since Monday. I can't speak for him, but I'm only getting started.
It's in that spirit that this, the final Fantasy Forecaster of the 2008-09 NBA season, is written. You're going for a title in a roto or H2H league. You have unlimited daily roster moves and a vicious competitive streak, and you're wearing sunglasses.
OK, that last one is optional. But losing isn't an option. Hit it.
Check the grid for Week 25 schedules of each NBA team. Teams with the most games in the upcoming week are listed first.
With Week 25 consisting of three days, here a few of my favorite matchups involving players available in most ESPN.com leagues. It goes without saying -- given that I, for one, have been saying it for weeks -- that you should add players such as Tyrus Thomas, Jason Thompson and Ramon Sessions if you can. But the suggestions that follow are made with matchups in mind.
Mike Conley, PG, Grizzlies (April 13 @ PHO): Suns opponents are second in steals and third in 3s, and picking pockets and hitting triples are two things Conley does frequently. In his past six games, he's averaging 2.3 takeaways and 3.0 triples.
Spencer Hawes, PF/C, Kings (April 13 @ DEN): I guess this is a case of the sum of the whole being less than the individual parts. The Kings are so bad, yet their players are so good to fantasy owners. It isn't just Thompson and Francisco Garcia who are putting up big numbers right now. Hawes (51 percent availability) has at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in four of his past seven games. He also can help you in blocks and 3s, and Nuggets opponents get the third-most rejections and sixth-most triples. Incidentally, Sacramento finishes up at Minnesota, another great matchup.
Chris Andersen, PF/C, Nuggets (April 13 vs. SAC): Kenyon Martin is said to be close to returning, but Andersen (84 percent availability) still has plenty going for him. Kings' opponents are tops in rebound differential, fourth in total rebounds and 10th in blocks. Only "Superman" Dwight Howard blocks more shots per game than the Birdman.
Roger Mason, PG/SG, Spurs (April 13 @ GS): Mason (70 percent availability) hasn't shot better than 40 percent in his past seven games, but he does have back-to-back outings with three 3s. And when he last faced the Warriors, on March 24, he went for 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting.
D.J. Augustin, PG, Bobcats (April 13 @ NJ): Augustin hasn't shot well lately, but the rookie has reached double figures in six of his past eight games, and he is playing about 30 minutes a night with Raja Bell out. Figure Augustin (81 percent availability) for a couple of 3s against the Nets -- New Jersey opponents are fourth in 3-pointers made.
Ronald Murray, SG, Hawks (April 14 vs. MIA): With Hawks-Heat one of only three Tuesday games, Flip has some fill-in value. Miami opponents are fifth in 3s, but they're only 25th in steals. Given that Murray (96 percent availability) is averaging 2.3 steals in his past six games, it'd be better if those Heat stats were reversed. But the veteran can occasionally hit it big from downtown.
Jarrett Jack, PG, Pacers (April 15 vs. MIL): Jack (60 percent availability) has been rock solid since the All-Star break, averaging 18.2 points, 4.5 assists, 3.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 1.2 3s and 50.3 percent shooting. The decimated Bucks, meanwhile, are allowing 106.3 points in their past 10.
Eddie House, SG, Celtics (April 15 vs. WAS): For the final night of the regular season, I'm thinking Paul Pierce and Ray Allen kick up their feet while House sees extra minutes. Of course Doc Rivers could dig even deeper into his bench, but if you're down a starter in a deep league, you should consider this opportunity. Wizards' opponents will (for the second straight year) finish with the most 3s. And actually, in this one area of specialty, House (95 percent available) has been pretty reliable of late. He has knocked down multiple treys in eight of 11 games.
Keyon Dooling, PG, Nets (April 15 @ NY): Knicks opponents are third in field goal percentage and sixth in assists. Dooling (98 percent availability) is averaging 15.3 points, 5.7 assists, 1.6 3s and 50.0 percent shooting as a starter.
Neil Tardy is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.
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