NBA Waiver Wire: Week 20 Look-Ahead

NBA Waiver Wire: Week 20 Look-Ahead

This article is part of our NBA Waiver Wire series.

Week 19 was busy, but Week 20 will be even busier. No teams play twice. Only 10 teams play three times. 20 teams play four games. In many situations, a player with three games will cause problems for a lineup! 

The games are spread out, so there should be a lot of streaming options every day (except Thursday). While there are only four games Thursday, every other day has between six and 11 games. 

Let's dive into the top pickups for the week:

Norman Powell, Raptors (34 percent rostered)

Next week's games: at Suns, at Warriors, at Kings

It's past time to get Powell back on your roster. No need to overthink this: he's inside the top-65 for the season and might return as soon as this weekend. 

Harry Giles, Kings (25 percent rostered)

Next week's games: Wizards, 76ers, at Trail Blazers, Raptors

I love it when a plan comes together. I've long been a gigantic Giles booster, though I must admit my faith began to wane when the Kings declined the fourth-year option on his rookie contract back on Halloween.

But, now that they've finally given Giles some meaningful minutes, it seems it was the Kings' decision making process that was spooky. In eight starts since both Marvin Bagley (foot) and Richaun Holmes (shoulder) got hurt, Giles is averaging 11.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists in just 22.3 minutes per game. Within that window, his minutes increased since the Kings traded away Dewayne Dedmon. And,

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Alex Rikleen
Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball and was a nominee for the 2016 FSWA Newcomer of the Year Award. 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 outside Boston.
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