Princeton-less Offence, Knicks Defence and the Week Ahead

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Week 2 Schedule

Team MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Hawks Team Page  @POR  @GSW  @SAC
Nets Team Page  CLE  BOS  @SAC
Celtics Team Page  @CHI  UTA  @BKN  TOR  @DET
Bobcats Team Page  WAS  @MIN  MEM
Bulls Team Page  BOS  @PHO  @LAC  @POR
Cavs Team Page @BKN DAL  @PHI
mavs small logo  MIN  WAS  @IND  @CLE
Nuggets Team Page  @PHO  MIA  @SAS
Pistons Team Page  OKC  @PHI  ORL  BOS
Warriors Team Page  ATL  @MIN  @OKC
Rockets Team Page  MIA  NOR  @POR  @LAL
Pacers Team Page  TOR  @MIL  DAL  @NYK
Clippers Team Page  MIA  CHI
Lakers Team Page  SAS  PHO  HOU
Grizzlies Team Page  @OKC  NYK  @CHA
Heat Team Page  @HOU  @LAC  @DEN  @PHO
Bucks Team Page  @PHI  IND  NOR
Wolves Team Page  @DAL  CHA  GSW
Hornets Team Page  @HOU  OKC  @MIL
Knicks Team Page  @ORL  @SAS  @MEM  IND
Thunder Team Page  @DET  MEM  @NOR  GSW
Magic Team Page  NYK  @DET  @TOR
Sixers Team Page  MIL  DET  UTA  CLE
Suns Team Page  DEN  CHI  @LAL  MIA
Blazers Team Page  ATL  @SAC  HOU  CHI
Kings Team Page  POR  ATL  BKN
Spurs Team Page  @LAL  NYK  DEN
Raptors Team Page  UTA  @IND  @BOS  ORL
Jazz Team Page  @TOR  @BOS  @PHI  @WAS
Wizards Team Page  @CHA  @DAL  UTA

 

The Clippers are the only team to be limited to two games this week — both are against the league’s better defences in MIA and CHI, so they can be safely benched. Boston, on the other hand, gets 5 games, so their deep bench should get plenty of run especially on the weekend against TOR and @DET.

Philadelphia has the sweetest schedule with four home games, no back-to-backs and some soft defences. It would be an ideal time to integrate Andrew Bynum but there has been little word on that front. New head coach Bernie Bickerstaff and the Lakers also don’t have to worry about travelling or back-to-backs and should see plenty of scoring opportunities against SAS, PHO and HOU.

Miami, Atlanta and Utah play exclusively on the road, with the former two out west and the Jazz out east. That said their opponents are generally fantasy friendly. The Knicks might have the toughest go with an @SAS-@MEM back-to-back sandwiched between @ORL and IND.

Some mismatches of note include:

POR @ SAC on Tuesday. The Trailblazers play their starters big minutes so any back-to-back will be exhausting and this one is on the road after a home game and against an overlooked opponent. Give Keith Smart credit, the Kings are actually playing defence so far this year and may smother Portland here.

CHA @ MIN and WAS @ DAL on Wednesday. I have grouped these two together because the Wizards play at the Bobcats the night before. Both will see a significant step up in competition after travelling great distances for a back-to-back and are likely to be tired, overmatched and ripe for a blowout.

MIA @ DEN on Thursday. A re-match from their November 3 contest where both teams scored more than 115 but this time in Denver. Miami may be vulnerable after facing a rested Clipper squad the night before.

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