IND @ SAC: The Pacers got 31 points and 11 rebounds from David West and George Hill was superb — 25 PTS, 8 AST, 6 REB, zero turnovers — while everyone else stood around. It was enough to beat the hapless Kings. DeMarcus Cousins had a double-double (19 PTS, 16 REB) but his 5-for-17 shooting makes fantasy owners wince. Tyreke Evans sat out with a bruised knee; Marcus Thornton (15) got the start and Francisco Garcia (12) made a rare appearance.
MIL @ MIN: All day long, the Twitterverse was abuzz with Kevin Love rumors He played, despite not feeling well, and had a ‘quiet’ (for him) double-double, 15 PTS and 14 REB. Big Nikola Pekovic (14 PTS, 16 REB, 3 BLK) was right there to help out, and Alexey Shved (16 PTS, 5 AST, 2 STL) is becoming an effective sixth man. Josh Howard (8 PTS) started at SF in place of Andrei Kirilenko (back spasms) and Derrick Williams (7 PTS, 10 REB in only 15:27) backed him up. Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis led the Bucks with 18 apiece, but the big fantasy news was Ersan Ilyasova getting a DNP-CD, which allowed Larry Sanders to post a triple-double: 10 PTS, 12 REB and 10 BLK, tying a team record set by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Hey now!
December 1 Games
BRK @ MIA: It’s the dreaded Florida back-to-back. Even if you beat Orlando like the Nets did, it’s no fun to play in Miami 24 hours later. I like the Heat to win, and Chris Bosh could have a big night against Blatche. Dwyane Wade is just about due for one of his scoring explosions, and it could come against Joe Johnson this evening.
POR @ CLE: Really out-of-sorts in Boston last night, the Trail Blazers are playing a man short. Jack-of-all-trades Wes Matthews can’t rebound, pass or shoot with that sore thumb. Cleveland will also be tired, but they are healthier (except for Kyrie Irving) and in a better mood. Rookie Tyler Zeller may be back on the deep-league radar after a strong performance in Atlanta.
OKC @ NOH: There’s “can’t miss,” and there’s “anything can happen.” Both apply to Anthony Davis, whose teammates and fantasy owners are getting nervous. The former frontrunner for Rookie of the Year has missed six straight games with a left ankle injury. Meanwhile, Ryan Anderson is doing his best to fill in at PF. These teams had a wee skirmish the last time they met, so there could be some extra intensity on both sides.
UTA @ HOU: This is a tough back-to-back for the Jazz, never the best road team. You can throw out the Rockets’ blowout loss in Oklahoma City; they were physically and emotionally exhausted after attending the funeral of Kevin McHale’s daughter earlier that day. Now they start a homestand, and James Harden will bounce back from his worst game of the season. Chandler Parsons (shoulder) is questionable, but Carlos Delfino (groin) was able to practice yesterday and is expected back after missing seven games.
PHI @ CHI: Two road games in as many nights for the 76ers, who have nobody capable of matching up with Joakim Noah. Also playing well for the Bulls is Luol Deng, and while Richard Hamilton got some rest in an easy romp against Dallas, he scored 30 and 22 in the two previous games. Philly will do their best, but it may not be good enough.