DEN @ DAL: It all depends on how much the Mavericks have left after losing a heartbreaker last night. The Nuggets are very deep and like to run, so fatigue could be a factor for Dallas. Consider using Denver role players like Corey Brewer and Andre Miller, not just the starters on both teams. We don’t know how Dirk’s knee will respond to a back-to-back, he says it’s 100% and never better.
HOU @ SAS: This could be fun. The Rockets love to run and the Spurs will keep up with any pace. Tony Parker and Jeremy Lin can score on each other and James Harden can score on anybody, but Kawhi Leonard will try to slow him down. San Antonio should win; the problem is guessing who to play. Tim Duncan is an obvious choice, with Danny Green a potential bargain.
LAC @ UTA: The Jazz, normally a powerhouse at home, aren’t nearly as good without Mo Williams (thumb) and they don’t have the Clippers’ tremendous depth. While Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are worth using, look for Chris Paul to dominate en route to a 16th consecutive win.
NYK @ SAC: What a ridiculous soap opera between Keith Smart and DeMarcus Cousins. At least it’s a distraction from the front office clown show. A group of professionals like the Knicks should figure out a way to win even without Raymond Felton, whose broken finger will keep him out a while, whether or not he opts for surgery. Jason Kidd is must-own and must-start for the next few weeks. Carmelo Anthony (knee) isn’t guaranteed to play, but if he does, this will be no contest.
PHI @ GSW: The point guard battle is enticing; both Stephen Curry and Jrue Holiday are strong plays. David Lee could be the difference, and Jarrett Jack has been consistently excellent off the Golden State bench. This could be a big ‘homecoming’ for ex-Warrior Dorell Wright if Jason Richardson (back) misses another game.
POR @ LAL: Even if Wesley Matthews plays with his sore hip, he won’t be able to stop Kobe Bryant. Crafty veteran Steve Nash and athletic rookie Damian Lillard should both put up good stats. It’s not a great year for Pau Gasol, who has a sore foot now, plus LaMarcus Aldridge to deal with. Give me the Lakers in a wide-open, fantasy-friendly game.
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