MIL @ IND: Neither of these clubs played well last night, though Indiana was truly awful. Who will bounce back? It’s hard to say. The Pacers’ 11-3 mark at home suggests they will find a way to win, but this may not be pretty to watch and I will be looking elsewhere for bargains in my daily leagues.
POR @ MIN: They key to this game is one digit — the sprained finger on Kevin Love’s shooting hand. If he does play, will he be effective? Rested and at home, the Wolves will rely heavily on Nikola Pekovic tonight, and they should try to force the pace, as Portland’s bench is very thin. Reserves like J.J. Barea and Dante Cunningham could be difference-makers.
HOU @ CLE: Fresh off road victories on Friday, these teams should have enough left in the tank for a high-scoring offensive display. Kyrie dazzles everyone, and Jeremy Lin can’t contain him, so Toney Douglas might get extra minutes. Omer Asik has size, strength and experience on Tyler Zeller. Take the Rockets and the over, if you make those kind of investments.
SAC @ BRK: Again, who is more tired? The Nets played 58 minutes last night in Washington while the Kings won a laugher in Canada. Brooklyn is by far the better team and has the safer fantasy plays; Sacramento has been surprisingly good recently, but this is their fourth road game in five nights and a letdown seems quite possible.
PHI @ SAS: The 76ers have been on the road for eight games. They are mentally exhausted and physically drained; now they play a fourth game in five nights against a team that’s won nine straight on their home court. I’d go ‘all-in’ on Tony Parker and Tim Duncan at DraftStreet if I wasn’t worried about the whole second half becoming garbage time.
NOH @ DAL: Although his minutes may still be capped, we expect Dirk Nowitzki to make his first start of the season, with Vince Carter returning to a sixth-man role. The Hornets should have Eric Gordon again after he sat out a back-to-back on Wednesday; he and O.J. Mayo could get into a shootout. I like Chris Kaman against Robin Lopez and give the edge to the Mavs.
UTA @ DEN: I’m still trying to figure out how the Nuggets lost at home on Thursday. Can’t imagine it happening again. Whether Ty Lawson (nursing a tender Achilles) or Andre Miller starts, Denver has two PG better than Jamaal Tinsley, and the Jazz are a 7-13 road team even after winning last night in Phoenix. Danilo Gallinari, Kosta Koufos and Andre Iguodala are all worth considering in daily leagues.
GSW @ LAC: It hasn’t been the kindest schedule for the Clippers this week. They lost two on the road before edging the Lakers last night. Our astute Charley Rosen broke down the Warriors in real life, and they are even better in fantasy, where we can ignore weaknesses. Stephen Curry and David Lee are consistently great. This revenge match will be much closer than the 21-point rout in Oakland on Wednesday; my Magic 8-Ball says tossup.
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