Varejao Needs Surgery; Cavaliers Win Anyway

MEM @ GSW: We got another one right, as all five Memphis starters scored in double figures and their D held the Warriors to 87 points. Stephen Curry (24 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL) and Klay Thompson (20 PTS, 7 REB, 7 AST) had nice fantasy lines, but David Lee (14 PTS, 10 REB) couldn’t match Zach Randolph (19 PRS, 12 REB, 2 STL) and Marc Gasol (12 PTS, 9 REB, 5 AST) up front. Amid trade rumors, Rudy Gay (18 PTS, 6 AST, 5 REB) had a strong second half.

January 10 Games

DAL @ SAC: It’s a bit of a paradox. I’d be more confident about the Mavs turning around their slide if they hadn’t played so well last night. The Kings might be distracted by reports of the team being sold and relocated to Seattle, but concentration is never their long suit. Expect a sloppy, high-scoring affair, with DeMarcus Cousins bouncing back — he was stifled by Memphis last game — and Tyreke Evans making more of a contribution in his second game back from a knee injury.

NYK @ IND: Without Carmelo Anthony (1-game suspension) this is a difficult assignment for the Knicks. Paul George has blossomed into a star, and the Pacers have won eight of their last ten while playing fabulous defense. They held mighty Miami to 77 points on Tuesday and will be focused on slowing down J.R. Smith tonight.

MIA @ POR: The Blazers have won eight straight at home. Their starting five is red hot, with Wesley Matthews nailing 14 of his last 22 from 3-point range, and J.J. Hickson averaging a double-double for the season. Nicolas Batum, who can defend all five positions, will try to slow down LeBron James, who is battling an assortment of aches and pains. Rebounding is Miami’s Achilles heel, and if LaMarcus Aldridge (wrist) can play, he will help at both ends of the floor. The Heat could wake up tomorrow with a sub-.500 road record.

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