CHA @ HOU: The only thing remotely interesting about this game is the possible return of Byron Mullens from an ankle injury. The 3-point specialist is by far the Bobcats’ best option at PF and is worth picking up in many leagues if he was dropped. The Rockets are soaring again, James Harden is unstoppable and this one could be quite a mismatch. Start every Houston player you own.
WAS @ SAS: After visiting Memphis on Friday, and with Wall banged up, the Wizards won’t have nearly enough left in the tank to threaten the fully-rested Spurs. There’s no need to rush Tim Duncan (knee) back into action. San Antonio is 21-2 at home, have won nine straight overall and can beat you umpteen different ways. Tony Parker is enjoying a magnificent season and even if Duncan does return tonight, Tiago Splitter and Kawhi Leonard are strong fantasy plays. Manu Ginobili has a minor hamstring issue.
NOH @ MIN: It’s a back-to-back for both teams, but the Hornets had to play in high altitude last night, then travel. By comparison, the Wolves got a full night’s sleep in their own beds. Again, this may not be an artistic masterpiece, but there could be some fantasy gold. Nikola Pekovic and Andrei Kirilenko are worth using.
ORL @ MIL: The Bucks dropped a heartbreaker in New York last night; the Magic also had to travel after losing in Boston. Milwaukee is much healthier, deeper and has home-court advantage. This could be a chance for their bench players to shine, and especially if E’Twaun Moore starts at PG for Orlando, you have to like Brandon Jennings.
UTA @ POR: It’s a good, old-fashioned home-and-home, with the Blazers motivated to earn a split. That won’t be easy, with Matthews doubtful, Batum hurting and no capable replacements. Start Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge if you own them, but I’m expecting another low-scoring affair and the much deeper Utah bench might be the difference.
PHO @ GSW: The way the Suns have played since the coaching change, anything is possible. However, it’s unlikely that a traditionally poor road team that lost at home last night will bounce back. If Stephen Curry (ankle) returns, this could be a blowout, and even without him, the Warriors could romp. Jarrett Jack, Klay Thompson and David Lee are the must-starts, with Andrew Bogut progressing well.
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