Fantasy Spin: Bombs Away For Red-Hot Rockets

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MEM @ ATL: There is generally a slight home-court advantage when both teams played elsewhere last night, but in this case, it’s a tossup between struggling clubs. The Hawks are just 6-11 in their last 17, and look like an easy first-round playoff opponent for someone. Memphis made two cost-cutting trades and has yet to fully integrate its new players. Who knows which team will want this one more?

HOU @ MIA: While they aren’t quite as explosive on the road, the Rockets will keep firing away. Miami has an extra day of rest, and will offer a lot more defensive pressure than Golden State did last night. If this is played at Houston’s pace, LeBron James seems almost sure to get a triple-double and both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh should continue to put up big numbers. As my colleague Mitch McClure pointed out in his Sunday preview, Ray Allen is a much better player at home than on the road.

BRK @ DET: This is a tough one. The Nets are tired and disappointed from a home loss last night; the Pistons are still trying to find their post-trade identity. Jose Calderon will start at PG, with Brandon Knight now an undersized SG and Kyle Singler the only real option left at SF. I’m leaning more toward Rodney Stuckey than Knight until proven wrong. If Greg Monroe slows down Brook Lopez, Detroit has a very good chance to win.

GSW @ OKC: The schedule does the Warriors no favors here, as it’s never easy to play in Oklahoma City and Andrew Bogut will sit out this back-to-back. Their defense was horrible last night in a 31-point defeat, and it’s hard to imagine them slowing down Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook 24 hours later. If you are considering the Thunder’s dynamic duo in daily leagues, remember that garbage time is a possibility.

PHO @ NOH: It’s a successful road trip already for the Suns, because they won a game. I don’t think they can repeat. New Orleans hasn’t played since Saturday, so Eric Gordon will be very well rested. With Dragic under the weather, Greivis Vasquez might have a good night and Robin Lopez matches up well with Gortat. The Hornets lost four straight on the road and six of their last seven, but they can turn that around tonight.

POR @ DAL: The Blazers rely heavily on their starters, and Nicolas Batum is playing through a very sore wrist. Thanks to some late LaMarcus Aldridge heroics, they overcame 28 turnovers to barely beat Minnesota on Monday. This is a tougher test. Dirk Nowitzki is back, and Dallas has other weapons. They could use a reliable center, however. J.J. Hickson might have a big night.

MIL @ UTA: Lose in the high altitude of Denver, fly to Utah and perform again the next night. Not an easy task for Milwaukee, especially if young Mr. Sanders can’t play. Use the Jazz big men and the Bucks’ guards in daily leagues and hope neither team plays intense D.

SAS @ MIN: Yee-haw! It’s the annual Spurs road trip as a rodeo takes over their arena. Tim Duncan (knee, ankle) is with the team but unlikely to play tonight; Manu Ginobili (hamstring) is also doubtful. Compared to the Timberwolves, that’s healthy. Tony Parker vs. Ricky Rubio will be fun to watch, and Nikola Pekovic will battle Tiago Splitter up front. Stick with the team on the ten-game winning streak, but this could be entertaining.

The Fantasy Spin is here by 9:00 EST every morning, and the DraftStreet Diary offers daily league advice. Mitch McClure previews the fantasy week ahead every Sunday. Follow us on Twitter — @SheridanFantasy — for updates.

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