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The league’s best team hosts its worst. The Warriors (65-7) won’t be fully extended and the 76ers are now 9-64 after a surprisingly strong effort in Portland last night fell just short. Ish Smith $5700 just missed a triple-double (17 points, 14 rebounds, nine assists) against Damian Lillard and now gets to face Stephen Curry $10400. With Jahlil Okafor (knee) and Nerlens Noel (knee) both out, the Sixers went extremely small — Carl Landry $4200 and Jerami Grant $5200 started up front. The only downside to Curry, Klay Thompson $6900 and Draymond Green $8100 is a high likelihood of garbage time.
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Two tough losses to begin this road trip have dropped Dallas into ninth place. Now they have a back-to-back without Deron Williams (abdomen) and Chandler Parsons (knee.) Both games are must-win for the remaining Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki $7200, Wesley Matthews $4800, David Lee $5000, J.J. Barea $4300 and Raymond Felton $4100 are strong plays against the Kings’ terrible defense. Salah Mejri $4000 didn’t play much against Golden State as Zaza Pachulia $3400 double-doubled.
DeMarcus Cousins $10500 (feet), Rajon Rondo (toe) and Marco Belinelli (foot) are not 100%, which may explain Willie Cauley-Stein $3700 going off for a career-high 26 points on Friday. Rudy Gay $6100 and Darren Collison $5100 are also worth considering.
Perhaps the most competitive battle will be Houston at Indiana, each tied for the final playoff spot in their respective conferences. James Harden $10700 (illness) will try to play and Dwight Howard $6500 will try not to foul out again. Michael Beasley $4600 may be the best value on the Rockets, but the Pacers — who somehow lost in Brooklyn last night — should bounce back at home. Paul George $8300, Ian Mahinmi $4600, George Hill $5000, Jordan Hill $3500 and C.J. Miles $3200 are all affordable.
The Wizards need to win eight or nine of their final ten games while two of the three teams they trail in the playoff hunt go .500 or worse. Presumably John Wall $9900 and Marcin Gortat $6600 will lead a blowout of the Lakers tonight. Marcus Morris $5000 (calf) is questionable, so Bradley Beal $5400 and Otto Porter $5300 will be prominent and Nene Hilario $4000 will get extra minutes again. Jared Dudley $3100 is worth using if you decide to stack the maximum six. For the home team, Kobe Bryant $5500 is finishing his Hall of Fame career on a high note and Julius Randle $6400 just recorded his first triple-double. D’Angelo Russell $5900 (ankle) is doubtful, making Jordan Clarkson $5000 more interesting.
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|PG||Stephen Curry $10400||John Wall $9900||J.J Barea $4300|
|SG||James Harden $10700||Klay Thompson $6900||Wesley Matthews $4800|
|SF||Paul George $8300||Rudy Gay $6100||Michael Beasley $4600|
|PF||DeMarcus Cousins $10500||Dirk Nowitzki $7200||Nene Hilario $4000|
|C||Marcin Gortat $6600||Dwight Howard $6500||Willie Cauley-Stein $3700|
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