The Sixers are in full self-immolation mode as they have apparently forgotten how to play defense. The mediocre Nets burned them for 130 points and a 36-point victory margin. The Pistons beat the Pacers in Indiana and the Wizards held on to edge the Knicks 102-101 on the strength of Martell Webster’s/WAS outside shooting. The Heat and Hawks had easy home wins, while the struggling Bulls lost at home to the Magic. Tonight we have a lighter schedule on the hardwoods. Here is today’s Fantasy Spin.
Two of the elite NBA teams won their games last night, but in neither case was it easy. The Portland Trailblazers looked like they were going down in flames, but rallied and won the game in overtime. The Oklahoma City Thunder built a big lead, only to almost blow it in the final minutes. James Harden/HOU injured his ankle which made it easier for the new look Kings to beat the Rockets. Despite another solid game from Stephen Curry/GSW, the Suns’ backcourt duo of Eric Bledsoe/PHO and Goran Dragic/PHO led Phoenix to a narrow win. Tonight there are eight games on the NBA schedule. Here is today’s Fantasy Spin.
Contrary to my prognostications, the Lakers rallied and won their first game since Kobe Bryant’s/LAL return. The Trail Blazers were the only team playing the first of back-to back games, so they were motivated to blast the Sixers, which they did. The Cavaliers put up a good fight against the Heat, which was good news for those banking on a big game from LeBron. Elsewhere, the biggest surprise was the Raptors’ easy win in Chicago over the Bulls. There are no afternoon games this Sunday; the action starts at 6 pm EST tonight. Here is today’s Fantasy Spin.
With the exception of the Thunder destroying the Lakers, none of the games ended with a greater than ten point margin. In two high scoring games, the Rockets outlasted the Warriors and the Suns beat the Kings to earn important road wins. The Cavaliers, Bulls and Jazz also scored road wins. Tonight, there are eight games on NBA floors. Here is today’s Fantasy Spin.
Despite Blake Griffin’s/LAC bum ankle, he gave it a go against the Nets. The tired Clippers dug themselves a big hole, eventually letting the reserves play out the fourth quarter. Brooklyn took the win, but received bad news as Brook Lopez/BKN sustained an injury. If Lopez’s absence is lengthy, the Nets will be severely undersized in the paint. In the nightcap, Jeremy Lin/HOU returned and Dwight Howard/HOU and James Harden/HOU played well. However, the Rockets could not handle LaMarcus Aldridge/POR, and the Blazers earned a significant home win. With a full plate of games on tap tonight, there are plenty of player matchups to peruse for your fantasy lineups. Here is today’s Fantasy Spin.