Oklahoma City and San Antonio continued their winning ways with road wins over weaker opponents. The Bucks were blasted so thoroughly by the Spurs in the first half that their starters were benched en masse in the second half. The Pelicans beat the Pistons in overtime and the Celtics fell to the Clippers. The Knicks built a large lead and held on for a win over the Bulls. The Timberwolves’ first half defense was abysmal: they fell behind early but fought back for a home court win over the 76ers. Tonight we have the traditionally light Thursday NBA schedule consisting of two games. Here is today’s Fantasy Spin.
The odds are good that we saw a preview of the Eastern Conference finals. The Indiana Pacers used superior roster depth and the home crowd to win a close one over the Miami Heat. Kyrie Irving/CLE was unstoppable as the Cavaliers beat the Knicks. The Thunder continued their excellent run with a clinical defeat of the Hawks. The Bucks took advantage of the Noah-less Bulls to earn a low-scoring road victory. The Lakers lost their second straight with Kobe, this one to the Suns. There are nine games on the schedule tonight, giving us plenty of lineup options. Here is today’s Fantasy Spin.
The Clippers handled the Sixers as expected, but instead of an up tempo game we saw a more pedestrian effort as far as scoring was concerned. The Magic continued to scuffle as they lost to Memphis. Portland put in a solid road effort to beat Utah, while the Mavericks suffered a disappointing defeat to the new look Kings. Monday illustrated the importance of selecting players from games you think will be high scoring. The Wizards lost to the Nuggets by a point and the Bobcats beat the Warriors by 4 points. As far as total points scored goes, these games were very different: 149 points scored in the first game, compared to 226 in the later. Monster stat lines disproportionately come from high scoring games. Today we have eight NBA games on the schedule. Here is today’s Fantasy Spin, in which I roll out a new daily feature.
Kobe Bryant’s/LAL return was spoiled by a superb performance by Amir Johnson/TOR and solid games from Kyle Lowry/TOR and DeMar DeRozan/TOR. Bryant is obviously not in game shape yet so it is too early to draw any conclusion about his effectiveness. LeBron James/MIA and Chris Bosh/MIA were solid and the Heat defeated the Pistons. The Knicks ended a string of very good games by getting thrashed on Sunday afternoon by the youthful Celtics. The Thunder took advantage of favorable circumstances and easily beat the Pacers. There are six NBA games on tap tonight. Here is today’s Fantasy Spin.
Friday night saw an inordinate number of blowouts, but that changed last night. Most of the games stayed close well into the fourth quarter. The Pacers held a 22-point lead over the Spurs entering the final frame and held on for the win. LeBron James/MIA dominated all aspects of the Heat-Wolves game and Golden State’s shooters got hot and the Grizzlies couldn’t keep up. Detroit took advantage of Luol Deng’s/CHI injury and outmuscled the Bulls to earn a precious road win 92-75. The seemingly invincible Trail Blazers lost a close one to the visiting Mavericks. Sunday sees a lighter schedule with one early game and four evening tilts. Here is today’s Fantasy Spin.