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Defense to Avoid:
Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets
The Jazz joins the Spurs as one of the most intimidating defenses of the season, but while the Spurs face the Warriors on Sunday, the Jazz have a much easier matchup with the Nuggets. Plus, the Jazz still have something to play for as they try to hold off the Rockets for the last playoffs spot in the Western Conference.
Offenses to Use:
Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers
The Rockets, like the Jazz, also have something to play for as they battle for that last playoff spot. Meanwhile, the Rockets are facing a Lakers defense that has been terrible all season.
Teams on Back-to-Backs:
First game: Nets, Hornets, Mavericks, Rockets, Lakers, Bucks, Magic, Jazz, Wizards
Second game: Warriors
DAILY PLAYER RECOMMENDATIONS
Jerian Grant, NY vs. TOR ($4100): Grant has been starting with Jose Calderon injured, and he's averaged 12.5 points, 3.8 assists, 3.3 boards and one combined steal/block per game over his last four outings.
Raymond Felton, DAL at LAC ($4,600): Felton was playing solid ball in place of Deron Williams before he faced his own injury issues and lost the starting job to J.J. Barea. But with Barea out Friday, Felton responded with 11 points, 14 assists, six boards and two steals in 36 minutes. There is no word yet on Barea's availability for Sunday, but if he's out Felton, will get another start.
Harrison Barnes, GS at SA ($4,500): Barnes has had an inconsistent season, but he is finishing it off well, averaging 15.4 points, 6.9 boards and 1.3 assists per game over his last seven.
Thomas Robinson, BKN at IND ($6,000): Robinson became a fantasy superstar once the Nets shut down the rest of their starters, and over his last six games, he is averaging 15.3 points, 13 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals per outing.
Nikola Vucevic, ORL at MIA ($7,600): Vucevic has been playing great ball since he returned from injury, and in the five games he averaged 23.0 points, 8.2 boards, 2.2 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals per outing. On Friday against the Heat, he had 29 points, ,six rebounds, two blocks, a steal and an assist.
J.J. Barea, DAL (groin)
Deron Williams, DAL (abdominal)
Darrell Arthur, DEN (knee, personal)
Kenneth Faried, DEN (undisclosed)
Paul George, IND (ankle)
Austin Rivers, LAC (ankle)
Wesley Johnson, LAC (foot)
Khris Middleton, MIL (thigh)
Jose Calderon, NY (quad)
Kristaps Porzingis, NY (shoulder)
Aaron Gordon, ORL (concussion)
Carl Landry, PHI (back)