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Tuesday was a good night for hoops, with a little bit of history sprinkled on top of six tight games. …

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Games Played for Week 13

5 Games - POR

4 Games – ATL, BOS, BRK, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DET, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MIA, NOP, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHI, SAC, TOR, WAS

3 Games – DEN, GSW, MEM, MIL, MIN, PHX, SAS

2 Games – UTA

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Dallas @ Cleveland 1:00

Both teams are pretty injury free, meaning that the usual suspects should have a nice day. Monta Ellis, Dirk Nowitzki, Jose Calderon, Shawn Marion, Kyrie Irving, Luol Deng, Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson should all be quality plays. Owners with a taste for danger can also look at Samuel Dalembert, Vince Carter, Dion Waiters, Brandan Wright, DeJuan Blair and C.J. Miles. I’ve got the Cavs in an upset. 

LA Clippers @ Detroit 1:00

Chris Paul is the only injured player here, so the Clips should get nice output from Darren Collison, J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, while the Pistons should be ready for big lines from Brandon Jennings, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith. Jared Dudley could be a sneaky play for the Clippers, while Rodney Stuckey and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope could work out for the Pistons. Clips win this one, running away.

Toronto @ Charlotte 2:00

Kemba Walker will miss the week with his ankle injury, putting Ramon Sessions into serious play, while Al Jefferson and Gerald Henderson look like strong plays for the Bobcats. For the Raptors, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross and Jonas Valanciunas all look like strong plays. For both teams, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, John Salmons (back) and Amir Johnson look like decent rolls of the dice.

Philadelphia @ Washington 2:00

The Sixers should get nice performances out of Michael Carter-Williams, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young (I’m looking for a bounce-back game), and Spencer Hawes. For the Wizards, John Wall, Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza, Nene and Marcin Gortat all look like strong plays. Wizard forwards Martell Webster and Trevor Booker are also decent options in deeper leagues today, especially against the porous Sixers defense. James Anderson is also a sneaky option for the Sixers. 

Brooklyn @ New York 2:30

Deron Williams is hoping to return and play in this one, which means he should be a solid fantasy play. Shaun Livingston, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are also solid plays for the Nets. Andray Blatche and Mirza Teletovic are also options here, but could be hit-or-miss.

For the Knicks, Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler are all strong plays, while Andrea Bargnani should have a nice game with Kenyon Martin and Amare Stoudemire in street clothes. J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert are also options, but Smith is the guy I’d recommend going with here. He’s coming on, as documented in Waiver Wired.

New Orleans @ Memphis 5:00

With Jason Smith, Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday all out for the Pelicans, Anthony Davis, Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon all look like must-starts. Brian Roberts is also a strong play, while Al-Farouq Aminu, Austin Rivers and Alexis Ajinca are interesting options.

For the Grizzlies, Mike Conley and Zach Randolph are must-starts, while Courtney Lee, James Johnson, Marc Gasol and Ed Davis are worth consideration. Given how poorly Gasol has played since returning from a knee injury, I’d try to find another option.

Miami @ Atlanta 5:30

LeBron James and Chris Bosh are must-starts, while Mario Chalmers and Dwyane Wade are options. I like Chalmers better than Wade at this point, as we know Chalmers will probably play. Wade is so hit-or-miss from night to night, I just can’t trust him right now, and if you own him, you know what I’m talking about.

For the Hawks, Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, DeMarre Carroll, Paul Millsap and Pero Antic are all worth using in most cases. And if you’re short on options, Mike Scott and Lou Williams can be played in a pinch.

LA Lakers @ Chicago 8:00

Pau Gasol, Nick Young (29 points Sunday) Kendall Marshall, Jodie Meeks and Wes Johnson all look good in this one. Ryan Kelly is also worth a look after going for 17 points and five boards in a start on Sunday, but I simply don’t trust him. And I also don’t trust Jordan Hill after he saw just 11 minutes last night.

The Bulls should get nice stats from Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and D.J. Augustin, while Jimmy Butler, Kirk Hinrich, Taj Gibson and Tony Snell will all see plenty of minutes in this one. I like the idea of rolling the dice on Butler, but the rest of these guys are a crapshoot.

Portland @ Houston 8:00

The Blazers play five times this week, meaning guys like Mo Williams and C.J. McCollum are worth a look in deep leagues, but the bottom line is that starters Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge and Robin Lopez are all must-starts this week.

For the Rockets, James Harden, Chandler Parsons, Terrence Jones (thigh) and Dwight Howard are must starts. Jeremy Lin is a decent option and a better one than Aaron Brooks, but neither Rocket PG is a must-start. Francisco Garcia and Omri Casspi are also options, but are far too inconsistent to be used in most leagues. I also expect Patrick Beverley to return to action this week, but I wouldn’t start him just yet.

Indiana @ Golden State 10:30

Paul George (aka 360 dunk) and Lance Stephenson look like must-starts at this point, while Roy Hibbert, David West and George Hill are all shaky, but decent fantasy starts for the Pacers. I would forget about Danny Granger and any other Pacers bench players, but any of them could explode at any time. Stephenson had another big week and should be fun to own with four games this week.

For the Warriors, Stephen Curry and David Lee are must-starts, while Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut are all solid plays. The Warriors play just three times this week, so weigh your options carefully if you own Thompson, Iguodala or Bogut. 

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