Matchups for Wednesday, Dec. 10
All times Eastern
Key: Opp. PPG = Points per game allowed to opponents. Opp. FGP = Field goal percentage allowed to opponents. RPG Diff. = The difference between team's rebounds per game and its opponents' rebounds per game.
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8 p.m.: Cavaliers-Sixers
10:30 p.m.: Suns-Lakers
All times Eastern
Elton Brand, PF, 76ers (hamstring)
Jamal Crawford, PG/SG, Warriors (ankle)
Samuel Dalembert, C, 76ers (knee)
Al Horford, PF/C, Hawks (ankle)
Stephen Jackson, SG/SF, Warriors (hand)
Corey Maggette, SG/SF, Warriors (hamstrings)
Kenyon Martin, PF, Nuggets (wrist)
Sean May, PF, Bobcats (knee)
Mike Miller, SG/SF, Timberwolves (ankle)
Nate Robinson, PG/SG, Knicks (groin)
Gerald Wallace, SF/PF, Bobcats (personal)
Lou Williams, PG/SG, 76ers (abdominal)
Start 'em, sit 'em
The Nets and Knicks are two of the worst three teams on defense in the Eastern Conference, so you should expect a big scoring output from both teams when they face off Wednesday. Brook Lopez, in particular, should be able to benefit from the Knicks' complete lack of any semblance of a frontcourt defense. Al Harrington, if you haven't been paying attention, has fit in pretty well with the Knicks' offensive strategy. He has averaged 23.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.2 3-pointers per game in his past five. Facing the Nets shouldn't pose any problems, as New Jersey is the second-worst team in the league at defending the 3-point line. Andrew Bogut has struggled in his first three games back from injury, but you'll want him in your lineup against the Warriors. He has put up good numbers this year against teams with weak front lines, and opposing centers are absolutely killing the Warriors this year. Speaking of the Warriors, they managed to pull out a win against the Thunder on Monday despite allowing 41 points to Kevin Durant. Durant should be ripe for a pretty big encore against the Grizzlies, as he seems to be hitting his 3s and Memphis (you might notice a theme here) is among the worst teams in the league at defending the long ball. The Cavaliers continue to play lockdown defense on everyone but point guards. When they killed the Bobcats on Saturday, only two players were productive for Charlotte: Raymond Felton and D.J. Augustin. The Cavs are a dangerous team to start anyone against, but I wouldn't hesitate to play Philly's Andre Miller, who is way too strong for any of the Cavs' guards, in my lineup Wednesday. The Hornets, despite playing better of late, seem to have trouble with opposing bigs. Marc Gasol had 21 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort against them on Saturday, and you can expect Emeka Okafor to be productive even if his Bobcats lose.
Beyond Bogut, good luck making any sense of the Bucks' rotation. In their game against the Lakers, the bench played more minutes than the starters, no starter played more than Bogut's 24 minutes and no starter scored in double figures. If you own any Bucks players, you should start them against the Warriors because of the potential for huge scoring numbers, but it's tough to predict where the minutes will go. Russell Westbrook is owned in only 33 percent of leagues but deserves to be owned in all of them. He needs to be in your lineup if possible against the Grizzlies' weak backcourt defense. Westbrook has averaged 15.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.8 steals in his past five games, and his shooting percentage was a respectable 44 percent during that same stretch. He has major potential, and the sooner you get him on your roster, the better, especially in leagues in which turnovers don't hurt you. I'm tempted to pick up Jarrett Jack after he looked great in an overtime loss to the Celtics on Sunday. He had 17 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, a steal and a block, and he was 9-of-10 from the charity stripe against one of the league's best defenses. He's stuck behind T.J. Ford, but Ford is always an injury risk, and Jack is playing a respectable 25 minutes per game. He has been terrible for the most part so far, but he could be an effective source of assists if he starts to play better because the Pacers, fittingly, run at one of the league's fastest paces. The matchup against the Raptors is a good one for a big point guard like Jack. Keep an eye on his minutes: If he does well, he may be worth picking up if you are desperate for some dimes.
Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.