Matchups for Friday, November 9
All times are expressed in Eastern Time. Statistics from 2006-07 regular season.
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.
Ron Artest, SF, Sac (suspension)
Chucky Atkins, PG, Den (groin)
Mike Bibby, PG, Sac (thumb)
Elton Brand, PF, LAC (Achilles)
Ike Diogu, PF, Ind (calf)
Randy Foye, PG/SG, Min (knee)
Lamar Odom, SF/PF, (shoulder)
Zaza Pachulia, PF/C, Atl (knee)
Rodney Stuckey, PG/SG, Det (hand)
Dwyane Wade, PG, Mia (shoulder)
Gilbert Arenas, PG, Was (knee)
Kwame Brown, PF/C, LAL (back)
Raymond Felton, PG, Cha (knee)
Larry Hughes, SG, Cle (knee)
Rashad McCants, SG, Min (ankle)
Cuttino Mobley, SG, LAC (groin)
Jameer Nelson, PG, Orl (concussion)
Nene Hilario, PF/C, Den (thumb)
Theo Ratliff, C, Min (flu)
Amare Stoudemire, C, Pho (knee)
Start 'Em, Sit 'Em
Daniel Gibson's 3-point barrage (3.0 per game) should continue in Sacramento, which is allowing opponents more than nine made 3's a game and 44.6 percent of attempts from beyond the arc. ... Chris Kaman had 22 rebounds in his Wednesday's game and should continue to clean up the glass against the Pistons' undersized front court. ... The Lakers have been scoring almost 109 points per game this season, so play all your Lakers against the injury-riddled Timberwolves, including Derek Fisher, Vladimir Radmanovic, Ronny Turiaf, Luke Walton, and especially Andrew Bynum with Kwame Brown hurting. ... The Jazz-Supersonics game should be a shootout: Utah is scoring 113.5 points and allowing 107.8 through four games; Seattle is scoring 100.3 and allowing 111.3. In addition to the obvious choices, expect more from Ronnie Brewer on the Jazz and Damian Wilkins and Wally Szczerbiak on the Sonics. ... The Hawks have been flying high with early wins against Dallas and Phoenix, but could be grounded by the Celtics, who have been holding opponents to about 90 points a game. Temper your expectations for Marvin Williams, despite his 20-point, 12-rebound game on Wednesday. ... The Grizzlies have been giving up a lot of points early this season, so consider Steve Blake, the Blazers' new starting point guard, if you need assists.
Troy Murphy's heel healed just in time to reclaim his spot in the Pacers' up-tempo offense (109.0 points after three games), and with Ike Diogu out several weeks with a calf injury, Murphy is a decent fill-in at power forward and center. He scored 10 points in 21 minutes in his first game back. ... Acie Law IV has been named starting point guard in Atlanta, perhaps due to his sharp shooting (nearly 60 percent from the field). But with only four assists in four games, don't bet the house on Acie holding down the job. ... The Cuttino Mobley bandwagon might have a flat tire after Wednesday's apparent groin injury. Mobley won't continue to shoot more than 60 percent from the field (44 percent last season was a career high), but he's worth keeping. Sam Cassell (35 points in 33 minutes Wednesday) will be a hot commodity while Mobley's on the mend. ... Desmond Mason shot a perfect 10-for-10 from the field on Tuesday, and the Bucks' swingman has been money so far this year, averaging 11.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and shooting a 55.6 field goal percentage in 31 minutes a game. ... Wally Szczerbiak exploded for 32 points on Tuesday, including five three-pointers, and could be worth a look despite averaging less than 20 minutes a game.
(Tony Targan) is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com