Matchups for Friday, November 23
All times are expressed in Eastern Time. Statistics from 2007-08 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.
Matt Barnes, SF, GS (personal)
Kwame Brown, F/C, LAL (knee)
Mike Conley, PG, Mem (shoulder)
Randy Foye, PG, Min (knee)
Nene Hilario, F/C, Den (thumb)
Kyle Korver, SF, Phi (groin)
Corey Maggette, G/F, LAC (hamstring)
Darko Milicic, PF/C, Mem (thumb)
Luke Ridnour, PG, Sea (quadriceps)
Gilbert Arenas, PG, Was (knee)
Raja Bell, SG, Pho (ankle)
Vince Carter, G/F, NJ (ankle)
Tyson Chandler, C, NO (knee)
Brendan Haywood, C, Was (ankle)
Cuttino Mobley, SG, LAC (groin)
Chris Paul, PG, NO (ankle)
Robert Swift, C, Sea (knee)
Al Thornton, F, LAC, (ankle)
Start 'Em, Sit 'Em
Stephen Jackson showed no rust in his first two games back from suspension, averaging 20 points, six assists and two steals in 40-plus minutes, so get him into your lineup as soon as you can. ... Martell Webster could sting the Kings on Friday; Sacramento is allowing 104.5 points against. Webster has been heating up lately, including Monday's 15-point, six-rebound, four-block game. The Blazers play much better at home (4-0) than on the road (0-7), so you might also consider borderline players like Steve Blake and Jarrett Jack, who combined for 32 points on Monday. ... The Spurs (89.9 points allowed) vs. Grizzlies (108.8) has blowout written all over it. Start all available Spurs, including center Fabricio Oberto (coming off a double-double) and Michael Finley (double-digit points in 30-plus minutes his past two games). ... Balance is a good thing for NBA teams, but in fantasy, not so much. The Sonics had six players with 11 points and eight in double figures in their last game. As Kevin Durant struggles to score -- only one 20-point game in his past six -- Seattle's balanced attack will diminish all players' values, especially against the Nets. ... The Lakers also put eight players in double-figures on Tuesday, but that came in a 134-114 thrashing of the Pacers. Expect the Celtics (allowing 89.4 points and 40.9 percent) to defend their home court, so sit all Lakers other than Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom.
Andray Blatche busted out with 26 points on 12-for-14 shooting, plus eight rebounds and four assists on Tuesday, and could have some short-term value if Brendan Haywood's ankle injury lingers. On Friday, Blatche faces the Warriors (league-worst 114.3 points allowed and minus-7.6 rebound differential). ... Sixers guard Louis Williams will be a hot commodity after scoring 19 and 25 points his past two games, including 6-for-7 from 3-point range. ... Shawne Williams of the Pacers is making the most of his minutes lately, scoring 16 and 24 points in 25 minutes in consecutive games. ... Including his 29-point breakout game, J.R. Smith has averaged 15.8 points, 3.3 3-pointers, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals in his past four games. Smith is owned in 64 percent of ESPN leagues -- up from just 10 percent in the past week -- so grab him if he's still available. ... Stromile Swift's 24-point game on Monday is evidence of his vast potential. If you can overlook his maddening inconsistency, he might have some value at center while Darko Milicic is out. ... In Chris Paul's absence, Jannero Pargo has put together consecutive games with seven assists while scoring 15 and 18 points. Pargo will turn into a pumpkin as soon as Paul is back but is not a bad hedge for CP3 owners.
Tony Targan is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com