Daily Notes for Friday: Battier not getting respect
|Time||Visitors||Opp. PPG||Opp. FGP||RPG Diff.||Home||Opp. PPG||Opp. FGP||RPG Diff.|
|7:00 p.m.||Chicago Bulls||97.2||.447||+0.9|| |
|7:30 p.m.||Boston Celtics||87.3||.414||+4.2|| |
|New Jersey Nets||97.5||.450||+1.6|
|7:30 p.m.||Toronto Raptors||95.2||.449||-1.9|| |
|New York Knicks||102.0||.480||+2.4|
|7:30 p.m.||Washington Wizards||97.5||.444||+1.5|| |
|7:30 p.m.||Charlotte Bobcats||98.9||.465||-2.6|| |
|8:00 p.m.||Miami Heat||99.4||.458||-2.6|| |
|New Orleans Hornets||93.5||.450||+0.9|
|8:30 p.m.||Minnesota Timberwolves||102.3||.465||+0.2|| |
|9:00 p.m.||Orlando Magic||100.0||.443||0.0|| |
|10:30 p.m.||Milwaukee Bucks||100.2||.471||+1.0|| |
|Los Angeles Lakers||101.4||.439||+1.8|
|10:30 p.m.||Memphis Grizzlies||104.4||.470||-2.4|| |
|Golden State Warriors||107.2||.458||-5.3|
|10:30 p.m.||Dallas Mavericks||96.6||.449||+1.5|| |
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.
Ray Allen, SG, Celtics (neck)
Glen Davis, SF, Celtics (knee)
Luol Deng, SF, Bulls (ankle)
Tracy McGrady, SG/SF, Rockets (knee)
Michael Redd, SG, Bucks (thigh)
Anderson Varejao, PF/C, Cavaliers (knee/ankle)
Chris Wilcox, PF, SuperSonics (finger)
The Warriors-Grizzlies game matches two high-scoring, defense-optional teams. If Baron Davis can score 34 against the Spurs, expect a monster game at home Friday. Stephen Jackson and Monta Ellis are also locks and Al Harrington (17.6 points and 3.4 3-pointers his past five games) and Andris Biedrins (65.4 field goal percentage, including making at least half his shots in 29 straight games) should be worthwhile. As highlighted in Thursday's Daily Notes, keep playing all five Grizzlies starters in this game, including Mike Conley and Darko Milicic. The Hornets are one of the NBA's hottest teams and the Heat are cold, to put it mildly, after losing nine straight. New Orleans should be pumped up since the team just signed a lease extension that is contingent on attendance, so look for statement games from Chris Paul, David West (averaging 25.3 points and 8.5 rebounds his past five games), Peja Stojakovic (18.2 points and 3.4 3-pointers his past five games) and Tyson Chandler (recent 22- and 19-point games). Don't wish Zydrunas Ilgauskas a Happy New Year. He's only shooting 28 percent from the field and averaging 7.2 points in 2008, so you might want to give him a rest against a rejuvenated Bobcats team Friday. On the flip side, be sure to start Drew Gooden if Anderson Varejao is sidelined, as the Cavaliers should enjoy a rebounding advantage. The Rockets should go off at home against the Timberwolves, so stick with Rafer Alston who's averaging 17.4 points, 6.4 assists, 1.6 steals and a respectable 46 percent from the field in more than 40 minutes a game his past five.
Not many players average more than one steal, block and 3-pointer per game. Shane Battier does, so why doesn't he get more respect? Maybe if I told you that he's averaging 2.4 blocks in his past five games, including five in Wednesday's win over the Knicks, you'll overlook his single-digit scoring. In Michael Redd's absence, Charlie Bell finally came out of his season-long slump, scoring 27, 21 and 11 in consecutive games. Even when Redd returns, Bell could be worth a look if he can return to last year's form. Louis Williams has been steady if not spectacular for the 76ers, averaging 13.2 points, 3.4 assists and 1.2 steals in 25.6 minutes his past five games. Thaddeus Young may be coming of age. The 76ers' 19-year-old forward matched his career high (16 points) Wednesday for the second time in a week. Jason Williams is coming off the bench while getting into game shape after a five-game layoff, but he could be worth grabbing after his 23-point performance Wednesday. Marko Jaric is finally playable again after averaging 38.7 minutes, 12.7 points and 7.0 assists his past three games. Nazr Mohammed was dropped like a rock in most leagues. While his consecutive 17- and 18-point performances might get your attention, don't forget that he's only averaging 0.4 blocks in his past 10 games. If you need rebounds, the chairman of the boards lately is Nick Collison, who is averaging 13.8 rebounds in his past five games.
Tony Targan is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.
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