Daily Notes for Saturday: J-Will has been hot -- on offense, anyway
|Time||Visitors||Opp. PPG||Opp. FGP||RPG Diff.||Home||Opp. PPG||Opp. FGP||RPG Diff.|
|3:30 p.m.||Indiana Pacers||105.2||.443||-0.1|| |
|7:00 p.m.||Philadelphia 76ers||96.6||.462||+3.0|| |
|8:00 p.m.||Los Angeles Clippers||98.0||.449||-2.8|| |
|8:30 p.m.||New Orleans Hornets||92.8||.449||+1.2|| |
|San Antonio Spurs||91.5||.454||+1.7|
All times are ET.
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.
Jason Williams had four 3-pointers and four steals Thursday, and has contributed ample 3-pointers, assists and steals of late. Going up against a Pacers team that allows more than 105 points per game, he should have another solid outing. It's hard to recommend anybody other than the Spurs' "big three" as consistent, nightly starters, although Michael Finley has scored in double digits in each of his past three games, with eight 3s during that span. He's starting over Brent Barry, and even though he faces a somewhat staunch Hornets defense Saturday night, he's never afraid to gun and should contribute from behind the arc. Otherwise, the Spurs-Hornets matchup should be a defensive showdown, and I'd bench all of your fringe players in Roto formats. Both Willie Green and Louis Williams can score like crazy, although they hurt each other's value. Still, both are sound options tonight against a Bobcats squad that allows nearly 100 points per game on 46 percent field goal shooting. Stromile Swift hurt his ankle in Wednesday's game, and if he misses time, look for Darko Milicic to play extended minutes and have increased value, including an above-average night Saturday. Now that Mike Bibby, Ron Artest and Kevin Martin are all playing for the Kings for the first extended period of time this season, John Salmons' value has plummeted, and I'd take him out of your lineup until it becomes clear what his role is now that the Kings' superstars are back.
Josh Whitling is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com