Commentary

Daily Notes for Sunday: Haywood exploits Lakers

Updated: February 2, 2008, 1:15 PM ET
By Adam Madison | Special to ESPN.com

Matchups for Sunday, February 3rd

TimeVisitorsOpp. PPGOpp. FGPRPG Diff.HomeOpp. PPGOpp. FGPRPG Diff.
12:00 p.m.Los Angeles Lakers101.5.4421.5
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Washington Wizards97.9.4491.5
2:30 p.m.Dallas Mavericks96.0.4482.5
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Detroit Pistons90.4.4401.1
All times are expressed in Eastern Time.
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.

Injury Report:

Out:
Devin Harris, PG, Mavericks (ankle)

Day-to-day
Caron Butler, SF, Wizards (hip)
Pau Gasol, PF/C, Lakers (back)
Jerry Stackhouse, SG/SF, Mavericks (hamstring)
Luke Walton, SF, Lakers (hip)

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em

Both the Lakers and Wizards have injury questions surrounding important players: Pau Gasol and Caron Butler, respectively. Gasol has missed three of his past four games and is questionable, and considering his prior back problems (and other injuries that have tended to nag him) and the lack of clarity surrounding the injury, one has to assume Gasol is much more likely to sit than to play. Look for Lamar Odom to have a big game, especially since Luke Walton is also questionable. As for Butler, the fact that he has missed three games in a row, with coach Eddie Jordan saying he "hopefully" plays Sunday, indicates Butler's safer to sit than start. Note that if Butler does indeed sit, this Wizards could be subjected to a blowout, Gasol or no Gasol. [e] Kwame Brown was the Lakers' best low-post defender, and if Gasol can't suit up, then Ronny Turiaf is the likely starter at center. Expect Brendan Haywood to stop fouling for a night as he goes off.

Waiver-Wire pickups

Well, it's pretty simple: No Butler, Andray Blatche goes off. But let's not forget Antonio Daniels ' extra value, either; both are strong plays, especially considering it is the last day of the week for head-to-head leagues, and the schedule is sparse.

Adam Madison is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com

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