Commentary

Daily Notes for Monday: How 'bout that Bargnani!

Updated: February 3, 2008, 5:48 PM ET
By Adam Madison | Special to ESPN.com

Matchups for Monday, Feb. 4

Time Visitors Opp. PPG Opp. FGP RPG Diff. Home Opp. PPG Opp. FGP RPG Diff.
7:00 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers 96.1 .460 +2.8
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Atlanta Hawks 96.0 .450 +0.6
7:00 p.m. Dallas Mavericks 96.0 .448 +2.5
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Orlando Magic 100.0 .447 +0.8
7:30 p.m. Los Angeles Clippers 99.1 .454 -3.5
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New York Knicks 100.7 .474 +0.9
7:30 p.m. Toronto Raptors 95.7 .450 -1.5
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Miami Heat 99.8 .463 -3.4
8:00 p.m. Houston Rockets 93.8 .438 +3.3
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Minnesota Timberwolves 101.3 .463 +0.6
9:00 p.m. New Orleans Hornets 93.4 .451 +2.1
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Utah Jazz 99.5 .458 +2.2
9:00 p.m. Charlotte Bobcats 99.6 .465 -3.0
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Phoenix Suns 103.3 .449 -6.0
10:00 p.m. Denver Nuggets 103.9 .448 -0.6
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Portland Trailblazers 95.3 .441 -2.2
10:00 p.m. Chicago Bulls 96.9 .446 +0.9
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Seattle SuperSonics 104.3 .450 +0.2

All times Eastern.
Key: Opp. PPG = Points per game allowed to opponents. Opp. FGP = Field goal percentage allowed to opponents. RPG Diff. = The difference between a team's rebounds per game and its opponents' rebounds per game.

Injury Report:

Out:
Luol Deng, SF, Bulls (Achilles)
Devin Harris, PG, Mavericks (ankle)
Udonis Haslem, PF, Heat (ankle)
Gerald Wallace, SF/PF, Bobcats (ankle)

Day-to-day:
Marcus Camby, C, Nuggets (knee)
Eddy Curry, C, Knicks (flu)
Jeff Green, SF, Sonics (ankle)
Chris Kaman, C, Clippers (flu)
Corey Maggette, SG/SF, Clippers (flu)
Jerry Stackhouse, SG/SF, Mavericks (hamstring)
Wally Szczerbiak, SG/SF, Sonics (ankle)

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em

Tim Thomas averaged more than 39 minutes in his past five games. He is inconsistent, but as long as Maggette is out, the playing time will be there, and he has a good matchup, considering the Knicks are dead last in defensive efficiency. … Mehmet Okur is coming off his best month in a disappointing season and really picked it up the past two games, averaging 21 points and 12 rebounds. … Andres Nocioni has not shot better than 42.1 percent in eight straight games now, so make sure the streaky shooter is benched.

Waiver-Wire Pickups

Jared Dudley
Icon SMIJared Dudley could make for a nice pickup in deep leagues.
Andrea Bargnani averaged 33.5 minutes and 23.5 points in his past two games. He is consistent only in his inconsistency, but you also can expect good players to have their way with the Heat, especially against the Heat's decimated front line. … Gerald Wallace is out for at least a week, so expect Jared Dudley and Nazr Mohammed to see extra time. Against the Suns, expect the more versatile Dudley to see the bulk of the playing time, making him a decent utility option. … While he is a risk to lose his starting job at any time, Boris Diaw averaged nearly 36 minutes in his past four games. Any Suns option getting that much playing time is worth a pickup.

Adam Madison is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com

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