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Matchups for Monday, Feb. 11
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.
Andrew Bogut, C, Bucks (hip)
Caron Butler, SF, Wizards (hip)
Matt Carroll, SG, Bobcats (ankle)
Erick Dampier, C, Mavericks (ankle)
Antonio Daniels, PG, Wizards (knee)
Daniel Gibson, PG, Cavaliers (hamstring)
Drew Gooden, PF, Cavaliers (groin)
Yi Jianlian, PF, Bucks (shoulder)
Tracy McGrady, SG/SF, Rockets (upper respiratory)
Michael Redd, SG, Bucks (knee)
Brandon Roy, SG, Trail Blazers (personal)
Jerry Stackhouse, SG/SF, Mavericks (hamstring)
Tim Thomas, SF/PF, Clippers (back)
Mo Williams, PG, Bucks (flu)
Start 'Em, Sit 'Em
Pau Gasol has already started to break out for the Lakers, going for 30 points and nine boards against Dwight Howard and Orlando on Friday. Against Charlotte on Monday, he's a good start, so is Lamar Odom, who took only five shots against Orlando and made all of them. The Bobcats have two guys who can match up with Gasol in Nazr Mohammed and Emeka Okafor, but Odom's quickness will be a major problem for whichever Charlotte big man doesn't guard Gasol. If the Bobcats choose to go small, Odom will take Gerald Wallace into the post and score over him. The Bobcats are a bad defensive team, and both Lakers big men should have field days against them. In the matchup between Milwaukee's Andrew Bogut and the Clippers' Chris Kaman, I'm happy starting both guys. Neither team plays much defense, and I think each center can score on his counterpart. For similar reasons, I like both Mo Williams and Sam Cassell a lot in this game, too -- but Mo has the flu and is still questionable to play. LaMarcus Aldridge should be a good start against Houston; the Rockets are still in the process of testing out Luis Scola at power forward, and Scola doesn't really have the size to bother Aldridge on the block or shooting jump shots. If the Rockets put Yao on Aldridge, Portland's second-year forward will just step outside and make jumpers. The Rockets are the better team, but Aldridge is a tough matchup for them.
Philadelphia rookie Thaddeus Young has been an efficient scorer since he moved into the starting lineup, averaging 13 points on almost 60 percent shooting from the floor over his past five games, all starts. He's an intriguing matchup against many teams, including Dallas on Monday, because his size and quickness make him a tough cover for prototype small forwards and power forwards. If Dallas needs Josh Howard to cover Andre Iguodala, Young could see a lot of easy looks at the basket. He's a great pickup in keeper leagues, but I like him enough in all formats to give him a shot while he has this starting gig. If you need a quick fix for 3-pointers, Cleveland's Damon Jones is a great play on Monday. Over his past five games, he's made 14 3s at a 45 percent clip. Orlando doesn't do a great job on the perimeter, their point guards play bad defense and LeBron should have the drive-and-kick game working full-force -- I don't think either Hedo Turkoglu or Rashard Lewis can prevent LeBron from getting into the lane. When the Cavs played Orlando at the beginning of the season -- with a similar roster, missing Anderson Varejao and Sasha Pavlovic -- Daniel Gibson made four 3s and LeBron had 14 assists. Gibson is injured this time around, but I'm fully expecting Jones to pick up the slack. Martell Webster's stock is pretty low right now, but with 3-point specialist James Jones on the shelf, Webster is the Blazers' best deep threat, and the Rockets are a team that gives up a lot of 3s. If Webster can rediscover his stroke -- he's shooting 38 percent on 3s for the year but only 27 percent over the past 10 games -- he could be a valuable fantasy player down the stretch. Especially in keeper leagues, he's worth a hard look. He's still starting, and he's owned in only 9 percent of fantasy leagues.
Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com
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