Daily Notes for Sunday: Sit Gooden against his former team
|Time||Visitors||Opp. PPG||Opp. FGP||RPG Diff.||Home||Opp. PPG||Opp. FGP||RPG Diff.|
|1 p.m.||Chicago Bulls||98.6||.449||+1.3|| |
|3:30 p.m.||Dallas Mavericks||95.3||.448||+2.9|| |
|Los Angeles Lakers||100.6||.443||+1.3|
|6 p.m.||Atlanta Hawks||97.5||.455||+.9|| |
|6 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs||90.9||.449||+1.6|| |
|New Jersey Nets||99.3||.452||+1.8|
|6 p.m.||New Orleans Hornets||95.0||.457||+1.3|| |
|6 p.m.||Toronto Raptors||95.8||.451||-1.3|| |
|6 p.m.||Milwaukee Bucks||101.8||.472||+.1|| |
|6:30 p.m.||Seattle SuperSonics||104.2||.450||+.9|| |
|8 p.m.||Denver Nuggets||104.7||.446||-.9|| |
|9 p.m.||Portland Trail Blazers||95.9||.443||-2.3|| |
|Golden State Warriors||107.7||.463||-5.4|
|9 p.m.||Miami Heat||100.3||.466||-4.0|| |
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.
Tony Allen, SG, Celtics (calf/flu)
LeBron James, SF, Cavaliers (ankle)
James Jones, SF, Trail Blazers (knee)
Acie Law, PG, Hawks (wrist)
Vladimir Radmanovic, SF, Lakers (calf)
Jason Richardson, SG, Bobcats (eye abrasion)
Brandon Roy, SG, Trail Blazers (ankle)
Thabo Sefolosha, SG/SF, Bulls (groin)
Bonzi Wells, SG, Hornets (Achilles)
Marvin Williams, SF/PF, Hawks (flu)
If I owned Drew Gooden, I'd sit him against the Cavs on Sunday. Yes, he's averaging a double-double in three games with his new team, but Cleveland's frontcourt combination of Ben Wallace and Joe Smith should be able to defend him effectively. It's possible he'll respond positively to playing against his old team, but I think it's more likely that he lays an egg. Look for Rajon Rondo to abuse Mike Bibby in the Celtics' matchup with the Hawks. Rondo will want to make a statement that he can run the team effectively before Sam Cassell arrives in town, and Bibby's defense has been, to put it politely, less than stellar all season. Rondo has the speed to blow by him off the dribble and with Al Horford having to pay attention to Kevin Garnett on the perimeter, the lane should be wide open for Rondo. Normally, I'd be telling you to start Tony Parker against the Nets, but with Devin Harris now playing point guard, New Jersey's defense at the point of attack should be improved. Harris doesn't have the strength to muscle bigger guards, but he's just as quick as Parker and should be able to neutralize Parker's effectiveness getting into the lane. Since returning from injury, his numbers have been fairly pedestrian, and if you've been waiting for a good game to start him, this is not that game. T.J. Ford has been playing extremely well in limited minutes off the bench for the Raptors over the past week or so, and he has a favorable matchup against the Bobcats on Sunday. It looks like neither Ford nor Jose Calderon will be quite as effective for fantasy owners as they would be if the other was gone, but both are productive players who are definitely worth owning down the stretch. Ford is still available in more than 20 percent of leagues, so pick him up if you can.
Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com
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