Daily Notes for Monday: The C's don't intimidate Miller
|Time||Visitors||Opp. PPG||Opp. FGP||RPG Diff.||Home||Opp. PPG||Opp. FGP||RPG Diff.|
|7 p.m.||Boston Celtics||90.4||.420||+2.4|| |
|7 p.m.||Atlanta Hawks||98.7||.458||+.8|| |
|7 p.m.||Portland Trail Blazers||96.6||.445||-1.9|| |
|7:30 p.m.||Los Angeles Clippers||99.6||.463||-3.5|| |
|8:30 p.m.||New Jersey Nets||99.2||.452||+1.0|| |
|8:30 p.m.||New York Knicks||101.9||.472||+.1|| |
|8:30 p.m.||Denver Nuggets||105.1||.451||-1.0|| |
|San Antonio Spurs||90.9||.447||+1.8|
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.
Carmelo Anthony, SF, Nuggets (knee)
Udonis Haslem, PF, Heat (ankle)
Allen Iverson, PG/SG, Nuggets (finger)
Carl Landry, SF, Rockets (knee)
Bostjan Nachbar, SF, Nets (hip)
Zach Randolph, PF, Knicks (foot)
Dwyane Wade, PG/SG, Heat (knee)
The Celtics have played great defense of late, so it's hard to specifically recommend playing anyone against them. In fact, when the 76ers face the Celtics on Monday night, the only automatic start is Andre Iguodala, who is a good enough fantasy player that he should start against anyone and everyone. Even so, Andre Miller might be able to take advantage of his size against Rajon Rondo the way Chauncey Billups has all season. In fact, Miller has averaged 19.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists in two games against the C's this year, and I have no reason to believe he can't continue to put up good numbers against the undersized Rondo. Sam Cassell might have something to say about that, of course, but I'm not ready to trust that the veteran is going to play enough minutes yet to be relevant at all for fantasy purposes. Over his past five games, the Cavs' Delonte West has started to find his stroke, shooting 49 percent from the floor and 39 percent from behind the arc. Going up against Steve Blake and Portland's first unit, West should be able to get wherever he wants on the floor, and if the Blazers use West's man to occasionally double-team LeBron James, West will be able to knock down whatever open looks he gets. The Nets' Devin Harris hasn't found his shooting stroke since coming to New Jersey, but look for him to get some of it back against Rafer Alston and the Rockets. Yes, Houston's defense has been stifling during its epic winning streak, but point guard is still its weakest position defensively, and Harris has the speed to exploit Alston on both ends. One thing the Rockets don't have a lot of with Yao out is shot-blocking, and I'd expect Harris to take it to the cup incessantly any time Dikembe Mutombo is on the bench. I've been saying a lot of negative things about Jason Kidd in this space since his move to Dallas at the trading deadline, but I'm switching gears in order to make sure he's in your lineup against the Knicks. He's averaging 14.0 points and 12.0 assists against them this year -- actually somewhat modest numbers by Kidd's standards -- but his 48 percent shooting against them stands out and makes me think he can have an efficient performance against them. Kidd also should be able to rack up plenty of steals against the Knicks' sloppy backcourt.
Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com