Commentary

Daily Notes for Sunday: Nervous for New Orleans

Updated: March 15, 2008, 1:37 PM ET
By Seth Landman | Special to ESPN.com

Matchups for Sunday, Mar. 16

TimeVisitorsOpp. PPGOpp. FGPRPG Diff.HomeOpp. PPGOpp. FGPRPG Diff.
1 p.m.New Orleans Hornets95.0.456+1.9
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Detroit Pistons90.4.436+1.6
3:30 p.m.Los Angeles Lakers100.9.443+1.2
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Houston Rockets91.6.429+4.3
6 p.m.Dallas Mavericks95.7.446+3.3
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Miami Heat101.3.471-4.1
6 p.m.Atlanta Hawks98.8.457+.8
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New York Knicks101.7.472-.3
6 p.m.Charlotte Bobcats101.0.469-2.8
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Cleveland Cavaliers97.7.459+3.4
9 p.m.Seattle SuperSonics105.3.454+.7
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Denver Nuggets104.8.450-.7
9 p.m.Toronto Raptors97.6.459-1.4
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Sacramento Kings103.8.464-1.6

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.

Injury Report

Out
Marcus Banks, PG, Heat (hamstring)
Dwyane Wade, PG/SG, Heat (knee)

Day-to-day
Marcus Camby, C, Nuggets (hip)
Nick Collison, PF, SuperSonics (back/hip)
Jeff Green, SF, SuperSonics (shoulder)
Allen Iverson, PG/SG, Nuggets (knee/finger)
Udonis Haslem, PF, Heat (ankle)
Carl Landry, SF, Rockets (knee)
Jamario Moon, SF, Raptors (ankle)
David West, PF, Hornets (ankle)

Start 'em, sit 'em

I don't see many red flags when I look at Chris Paul, but in a home game against the Detroit Pistons earlier this season, Paul and the Hornets had some major trouble. Paul's numbers were still useable, as he had 14 points and seven assists to three turnovers, but Chauncey Billups got the best of him, managing 18 points, seven boards and seven assists. David West, on the other hand, really struggled against the Rasheed Wallace/Antonio McDyess combination, going for just nine points on 3-for-15 shooting from the floor. … Ricky Davis has now scored 27 points in three consecutive games. Those games have been against teams like the Knicks and the Hawks, but I think he can put up some decent numbers against the Mavs on Sunday. Somebody has to score for the Heat, and with Dwyane Wade done for the season, it's going to have to be Davis. … The Bobcats are working Gerald Wallace back into the lineup slowly now that he has returned from his concussion, but I would expect to see Matt Carroll's minutes begin to decline as Wallace's increase. I think you can probably get away with starting Carroll, who has been on fire lately, against the Cavs, but beyond that you'll have to see how the playing time gets distributed to figure out whether Carroll is still worth owning.

Waiver-wire pickups

Sasha Pavlovic returned to the lineup for the Cavs this past week and had a nice night against the Wizards, scoring 24 points including five 3s on 9-for-15 shooting from the floor. The Cavs need shooting around LeBron James, and with newcomer Wally Szczerbiak really struggling to find his shot, there's ample room for Pavlovic to find his offense. The Bobcats give up a lot of points and you could do a lot worse than Pavlovic if you need some scoring, particularly 3s, on Sunday. … With Marcus Camby a little bit beat up for the Nuggets and Nick Collison hurting for the Sonics, the opportunity could be there for Johan Petro to have a pretty decent game for the Seattle. He had a double-double in the Sonics blowout loss to the Celtics and took more shots -- 15 -- than anyone else on the team. I don't think Petro is worth picking up in most formats, but in deep head-to-head leagues, he's worth a look if you are desperate for rebounding this week. … Also in deep leagues, with Kevin Martin struggling a bit for Sacramento, you may want to consider picking up John Salmons. He has a nice matchup against Toronto, and should be able to get to the rim with Chris Bosh still out of the lineup. He's been in double-figures in two of his past three games, and I'd roll the dice on his putting up double-figures again against the Raptors. … Additionally, with Bosh out of the lineup, another guy who could put together a decent night against the Raptors is Mikki Moore. He's been shooting it well lately, so if you need some points that won't hurt you in the percentages, take a look at him on Sunday.

Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com

Seth Landman

Fantasy Basketball
Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.

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