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Matchups for Monday, Mar. 24
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 (back)
Ron Artest, SF, Kings (elbow)
Raja Bell, SG, Suns (ankle)
Andrew Bogut, C, Bucks (thigh)
Nick Collison, PF, SuperSonics (thigh)
Nenad Krstic, C, Nets (upper respiratory)
Shawn Marion, SF/PF, Heat (back)
Quentin Richardson, SG/SF, Knicks (wrist)
Nate Robinson, PG, Knicks (knee)
Beno Udrih, PG, Kings (back)
Chris Wilcox, PF, SuperSonics (finger)
Jason Williams, PG, Heat (thumb)
Start 'em, sit 'em
Go ahead and sit the Sixers' Samuel Dalembert against the Celtics. The last time the two teams played, he was totally swallowed up, going for just two points on 1-for-9 shooting from the floor. He did managed 10 boards, but I don't think that cancels out the fact that Kendrick Perkins blocked three of his shots. It's probably a good idea to sit most guys against the Celtics these days, but Dalembert seems to have even more than the usual trouble against them. [e] In that same game, you'll want to start Ray Allen. The Sixers had no answer for him last time, and he went for 21 points on 8-for-12 shooting. This time, the game is in Boston, and I'd expect the C's to be efficient on offense and win big. [e] Even including a dud against the Bulls, the Nets' Devin Harris is averaging 15.6 points, 6.0 assists and 1.8 steals over his past five games. The Knicks can't and don't defend anyone, so he's a good bet to surpass even those numbers on Monday. [e] Despite a few off games, I'd keep starting Ricky Davis. Looking at the injury reports, it seems like he's the only player on the Heat who's not injured. He was relatively quiet against the Bucks on Tuesday night, but still managed to put up 14 points and 10 assists in the rare Heat win. The Bucks play zero defense, so go ahead and let Ricky run again this time. [e] With the Sonics' frontline looking pretty decimated, LaMarcus Aldridge looks like a great guy to play for the Blazers. He's averaging 24.4 points on 56 percent shooting over his past five games. You'd like to see him do a bit better than the 6.2 rebounds and 0.2 blocks over that stretch, but that kind of scoring is never easy to come by.
Despite the Knicks' struggles, they do have a potential bright spot in rookie forward Wilson Chandler. For all of Isiah's bad decisions both managing and coaching the team, he's managed to find some pretty solid talent in the draft over the years. Chandler seems to be getting an opportunity, as he's played 33 minutes in back-to-back games against the Hawks and the Pacers. Against the Hawks he struggled, but against the Pacers he had 15 points, eight rebounds, two steals and one block. If you're in a keeper league and you are looking to take a flyer on a rookie with upside down the stretch, take a look at Chandler. The Nets' defense is pretty bad, so he could have another nice game on Monday. [e] Against the Bucks, the Heat's Daequan Cook looks like a pretty good matchup. Jason Williams and Marcus Banks are both still hurt, so Cook should be able to get plenty of minutes against the Bucks weak backcourt defense. Tuesday night against the Bucks he had 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting, and I think he can beat those numbers this time around. [e] If you need 3-pointers, take a chance on Juan Carlos Navarro for the Grizzlies against the Nuggets. Last time the two teams met, Navarro was the only Memphis player who didn't completely struggle, hitting four 3s on his way to 16 points. If he can see some minutes against Allen Iverson, he should be able to get some open looks while Iverson plays the passing lanes.
Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com
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