Commentary

Daily Notes for Tuesday: Sit S. Jackson versus Spurs

Updated: March 31, 2008, 11:49 AM ET
By Adam Madison | Special to ESPN.com

Matchups for Tuesday, April 1

Time Visitors Opp. PPG Opp. FGP RPG Diff. Home Opp. PPG Opp. FGP RPG Diff.
7:00 p.m. New Orleans Hornets 95.4 .458 +1.0
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Orlando Magic 99.7 .449 +0.8
7:30 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers 96.0 .458 +3.2
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New Jersey Nets 100.5 .453 +1.0
8:00 p.m. New York Knicks 102.4 .472 -0.5
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Milwaukee Bucks 102.7 .475 +0.8
8:00 p.m. Detroit Pistons 90.4 .439 +1.9
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Minnesota Timberwolves 101.2 .466 +0.8
8:30 p.m. Boston Celtics 90.6 .420 +2.8
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Chicago Bulls 99.9 .449 +1.0
8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors 108.2 .464 -4.1
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San Antonio Spurs 90.9 .446 +1.0
9:00 p.m. Phoenix Suns 105.2 .454 -3.5
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Denver Nuggets 105.7 .455 -1.1
10:00 p.m. Houston Rockets 92.3 .432 +4.0
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Sacramento Kings 104.4 .466 -1.1

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
Mickael Pietrus, SG/SF, Warriors (groin, hamstring)

Day-to-day
Andrew Bogut, C, Bucks (nose)
Drew Gooden, PF, Cavaliers (abdominal)
Jameer Nelson, PG, Magic (jaw)
Zach Randolph, PF, Knicks (flu)
Beno Udrih, PG, Kings (back)

Start 'em, sit 'em

David Lee has been on fire recently, averaging more than 14 points and 12 rebounds in his past five games. He's also played a healthy 37 minutes per game during this stretch, while his main competition for minutes, Zach Randolph, who has seemingly fallen out of favor with the team, is currently dealing with the flu. And the Bucks (114.0 points allowed per 100 possessions) are the only team with a worse defensive efficiency than the Knicks (113.7). …

The Celtics' defense has slipped slightly during the course of the season, but in terms of defensive efficiency, Boston is still dominating the NBA. The Bulls are one of the league's worst offensive teams, making any of their players a risky play; Luol Deng, for example, is shooting 33 percent and averaging 12 points in the previous three meetings against the Celtics. …

If you have a roster deep enough to pick and choose the best matchups for your players, bench Stephen Jackson on Tuesday. A gunner facing the Spurs usually equals a poor night shooting, especially considering how well the Spurs cut off the 3-point line (34 percent allowed beyond the arc, 2nd in the NBA).

Waiver-wire pickups

Marko Jaric has 13 steals in his past six games, so despite his offensive ineptitude (9.1 points per game in the same span), he's a pretty valuable one-trick pony. …

Twenty-four points on just 12 shots against the Spurs is impressive. That Luis Scola's finest offensive performance of the season came against one of the league's best defenses -- and hottest teams -- illustrates how well he's been playing: he is averaging more than 15 points and nearly nine rebounds in his past seven games. …

Francisco Garcia has scored at least 15 points in four of his past five games and has taken on a larger role due to Beno Udrih's absence. Because Garcia does enough different things -- he has a total of 10 3-pointers, 10 steals and 10 assists in those five games as well -- he doesn't necessarily need 30-plus minutes to have value, so he's a good option if Udrih remains unable to suit up.

Adam Madison is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.