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Daily Notes for Sunday: Nesterovic is en fuego

4/12/2008

Matchups for Sunday, Apr. 13

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
None.


Day-to-day
Shane Battier, SF, Rockets (foot)
Manu Ginobili, SG, Spurs (groin)
Richard Hamilton, SG, Pistons (hip)
Josh Howard, SF, Mavericks (knee)
LeBron James, SF, Cavaliers (back)
Tracy McGrady, SG/SF, Rockets (shoulder)
Nene, PF/C, Nuggets (groin)

Start 'em, sit 'em

The Rasho Nesterovic bandwagon has been growing and growing. Rasho's playing great basketball for the Raptors and the Raptors are rewarding him with plenty of minutes. Over his past five games, the big man is averaging 18.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks while shooting 59 percent from the floor and 92 percent from the line. In a recent loss to the Hawks, he even threw in a 3-pointer. He's going up against the Pistons on Sunday, but this is a game that means more for the Raptors than it does for the Pistons. I'd expect Rasho to struggle against Rasheed Wallace and Antonio McDyess, but I'd also expect Detroit to keep those guys on the bench most of the night, so Rasho looks like a good play in spite of the tough competition. … You already know that Lamar Odom is a great player who belongs in your lineup every night when he's healthy, but he's playing so well lately that he deserves some extra love. For his past 10 games, Odom is averaging 15.6 points, 11.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.0 blocks while shooting 57 percent from the floor. In fact, he's been putting up numbers in that range ever since the Lakers added Pau Gasol prior to the trading deadline. Start Odom against the Spurs, of course, and when you're ranking your fantasy players for next season, keep in mind that he has shot 60 percent from the floor since the All-Star break, and will likely continue that efficiency into next season. … Though he has not been the player I expected over the past couple of months, the Heat's Ricky Davis is putting together some good games of late. For his past five games, he's shooting 49 percent from the floor and averaging 14.8 points, 5.4 assists and 5.4 rebounds, not to mention 1.6 steals and 0.6 blocks. He's also on fire from behind the arc, going 15-for-24 over his past three contests. He should be good to go for the last four games of this season, and although he can be scary to rely on, he's worth having in your lineup.


Waiver-wire pickups

In the Pistons' meeting with the Raptors just a few weeks ago, Rodney Stuckey put up 16 points, six rebounds and three assists in just a little more than 31 minutes. Clearly, he can put up some decent numbers against the Raptors backcourt. Over his past five games, he's averaging 16.4 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds. Throw in 1.4 steals and 85 percent shooting from the line and it's clear that Stuckey has been a pretty valuable player in recent weeks. The Pistons have little to play for right now, so it stands to reason that Stuckey will continue getting plenty of minutes. He's probably available in your league, so if you still need help for this final week, he's a great place to look. … Normally, you'd look at the Magic-Bulls matchup, see that neither team has anything to play for, and assume some extra minutes for the bench guys. But these teams just matched up on Wednesday, had nothing to play for, and Dwight Howard still put up 30 points and 14 boards. One guy who is probably worth owning for the Bulls, however, is Tyrus Thomas. One would think the Bulls would be getting Thomas as many minutes as possible now that they are out of contention. He's been pretty good lately, too, averaging 10.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals in just 28 minutes per game over his past five. He blocked five shots against the Magic on Wednesday, and I say he's worth starting to see if he can match that number this time around. … He's only available in around 33 percent of fantasy leagues, but Earl Watson could have a nice game for the Sonics against the playoff-bound Mavericks on Sunday. He had 22 points, five rebounds and eight assists against the Mavs on Tuesday, and should be able to get to the rim against Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Tyronn Lue, or whoever else guards him this time.

Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com

Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com