Daily Notes for Saturday: 'Melo to make season debut
|Time||Visitors||Opp. PPG||Opp. FGP||RPG Diff.||Home||Opp. PPG||Opp. FGP||RPG Diff.|
|7:00 p.m.||Philadelphia 76ers||96.2||.461||+2.7|| |
|7:00 p.m.||Miami Heat||100.0||.467||-5.5|| |
|7:00 p.m.||Boston Celtics||90.3||.419||+3.1|| |
|7:00 p.m.||Sacramento Kings||104.8||.466||-1.8|| |
|7:30 p.m.||Washington Wizards||99.2||.461||+0.4|| |
|7:30 p.m.||Golden State Warriors||108.8||.467||-3.8|| |
|New Jersey Nets||100.9||.455||+0.2|
|8:00 p.m.||Dallas Mavericks||95.9||.443||+2.7|| |
|8:00 p.m.||Cleveland Cavaliers||96.7||.454||+4.2|| |
|New Orleans Hornets||95.6||.460||+1.0|
|8:30 p.m.||Memphis Grizzlies||106.9||.479||-2.9|| |
|8:30 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder||106.3||.460||+0.5|| |
|8:30 p.m.||Toronto Raptors||97.3||.457||-1.5|| |
|9:00 p.m.||Los Angeles Lakers||101.3||.445||+1.4|| |
|9:00 p.m.||Los Angeles Clippers||101.1||.466||-3.4|| |
|9:00 p.m.||Portland Trail Blazers||96.3||.450||-1.0|| |
All times are ET. Statistics are from 2007-08 season.
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.
Chucky Atkins, PG, Nuggets (knee)
Marcus Camby, PF/C, Clippers (heel)
Mike Dunleavy, SG/SF, Pacers (knee)
Francisco Garcia, SG/SF, Kings (calf)
Matt Harpring, SF, Jazz (ankle)
Larry Hughes, SG, Bulls (shoulder)
Brad Miller, C, Kings (suspension)
Greg Oden, C, Trail Blazers (ankle)
Sebastian Telfair, PG, Timberwolves (suspension)
Deron Williams, PG, Jazz (ankle)
Just as notable as Udonis Haslem's 23 points and 10 rebounds against the Knicks on Wednesday were the 39 minutes played despite five fouls. The Heat just don't have any big men to turn to, so Haslem may set a career high in minutes; give him a go against the Bobcats. Spencer Hawes gets a tough test in Dwight Howard, but 14 rebounds and six blocks in his first game speaks volumes. The Kings and Magic were eighth and ninth, respectively, in possessions per game last season, so there should be ample opportunities to grab some boards and swat some shots with Brad Miller still suspended. Fouls will be a problem for Darrell Arthur (three in 27 minutes against the Rockets), but at the same time, it's not like Darko Milicic (averaging two fouls in 17 minutes per game for his career) or Hakim Warrick (2.2 fouls in 20 minutes) don't have the same problem, and Arthur is the best rebounder of the group. Another good game against the Bulls and it's time to pick him up and see how it shakes out. The injury to Greg Oden is actually a boon to Travis Outlaw, who will see more time freed up at power forward as LaMarcus Aldridge and Channing Frye play more center. A big game could be in store against the Suns, as Outlaw will benefit from the increased pace.
Adam Madison is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.