Commentary

Daily Notes for Friday: Williams' return doesn't slow Brewer

Updated: November 14, 2008, 9:34 AM ET
By Guy Lake | Special to ESPN.com

Matchups for Friday, Nov. 14

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Time Visitors Opp. PPG Opp. FGP RPG Diff. Home Opp. PPG Opp. FGP RPG Diff.
7:00 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers 95.1 .429 +8.0
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Indiana Pacers 95.6 .436 0.0
7:00 p.m. Utah Jazz 90.1 .419 +3.5
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Charlotte Bobcats 93.0 .468 -1.1
7:30 p.m. Washington Wizards 105.2 .491 -1.7
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Miami Heat 95.1 .441 -4.5
7:30 p.m. Atlanta Hawks 91.4 .413 -0.4
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New Jersey Nets 99.3 .446 -0.1
7:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder 97.1 .436 -0.5
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New York Knicks 103.1 .491 -7.9
8:00 p.m. Denver Nuggets 98.7 .412 -1.3
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Boston Celtics 88.4 .388 +3.2
8:00 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers 99.0 .487 +0.5
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New Orleans Hornets 93.0 .449 -0.1
8:00 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks 95.3 .450 +3.4
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Memphis Grizzlies 98.2 .440 -0.3
8:30 p.m. Orlando Magic 93.5 .421 +2.3
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Dallas Mavericks 99.3 .435 -0.1
8:30 p.m. Houston Rockets 91.3 .438 -2.6
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San Antonio Spurs 98.1 .456 -2.3
10:00 p.m. Phoenix Suns 98.1 .450 +2.0
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Sacramento Kings 105.2 .468 +1.4
10:30 p.m. Detroit Pistons 94.6 .467 +3.7
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Los Angeles Lakers 86.7 .401 +7.7

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.

Watch on ESPN360.com

If you want to check out your players in action from your computer, you can watch the following games live on ESPN360.com:

• 8 p.m.: Nuggets at Celtics
• 10:30 p.m.: Pistons at Lakers

All times Eastern.

Injury report

Out
Chris Andersen, PF/C, Nuggets (ribs)
Gilbert Arenas, PG, Wizards (knee)
Shane Battier, SF, Rockets (foot)
Mike Dunleavy, SG/SF, Pacers (knee)
Francisco Garcia, SG/SF, Kings (calf)
Manu Ginobili, SG, Spurs (ankle)
Kevin Martin, SG, Kings (ankle)
Tony Parker, PG, Spurs (ankle)
Jason Richardson, SG/SF, Bobcats (knee)
Josh Smith, SF/PF, Hawks (ankle)
Martell Webster, SG/SF, Trail Blazers (foot)

Day-to-day
Kevin Durant, SG/SF, Thunder (ankle)
Devin Harris, PG, Nets (ankle)
Josh Howard, SF, Mavericks (wrist)
Andrei Kirilenko, SF/PF, Jazz (finger)
Shawn Marion, SF/PF, Heat (groin, broken nose, finger)
Kenyon Martin, PF, Nuggets (wrist)
Troy Murphy, PF/C, Pacers (stomach virus)
Rasho Nesterovic, C, Pacers (ankle)
Greg Oden, C, Trail Blazers (foot)
Mehmet Okur, C, Jazz (family illness)
Morris Peterson, SG/SF, Hornets (knee)
Michael Redd, SG, Bucks (ankle)
Brandon Roy, SG, Trail Blazers (back)
Rodney Stuckey, PG/SG, Pistons (dizziness)
Chris Wilcox, PF/C, Thunder (knee)

Start 'em, sit 'em

Ronnie Brewer deserves more credit than he has been getting and should be starting in leagues of all respectable sizes (you know who you are). He has averaged 13 points, 1.0 3-pointers, 5.4 assists and 2.6 steals over his past five games. Of particular note are the assists, which have continued to flourish even with Deron Williams back in the fold. The Bobkittens have been weak on defense, and with Jason Richardson out, Brewer should be able to use his size advantage over the Charlotte backcourt to dominate. … Give Troy Murphy another game before putting him back in your starting lineup. You don't want to rely on a player coming off a stomach illness, which has been known to sap players' legs, especially while facing a strong on-the-ball defender such as Elton Brand. … Leandro Barbosa has been heating up, with 18 and 27 points, respectively, in his past two games, and the Kings are allowing 41.4 percent of 3-point shot attempts to find the bottom of the net, the second-worst mark in the NBA. Barbosa and other threats from deep on the Suns (including Raja Bell and Matt Barnes) should make good starts Friday. … Rodney Stuckey will be back on the court against the Lakers on Friday, according to the Detroit Free Press. However, the Lakers have been very stingy against opposing backcourts. Stuckey isn't likely to see big minutes anyhow, so starting him against one of the league's best backcourt defenses is not a good idea.

Waiver-wire pickups

If I told you there was a player who has averaged 12.8 points, 2.0 3-pointers, 9.2 rebounds and 0.8 blocks over his past five games and he was available in more than 75 percent of ESPN leagues, would you be interested? How about if his name was Yi Jianlian? The Nets need offense from someone other than Vince Carter and Devin Harris, and Yi is looking like the best candidate. I am not just saying this for shock value; I picked up Yi in our ESPN writers' league after struggling with the narcoleptic duo of Tyrus Thomas and J.R. Smith. I kept Thomas and dropped Smith, but will be starting Yi ahead of Thomas until the latter can find some measure of consistency. … If you needed another reason to pick up Marquis Daniels (just 35.5 percent owned), who has averaged 16.0 points and 6.2 rebounds over his past five games, here's another one: The Sixers allow the most steals per game of any team in the NBA. Marquis has always been adept at thievery and is averaging 1.6 steals per game over his past five games. There has been no word regarding Mike Dunleavy's return, so the job belongs to Daniels for the foreseeable future. Even if you are in a head-to-head league and just need short-term help in steals, Marquis makes for a nice pickup. … Keeping the single-stat-contributor theme going, Kendrick Perkins is a good pickup for Friday if your team needs blocks. He is averaging 2.8 blocks per contest and faces the most blocked team in the league in the Nuggets. Nene and Carmelo Anthony, in particular, get rejected frequently, and with most of the low-post scoring going through them, it's a fair bet that Perkins and the Celtics will throw a block party. … Adam Morrison had a strong game (16 points and 2 3-pointers) his last time out and should see more minutes while Jason Richardson recovers from exploratory knee surgery. Owners in deeper leagues should make a play for him if they are in need of scoring and/or 3-pointers. … With Andrei Kirilenko listed as day-to-day because of an injured finger and Mehmet Okur not yet back from visiting his ailing father in Turkey, Paul Millsap is in line for big minutes.

Guy Lake is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.

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