Commentary

Daily Notes for Friday: Open season for Bucks

Updated: November 20, 2008, 1:44 PM ET
By Guy Lake | Special to ESPN.com

Matchups for Friday, Nov. 21

Time Visitors Opp. PPG Opp. FGP RPG Diff. Home Opp. PPG Opp. FGP RPG Diff.
7 p.m. Orlando Magic 93.0 .425 +0.1
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Indiana Pacers 96.3 .423 +1.1
7 p.m. Los Angeles Clippers 100.7 .453 -5.4
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Philadelphia 76ers 94.5 .434 +8.1
7 p.m. Houston Rockets 89.5 .435 -0.8
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Washington Wizards 101.4 .474 -5.8
7 p.m. New Jersey Nets 101.6 .450 +0.3
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Toronto Raptors 96.7 .443 -1.8
7:30 p.m. Charlotte Bobcats 93.7 .466 -2.3
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Atlanta Hawks 97.6 .441 -0.5
8:00 p.m. Boston Celtics 90.7 .399 +2.2
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Minnesota Timberwolves 101.3 .458 -3.5
8:30 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies 98.1 .435 -1.5
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Dallas Mavericks 99.3 .420 +3.3
8:30 p.m. New York Knicks 105.9 .487 -7.3
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Milwaukee Bucks 96.0 .445 +5.5
8:30 p.m. Utah Jazz 93.4 .434 +4.4
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San Antonio Spurs 93.1 .447 -3.8
9:30 p.m. New Orleans Hornets 92.9 .458 -0.3
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Oklahoma City Thunder 100.9 .450 -2.0
10:00 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers 95.6 .462 +2.2
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Sacramento Kings 103.0 .476 -0.2
10:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls 99.7 .438 -0.8
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Golden State Warriors 105.3 .455 -0.5
10:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets 96.3 .425 -0.8
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Los Angeles Lakers 91.3 .415 +5.6

All times 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:

• 7 p.m.: Rockets at Wizards
• 9:30 p.m.: Hornets at Thunder

All times ET.

Injury report

Out
Gilbert Arenas, PG, Wizards, (knee)
Shane Battier, SF, Rockets (foot)
Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG/SF, Nets (ankle)
Mike Dunleavy, SG/SF, Pacers (knee)
Monta Ellis, PG/SG, Warriors (ankle, suspension)
Manu Ginobili, SG, Spurs (ankle)
Al Harrington, PF/C, Warriors (back)
Kirk Hinrich, PG/SG, Bulls (thumb)
Kevin Martin, SG, Kings (ankle)
Desmond Mason, SG/SF, Thunder (elbow)
Tony Parker, PG, Spurs (ankle)
Morris Peterson, SG/SF, Hornets (knee)
Josh Smith, SF/PF, Hawks (ankle)
Martell Webster, SF, Trail Blazers (foot)

Day-to-day
Josh Boone, C, Nets (ankle)
Carlos Boozer, PF, Jazz (quadriceps)
Luol Deng, SF, Bulls (groin)
Al Horford, PF/C, Hawks (ankle)
Josh Howard, SF, Mavericks (ankle)
Tracy McGrady, SG/SF, Rockets (knee)
Yao Ming, C, Rockets (foot)
Mikki Moore, PF/C, Kings (ankle)
Eduardo Najera, PF, Nets (neck)
Mickael Pietrus, SG/SF, Magic (ribs)
Michael Redd, SG, Bucks (ankle)
Jason Richardson, SG/SF, Bobcats (knee)
Charlie Villanueva, SF/PF, Bucks (hamstring)
Deron Williams, PG, Jazz (ankle)

Start 'em, sit 'em

Marvin Williams is averaging 16.8 points, 1.8 3-pointers and 6.4 rebounds in his past five games. He grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds Wednesday and should be in line for more without teammates Al Horford or Joe Smith in the lineup. … It should go without saying, but get your Bucks in your lineup against the Knicks, who are allowing a generous 105.9 points per game. Michael Redd will miss the game, making Ramon Sessions a particularly attractive start. Luc Mbah a Moute should see plenty of run because Charlie Villanueva is likely to miss the game or at least play limited minutes. Given the number of possessions the Knicks generate, there should be plenty of rebounds for Mbah a Moute and other big men. … Paul Millsap is a must-start should Carlos Boozer be sidelined with a strained quad. He always has produced excellent defensive numbers with minutes. He had five blocks in just 22 minutes Wednesday against the Bucks. … In 10-team leagues, it's time to sit Spencer Hawes. His minutes are down (22.3 per game in his past three games), and running with the second unit against Portland means matching up against Greg Oden. If Hawes doesn't have his outside game going, it could be a long night.

Waiver-wire pickups

At just 9.1 percent owned, Andrea Bargnani makes a nice pickup for Friday's tilt against the permissive defense of the New Jersey Nets. He is starting at small forward. and although he certainly is inconsistent, the Nets seem to be a team he could exploit. Bobby Simmons doesn't have the size to interfere with Bargnani's shot, and we even could see some post play from the man they call vermicelli. … He's long gone in all my leagues, but too many of you are shying away from Anthony Morrow; he's owned in just 16.7 percent of ESPN leagues. Don Nelson loves this kid, and he is getting minutes. We all know Nellie can be fickle, but he seems to be riding the hot hand. You should do the same. … Luol Deng is likely to miss Friday's game, so that opens minutes up for Andres Nocioni. He's not the most consistent player -- even with good minutes -- but against the Warriors, he should get his and then some. … Aaron Brooks is fast, but your leaguemates are slow. Brooks has averaged 12.4 points, 1.2 3-pointers and 87.5 percent shooting from the line in his past five games, but he remains owned in just 4.4 percent of ESPN leagues. The Wizards are one of the league's weakest defensive teams, and Brooks could see more minutes because Tracy McGrady is struggling with a sore left knee.

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

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