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Daily Notes for Saturday: Marvin moving up

11/28/2008

Matchups for Saturday, Nov. 29

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
Gilbert Arenas, PG, Wizards (knee)
Andrew Bogut, C, Bucks (knee)
Carlos Boozer, PF, Jazz (quadriceps)
Mike Dunleavy, SG/SF, Pacers (knee)
Monta Ellis, PG/SG, Warriors (ankle)
Jared Jeffries, SF, Knicks (leg)
Stephon Marbury, PG, Knicks (suspension)
Jameer Nelson, PG, Magic (hip)
Tony Parker, PG, Spurs (ankle)
Josh Smith, SF/PF, Hawks (ankle)


Day-to-day
Josh Boone, C, Nets (ankle)
Francisco Garcia, SG/SF, Kings (calf)
Josh Howard, SF, Mavericks (ankle)
Chris Kaman, C, Clippers (foot)
Shawn Marion, SF/PF, Heat (personal)
Kevin Martin, SG, Kings (Achilles)
Tracy McGrady, SG/SF, Rockets (knee)
Cuttino Mobley, SG, Knicks (undisclosed)
Michael Redd, SG, Bucks (ankle)
Jason Richardson, SG, Bobcats (knee)
Nate Robinson, PG/SG, Knicks (groin)

Start 'em, sit 'em


Three of Marvin Williams' four highest-scoring games this season have occurred in the past four games, including a 21-point performance versus the Wizards earlier in the month. Saturday he again gets the Wizards, who are 28th in defensive efficiency, so expect Williams to comfortably top his season average of 14.5 points. … Nate Robinson is dealing with a groin injury, and until he's back, that leaves extra shots for Quentin Richardson, Wilson Chandler and Al Harrington; the latter should be extra motivated against his former team. The Knicks and Warriors are Nos. 1 and 2 in possessions per game, so it should be a wild night in the box score. … Randy Foye is averaging 20 points and 9.5 assists his past two games, and it's safe to say he's snatched back his starting job from Sebastian Telfair. Still available in over 20 percent of leagues, he's a mus-start for the foreseeable future. … The hourglass on Roger Mason's value is quickly dwindling with the return of Manu Ginobili. Plus, Mason's greatest skill, 3-point shooting, is mitigated against the Rockets, who are tied for the league best in 3-point percentage against. … Charlie Villanueva is averaging 17.7 points in his past four games coming off the bench, and the surprising thing is he's done it without the help of 3s -- he's 1-for-7 from long-range. Instead, he's been to the line 23 times, converting 22 of them. Considering Villanueva's 3s are down for the year -- and he's just a 31.6 percent career shooter anyways -- this may be a conscious effort to attack the basket more, and eschew the 3s. Regardless, he's playing his best basketball of the season, so if you own him, you may as well play him with confidence in the short-term, especially with the loss of Andrew Bogut.


Waiver-wire pickups


D.J. Augustin has led his team in scoring with 19.4 points and 51.5 percent shooting from the field in the past five games. The Bobcats are only averaging 83.8 points per game in that span, so believe it or not, Augustin is the team's top scoring option, at least until Jason Richardson returns. Until Augustin cools off, he should be in your lineup. … He's been mentioned often the past week in this space, but here's some more Russell Westbrook love: Prior to Nov. 17, Russell Westbrook had just one game with at least 28 minutes; since then he's crossed that threshold in six consecutive games, nabbing 19 steals in the process. Toss in Westbrook's ability to get to the line (4.7 free throws per game) and it seems only a matter of time before he takes over the starting point guard job. The Grizzlies cough up 16 turnovers a game, so expect another couple of steals or more. … Paul Millsap has taken advantage of Carlos Boozer's absence to put together two monster games this week, averaging 22.5 points and 13 rebounds. That kind of production is worth an add, even if it's only for a couple more games. One of those games will be versus the Nets; if Millsap versus Yi Jianlian sounds like a mismatch, it's because it is. … Antoine Wright scored 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting Tuesday versus the Pacers, and if Josh Howard misses Saturday's contests versus the Kings -- which looks more likely than not -- then the Mavs may need his offense again. The Kings are 29th in defensive efficiency, nearly two points behind the 28th-place Wizards, which is bad enough to the point where you can gamble on Wright if you're streaming players.

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