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Matchups for Tuesday Dec. 2
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 a team's rebounds per game and its opponents' rebounds per game.
Gilbert Arenas, PG, Wizards (knee)
Josh Boone, C, Nets (ankle)
Eddy Curry, C, Knicks (knee)
Ricky Davis, SG/SF, Clippers (knee)
Mike Dunleavy, SG/SF, Pacers (knee)
Brendan Haywood, C, Wizards (wrist)
Kirk Hinrich, PG/SG, Bulls (thumb)
Jared Jeffries, SF, Knicks (shin)
Chris Kaman, C, Clippers (foot)
Martell Webster, SF, Blazers (foot)
Carlos Boozer, PF, Jazz (quad)
Eric Gordon, SG, Clippers (groin)
Josh Howard, SF, Mavericks (ankle)
Andrei Kirilenko, SF, Jazz (ankle)
Kevin Martin, SG, Kings (ankle)
Cuttino Mobley, SG, Knicks (heart)
Jermaine O'Neal, PF/C, Raptors (ankle)
Nate Robinson, PG/SG, Knicks (groin)
John Salmons, SG/SF, Kings (groin)
Start 'em, sit 'em
Aside from some steals (1.4) and blocks (0.9), Lamar Odom has been a major fantasy disappointment this season. Averaging just 11.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 0.6 blocks over his past five contests, Odom can be benched in most fantasy formats Tuesday. He'll have a hard time regaining his fantasy prowess unless he starts seeing more than 25.4 minutes per game, and with Trevor Ariza eating into his minutes, it's not a bad idea to trade him in if there are better options available on the wire. Go ahead and get Brook Lopez in your lineups Tuesday despite his poor 2-point, 8-rebound, 4-block effort Saturday. Lopez is a shot-blocking machine right now, and he'll likely have a nice offensive game against a dismal Wizards defense. After a 37-point, 21-rebound effort Saturday, David Lee is now averaging 20.2 points, 14.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals over his past five games. He has recorded double-digit rebounds in six of his past seven contests and seems to have turned the corner this season. Ride him while he's hot. We expected Zach Randolph's value to take a serious hit in Los Angeles, and it will. But he'll have a ton of value as long as Chris Kaman is sidelined. On Saturday night, Z-Bo went off for 27 points and 13 rebounds. Keep him in the lineup at least until Kaman returns. It's tough to bench a player like Manu Ginobili, but he simply can't be used in starting lineups when he's seeing just 18.0 minutes per game. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is going to continue to work Manu back into game shape before having him log heavy minutes, so feel free to reserve Ginobili for another week or so. Like Manu, the Kings are going to take it slow with Francisco Garcia in the early going. Garcia can be reserved for now, but he might be forced into action if John Salmons misses any time with his groin injury. With just 4.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game over his past five, most owners are probably benching Greg Oden at the moment. Consider starting him against the undersized Knicks. If we can't start him against them, who can we start him against?
Veteran fantasy owners already know by now that whenever Carlos Boozer goes down, Paul Millsap is an immediate short-term pickup. Millsap excels when he sees ample minutes, and he's doing it again with 16.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, 0.6 steals and a block per game over his past five. Eric Gordon might miss Tuesday's contest because of a groin injury, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't pick him up. With Cuttino Mobley in New York and Ricky Davis on the shelf, Gordon blew up for consecutive 20-plus-point outings last week. He's also been highly productive in steals and 3-pointers, with at least one steal and one 3-pointer in each of his past five games. Grab Gordon now, because the Clippers should let the rookie log heavy minutes even after Davis returns to the lineup. Consider adding C.J. Miles if you need a short-term boost in points, steals and 3-pointers. Miles -- who is averaging 13.6 points, 1.2 steals and a 3-pointer over his past five -- should have a nice night against a weak Kings defense. Since joining the Knicks, Tim Thomas has averaged 14.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.3 3-pointers and a steal per game. Thomas has always been a solid 3-point specialist, and he should have some long-term value in the fast-paced New York offense.
Brian McKitish is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.
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