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Daily Notes for Monday: Cavs-Lakers super matchup

1/18/2009

Matchups for Monday, Jan. 19

All times Eastern
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.

Injury report

Out
Tony Allen, SG, Celtics (ankle)
Carmelo Anthony, SF, Nuggets (hand)
Ron Artest, SF, Rockets (ankle)
D.J. Augustin, PG, Bobcats (abdominal strain)
Marco Belinelli, SG, Warriors (ankle)
Steve Blake, PG, Trail Blazers (shoulder)
Andrew Bogut, C, Bucks (back)
Marquis Daniels, SG/SF, Pacers (groin)
Baron Davis, PG, Clippers (tailbone)
Monta Ellis, PG/SG, Warriors (ankle)
Luther Head, PG/SG, Rockets (foot)
Al Horford, PF/C, Hawks (knee)
Zydrunas Ilgauskas, C, Cavaliers (ankle)
Chris Kaman, C, Clippers (foot)
Tracy McGrady, SG/SF, Rockets (knee)
Kendrick Perkins, C, Celtics (shoulder)
Zach Randolph, PF/C, Clippers (knee)
Delonte West, PG/SG, Cavaliers (wrist)
Marvin Williams, SF/PF, Hawks (concussion)
Brandan Wright, PF, Warriors (shoulder)

Day-to-day
Darrell Arthur, PF/C, Grizzlies (hamstring)
Elton Brand, PF/C, 76ers (shoulder)
Jose Calderon, PG, Raptors (hamstring)
Marcus Camby, C, Clippers (ankle)
Josh Howard, SF, Mavericks (wrist)
C.J. Watson, PG, Warriors (toe)

Start 'em, sit 'em

The game between the Cavaliers and the Lakers should be tremendous, and beyond the obvious battle between Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, there are other intriguing fantasy matchups. The one I'm really interested in is the point guards. Both teams have some trouble defending the opposing point guard spot, but I think Mo Williams will get the best of Derek Fisher in this matchup. Williams is just too quick. That said, both should be in your lineup. Fisher is playing many minutes, and although he isn't playing very well, he has racked up an average of 5.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.6 3-pointers in his past five games. … The Bulls played well in their past three games. They won in Toronto and against Cleveland, and just barely lost to San Antonio. A big reason is the return of Kirk Hinrich, who had good games against Toronto and Cleveland before laying a dud offensively against the Spurs. I'd expect him to have a big game against the Knicks, who certainly don't make it a priority to keep people from scoring. … On the flip side, the Bulls do a good job of defending opposing guards, so keep the struggling Nate Robinson out of your lineup for a little while longer. … Jamal Crawford is putting up some gaudy numbers for the Warriors, numbers we all expected when he was traded there. The Wizards shouldn't provide too much resistance Monday, so you probably can expect him to reach his averages from his past five games: 28.0 points, 5.2 assists, 2.0 3s and 88 percent shooting from the line.

Waiver-wire pickups

Although the swap between the Bobcats and Mavericks of Matt Carroll and Ryan Hollins for DeSagana Diop probably won't make waves any time soon, I am at least a little intrigued at the possibility of Carroll's playing in Dallas. Dallas makes an average number of 3-pointers but shoots only 33 percent from behind the arc, which is the fifth-worst percentage in the league. When Carroll played well for the Bobcats during the 2006-07 season to earn his long-term contract, he was a good source of points, 3s and free-throw shooting for fantasy teams. In Jason Terry and Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas has the scorers to spread the floor for Carroll. If you need 3s, this is a situation that bears monitoring, though you should wait until after Monday's game against the 76ers before picking him up. … Nobody owns Rockets guard Von Wafer, but he'll be playing some big minutes in the coming weeks with both Tracy McGrady and Ron Artest out with injuries. He's averaging 16.2 points, 1.8 3s and 1.2 steals in 34.6 minutes in his past five games and should be able to extend those numbers for a few more games. He's worth playing against all but the best defenses and definitely should be in your lineup against the Nuggets. … Because the Wizards should have no reason to play a big lineup against the Warriors, Nick Young should continue to play some major minutes off the bench. (He's averaging almost 31 minutes in his past five games.) Add to that the fact that Young is on fire in that stretch, and that the Warriors don't play a lick of defense, and he looks like a particularly great pickup if you need some scoring.

Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.