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Matchups for Friday, Jan. 23
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:
7 p.m.: Mavs-Pistons
All times Eastern
Ron Artest, SF, Rockets (ankle)
D.J. Augustin, PG, Bobcats (abdominal strain)
Andrew Bogut, C, Bucks (back)
Marcus Camby, C, Clippers (ankle)
Zydrunas Ilgauskas, C, Cavaliers (ankle)
Tracy McGrady, SG/SF, Rockets (knee)
Delonte West, PG/SG, Cavaliers (wrist)
Hilton Armstrong, PF/C, Hornets (knee)
Marco Belinelli, SG, Warriors (ankle)
Andris Biedrins, C, Warriors (wrist)
Tyson Chandler, C, Hornets (ankle)
Drew Gooden, PF/C, Bulls (groin)
Devin Harris, PG, Nets (ribs)
Al Horford, PF/C, Hawks (knee)
C.J. Watson, PG, Warriors (toe)
David West, PF, Hornets (back)
Marvin Williams, SF/PF, Hawks (concussion)
Start 'em, sit 'em
Nate Robinson seems to be coming around again for the Knicks. He had 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting to go along with four rebounds, four assists and four steals against the Suns on Wednesday. The Knicks were a team-high plus-24 when Nate Rob was on the floor, which should help get him back into coach D'Antoni's good graces. Devin Harris was unable to finish Wednesday's game against the Hornets and is struggling with some injury problems at the moment. Going up against the Spurs isn't usually great for anyone anyway, so you may want to stash him on your bench, as he might not even be in the lineup. For now, if you own Richard Hamilton, you probably need to keep him in your lineup against the Mavericks on Friday, as he's still a productive player, and playing 21 minutes in Detroit's blowout win against the Raptors on Wednesday doesn't entirely sink his ship just yet. If he plays fewer than 25 minutes again Friday, you can push the panic button and start benching him. Mike Conley has worked his way back into the starting lineup for the Grizzlies, and even though they haven't been successful at all with him in that role, they haven't been successful with him out of that role either. The important thing is that the Grizzlies face the Knicks on Friday, so no matter who is starting, it's a good bet they'll put up some decent numbers. I'd have Conley in my lineup and hope it's the start of something good for him.
Raja Bell is playing a ton of minutes of late for the Bobcats, and until that changes, he needs to be in your lineup every night. Sure, the Bobcats play at a slow pace, but it's pretty much impossible to play 40 minutes a night and not be fantasy-relevant. Against the Suns, Bell should be out to exact a bit of revenge against his old team. Don't expect to see a lot of defense in the Clippers' matchup against the Thunder in L.A. After what Andrew Bynum did to the Clippers on Wednesday night (42 and 15), it's probably a good idea to have both Nenad Krstic and Nick Collison in your lineup, and both are widely available on the waiver wire. Amazingly, people are still not picking up the Cavs' Anderson Varejao. He had a few bad games last week, but as far as waiver-wire options go, he's the rare guy who is guaranteed to receive big minutes over the next couple of weeks, and he should be a good bet to put up a double-double with a couple of blocks most nights. Pick him up now, because he's going to have a huge game against the Warriors on Friday. Charlie Villanueva is still unowned in a bunch of leagues as well, which is amazing when you consider he's put up 55 points and 20 rebounds over his past two games. Against the Hawks' beat-up front line, Charlie V should be good for at least one more big game before he returns to mediocrity.
Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.
Seth Landman previews Friday's NBA games from a fantasy perspective.