Daily Notes for Monday: Odom gets chance to redeem himself
|Time||Visitors||Opp. PPG||Opp. FGP||RPG Diff.||Home||Opp. PPG||Opp. FGP||RPG Diff.|
|7:00 p.m.||Memphis Grizzlies||99.7||.480||-2.3|| |
|7:00 p.m.||Dallas Mavericks||99.2||.449||+1.6|| |
|7:30 p.m.||Los Angeles Clippers||100.9||.456||-3.0|| |
|7:30 p.m.||Los Angeles Lakers||99.6||.447||+3.0|| |
|New York Knicks||105.9||.476||-4.0|
|8:00 p.m.||Portland Trail Blazers||94.4||.464||+4.7|| |
|New Orleans Hornets||96.1||.443||-0.5|
|9:00 p.m.||Sacramento Kings||108.2||.481||-4.4|| |
|9:00 p.m.||Charlotte Bobcats||94.0||.453||-1.0|| |
|10:30 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs||94.1||.456||-0.1|| |
|Golden State Warriors||111.2||.464||-5.0|
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.
D.J. Augustin, PG, Bobcats (abdominal)
Andray Blatche, PF/C, Wizards (knee)
Carlos Boozer, PF, Jazz (knee)
Mardy Collins, PG/SG, Clippers (calf)
Eddy Curry, C, Knicks (personal)
Chris Kaman, C, Clippers (ankle)
Andrei Kirilenko, SF/PF, Jazz (ankle)
Darko Milicic, PF/C, Grizzlies (finger)
Brandan Wright, PF, Warriors (shoulder)
First the bad news: Andrew Bynum's latest knee injury appears to be severe enough to keep him out for quite some time (in a telling move, coach Phil Jackson just gave Bynum a copy of James Joyce's "Ulysses," an ultra-thick book, to read). The good news: Lamar Odom is a good bet to return to the starting lineup, thereby giving his owners a glimmer of hope they might see more of a return on their draft investment. Michael Beasley is discovering the key to logging more minutes: upping his rebounds. Averaging 5.4 rebounds on the year, Beasley is coming off back-to-back double-doubles. Derek Fisher appears to be back in the swing of things following a mild groin strain. He has reached double figures in three straight contests. I'm not historically the biggest Nate Robinson enthusiast -- he's a little too streaky and assist-deficient for my taste -- but it's hard to argue with playing anyone who is this hot within Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni's system. David West is back, but his shot has yet to arrive. He has posted an ugly 35.1 field goal percentage since his return. Speaking of returns, it now sounds as if Zach Randolph will not be back in time for Monday's game. That's at least good short-term news for Al Thornton lovers. If you get any nibbles on Marc Gasol, I'd consider fielding them. He's not custom-built for Memphis' new offense (10 total rebounds over his past three games), and I'm starting to think his value might have hit a plateau. I also add that Darko Milicic is about to come back. Phoenix is playing a pretty desperate ("let's save coach's job!") brand of basketball of late, and Grant Hill is leading the charge. He has 39 points and 15 rebounds over his past two games. Charlotte's Gerald Wallace is officially listed as day-to-day, but according to coach Larry Brown, don't expect him back "anytime soon."
John Cregan is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.
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