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Matchups for Tuesday, Feb. 10
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.
Mike Bibby, PG, Hawks (foot)
Chris Bosh, PF/C, Raptors (knee)
Vince Carter, SG, Nets (elbow)
Mike Dunleavy, SG/SF, Pacers (knee)
Manu Ginobili, SG, Spurs (hip)
Drew Gooden, PF/C, Bulls (abdominal strain)
Al Jefferson, PF/C, Timberwolves (knee)
Start 'em, sit 'em
Knicks at Warriors: It's a fantasy paradise, where players accumulate stats without any resistance at all! All joking aside, a game like this must have David Lee owners so excited they can hardly contain themselves. With Andris Biedrins out of the lineup, Lee is going to have what amounts to free reign over the rebounding situation for pretty much the entire game. I'd be surprised if he didn't put up 20 and 20, as last time the teams met, he had 37 points and 21 rebounds. By the way, you really need everyone from that game in your lineup. A friend of mine attended her first pro game at MSG when the Knicks and Warriors met in November, and she said that the game was played in such a way that you couldn't even imagine how someone would possibly stop someone else from scoring. Needless to say, it should be a high-scoring affair. Lamar Odom, as I'm sure you are aware by now, is playing pretty well for the Lakers in the wake of the injury to Andrew Bynum. He was a monster against the Cavaliers on Sunday, going for 28 points and 17 rebounds, and those rebounds, in particular, are what the Lakers really need from Odom going forward. They face a good rebounding team in the Thunder on Tuesday, but Odom should be able to take advantage of the Thunder's weak interior defense. The Bulls defend the 3-point line better than almost any team in the league, and the Pistons take fewer 3-pointers than any team in the league. However, most of the Pistons' 3s come from Rasheed Wallace, and his size makes defending that shot well nigh impossible. Rasheed is playing very well of late, and is extremely hot from long range; he should definitely be in your lineup.
Jose Juan Barea should slide back into fantasy prominence, at least briefly, while Jason Terry is out with a broken hand. For the Mavericks and for Terry owners, this is extremely bad. If you own Terry, hopefully you already jumped on the waiver wire to get Barea, but judging by the fact that he is available in 99 percent of ESPN.com leagues, I'm guessing you didn't. Now's the time. He played 37 minutes in the Mavs' overtime win against the Bulls on Saturday and finished with 20 points, six assists and three steals. He should be able to get those numbers again against the Kings horrendous-and-getting-worse defense on Tuesday. Something else to think about for the Knicks-Warriors tilt in Oakland: Ronny Turiaf will be starting at center for the Warriors. Ronny's a great shot-blocker, and the Knicks get more shots blocked than almost any team in the league. He's available in almost all leagues, and is going to provide some major fantasy help, especially in that blocks category, over the next couple of weeks until Biedrins returns. Amazingly, Mario Chalmers, playing so well of late, is unowned in 70 percent of leagues as I write this. In his past five games, he's averaging 15.6 points, 6.6 assists, 2.6 steals, and 2.4 3-pointers. He has a tough matchup against Chauncey Billups on Tuesday, but he's going to be on the floor a lot, so he's a good bet to continue producing.
Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.
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