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Daily Notes for Saturday: Garcia beneficiary of Salmons trade

Updated: February 20, 2009, 2:47 PM ET
By Adam Madison | Special to ESPN.com

Matchups for Saturday, Feb. 21

Time Visitors Opp. PPG Opp. FGP RPG Diff. Home Opp. PPG Opp. FGP RPG Diff.
3:30 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers 95.6 .452 +2.9
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Miami Heat 96.4 .449 -3.1
8:00 p.m. San Antonio Spurs 94.5 .457 -0.1
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Washington Wizards 102.5 .489 -1.8
9:00 p.m. Sacramento Kings 108.8 .482 -5.2
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Dallas Mavericks 99.7 .451 +0.9
9:00 p.m. New Orleans Hornets 93.1 .454 -1.1
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Utah Jazz 99.7 .459 +1.2
10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder 103.3 .472 +2.1
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Golden State Warriors 111.4 .466 -5.1
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.

Injury report

Out
Manu Ginobili, SG, Spurs (ankle)
Jason Terry, PG, Mavericks (hand)

Day-to-day
Kelenna Azubuike, SG/SF, Warriors (knee)
Andris Biedrins, C, Warriors (ankle)
Carlos Boozer, PF, Jazz (knee)
Caron Butler, SF/SG, Wizards (hip)
Andre Miller, PG, 76ers (calf)
Jermaine O'Neal, PF/C, Heat (eye/nose)
Brandan Wright, PF, Warriors (shoulder)

Start 'em, sit 'em

Saturday's game against the Mavericks should be Part 2 of Francisco Garcia's coming-out party; hey, someone has to replace John Salmons' 14.0 field goal attempts per game, right? In the Kings' first game without their second-leading scorer, Garcia started, attempted 15 shots, and scored 15 points. While the efficiency could use some work, you're not depending on Garcia for points; it's the two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer that should catch your eye. A simple lack of options will guarantee Garcia enough shots to average in the mid-teens when it comes to points, giving him a great opportunity to be a top-50 player from here on out, so implant him in your lineup and all your worries will dissipate. … Friday is scheduled to be Carlos Boozer's first practice since he underwent knee surgery, and since it seems quite unlikely he'll suit up (or play significant minutes even if he does) to play the following day, Paul Millsap has at least another game before he risks returning to irrelevancy.

Waiver-wire pickups

If you just picked up Roger Mason amidst news of Ginobili's ankle keeping him out three weeks, your investment should provide immediate dividends as the Spurs face the Wizards. Mason, who is shooting 43.9 percent from beyond the arc, gets the perfect matchup, as the Wiz allow the most 3-point attempts in the NBA (21.6) and the second-highest 3-point percentage (39 percent). Mason hasn't shot higher than 41.7 percent in any game this month, but has still contributed two or more 3-pointers in four of his seven contests. … Matt Bonner is quietly having his best month of the season, averaging 2.3 3-pointers in 30 minutes per game, and Ginobili's injury could go a long way in solidifying the redhead's value. Bonner's shooting nearly 50 percent from long range for the season, and should take advantage of his favorable matchup, as well. … The last time Antoine Wright faced the Kings -- just about a week ago, in fact -- he blew up for 23 points in 24 minutes. In the two games since, Wright has logged 30 and 40 minutes, so it seems like he's the guy who takes Jason Terry's minutes, and he should give the Kings a thank you for making him look so good. Suffice to say, another productive performance should be in the cards against the league's worst defense. … You can probably get one more game out of Ronny Turiaf this weekend before Andris Biedrins returns. Biedrins commented that "we'll see how it feels before the Clippers game on Monday," implying he'll miss Saturday's contest. Turiaf is averaging 12.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocks on 69 percent shooting in Biedrins' stead, so even one game of Turiaf isn't something to sneeze at.

Adam Madison is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.

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