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Daily Notes for Tuesday: Granger could return to lineup

Updated: March 9, 2009, 10:36 AM ET
By Brian McKitish | Special to ESPN.com

Matchups for Tuesday, March 10

Time Visitors Opp. PPG Opp. FGP RPG Diff. Home Opp. PPG Opp. FGP RPG Diff.
7:00 p.m. Utah Jazz 99.0 .458 +1.5
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Indiana Pacers 106.4 .458 -0.5
8:00 p.m. New York Knicks 108.2 .479 +2.8
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Milwaukee Bucks 100.2 .458 +0.9
8:30 p.m. Charlotte Bobcats 94.5 .453 0.0
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San Antonio Spurs 93.4 .452 +0.3
10:00 p.m. Dallas Mavericks 99.5 .452 +1.2
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Phoenix Suns 105.8 .460 +0.8
10:00 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder 103.8 .475 +2.6
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Sacramento Kings 108.4 .481 -5.2
10:30 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers 90.5 .429 +3.0
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Los Angeles Clippers 103.7 .468 -4.0

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 a team's rebounds per game and its opponents' rebounds per game.

Injury report

Out
Manu Ginobili, SG, Spurs (ankle)
Ben Wallace, PF/C, Cavaliers (leg)

Day-to-day
Carlos Boozer, PF, Jazz (ankle)
Marcus Camby, C, Clippers (migraine)
Baron Davis, PG, Clippers (hamstring)
Ricky Davis, SG/SF, Clippers (knee)
Kevin Durant, SG/SF, Thunder (ankle)
Drew Gooden, PF/C, Spurs (groin)
Danny Granger, SF, Pacers (foot)
Jeff Green, SF/PF, Thunder (back)
Josh Howard, SF, Mavericks (foot)
Chris Kaman, C, Clippers (foot)
Thabo Sefolosha, SG/SF, Thunder (knee)
Beno Udrih, PG, Kings (ankle)

Start 'em, sit 'em

Danny Granger is aiming to return to the court against the Jazz on Tuesday, and while we're not sure how many minutes he'll get in his first game back, he still makes for a nice high-risk/high-reward play. Don't be surprised, however, if it takes him a few games to get back into the flow of things. … Be sure to monitor Marquis Daniels now that Granger is set to return. Daniels has averaged 16.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals in his past five games with both Granger and Mike Dunleavy on the shelf, but he could see a slight decrease in production once Granger returns. … Despite scoring only four points in 27 minutes Sunday, Ronnie Brewer has averaged 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 steals in his past five games for the Jazz. His emergence as a scoring threat has been instrumental in Utah's 11-game winning streak, and he should be in starting lineups until he cools off. … Paul Millsap has lost most of his value since Carlos Boozer returned, but he did manage an 18-point, 11-rebound, 1-steal, 1-block effort when Boozer missed Sunday's game with a sore ankle. Make sure you get Millsap in the lineup if it looks like Boozer will be out again Tuesday. … Richard Jefferson has really stepped up his game of late as the Bucks look to make a push for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Jefferson is really only a scorer these days, but he is averaging 26.6 points, 1.2 steals and 1.4 3-pointers per game in his past five. … It took Jason Terry a few games to get back into the flow of things, but he broke out with a 33-point effort Saturday. Be sure to get Terry back in your lineups now that his mini-slump appears to be over. … Shaquille O'Neal has been brilliant with Amar'e Stoudemire out, averaging 21.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks in his past five games. He still is killing folks from the free throw line, but it's much easier to stomach when he's dominating the paint the way he's been lately.

Waiver-wire pickups

It took Larry Hughes a few games to get acclimated in New York, but he has caught fire under Mike D'Antoni and now is averaging 18.2 points, 4.0 assists, 2.4 steals and 2.4 3-pointers in his past five games. D'Antoni's offense can make anyone a fantasy star, so feel free to grab Hughes and ride the hot streak. … Since joining the starting lineup in Phoenix, Matt Barnes has averaged 16.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.3 3-pointers per game. Most of his value will come in points and 3-pointers, but it looks like he could stick in the starting lineup for good. … With the Kings in full rebuilding mode, Rashad McCants suddenly has emerged as a solid option for those needing points and 3-pointers. He's not as safe an option as someone like Barnes, but he does offer plenty of upside and should receive quality minutes the rest of the way. … Thabo Sefolosha missed Saturday's game with a knee injury but was healthy enough to return to action Sunday against the Sixers. Sefolosha has looked good since joining the Thunder, averaging 13.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.8 blocks in his past five games. He'll continue to put up numbers at least until Kevin Durant and Jeff Green return, and even after the Thunder are at full strength, Sefolosha still have value, as he's played well enough to stick in the starting lineup at shooting guard. … Chris Kaman is hoping to make his return to the court at some point this week. I'm not holding my breath for anything special this late in the season, but it is possible he'll have some fleeting value in the next month and a half.

Brian McKitish is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.

Brian McKitish is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com and is a two-time Fantasy Basketball Writer of the Year, as named by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

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