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Daily Notes for the Weekend: Beasley should bounce back

Updated: March 13, 2009, 2:56 PM ET
By Adam Madison | Special to ESPN.com

Daily Notes for Saturday and Sunday will now be combined into one easy-to-use, convenient package. Check out the weekend's Daily Notes every Friday.

Saturday, March 14 Matchups
TimeVisitorsOpp. PPGOpp. FGPRPG Diff.HomeOpp. PPGOpp. FGPRPG Diff.
1:00 p.m.Utah Jazz99.1.459+1.4
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Miami Heat98.2.454-2.8
8:00 p.m.Charlotte Bobcats94.6.453-0.2
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Minnesota Timberwolves103.5.476+1.6
8:30 p.m.New Orleans Hornets93.6.445+0.1
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Chicago Bulls102.5.452-0.3
8:30 p.m.San Antonio Spurs93.5.451+0.6
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Houston Rockets95.0.448+2.8
9:00 p.m.Los Angeles Clippers103.5.467-4.0
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Denver Nuggets100.3.439+0.3
10:00 p.m.Oklahoma City Thunder103.4.474+2.7
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Phoenix Suns106.2.461+0.5
Sunday, March 15 Matchups
TimeVisitorsOpp. PPGOpp. FGPRPG Diff.HomeOpp. PPGOpp. FGPRPG Diff.
12:30 p.m.Indiana Pacers106.5.458-0.5
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Toronto Raptors101.5.463-3.0
1:00 p.m.Portland Trail Blazers95.1.464+4.8
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Atlanta Hawks96.8.453-2.3
1:00 p.m.Memphis Grizzlies99.7.472-1.3
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Detroit Pistons94.3.448+0.2
1:00 p.m.Boston Celtics92.8.429+5.5
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Milwaukee Bucks100.4.458+0.9
1:00 p.m.Miami Heat98.2.454-2.8
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Philadelphia 76ers96.2.457+2.6
3:30 p.m.Dallas Mavericks99.6.453+1.4
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Los Angeles Lakers100.4.448+2.9
6:00 p.m.New York Knicks108.2.478-4.2
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Cleveland Cavaliers90.7.428+3.0
6:00 p.m.Utah Jazz99.1.459+1.4
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Orlando Magic94.9.434+1.3
6:00 p.m.Sacramento Kings108.2.479-5.3
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Washington Wizards102.3.479-1.7
9:00 p.m.Phoenix Suns106.2.461+0.5
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Golden State Warriors111.5.467-5.2
9:30 p.m.New Jersey Nets101.0.462-1.5
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Los Angeles Clippers103.5.467-4.0
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 team's rebounds per game and its opponents' rebounds per game.

Injury report

Out
Luol Deng, SF, Bulls (leg)
Manu Ginobili, SG, Spurs (ankle)
Zach Randolph, PF/C, Clippers (personal)
Kevin Garnett, PF, Celtics (knee)
Allen Iverson, PG/SG, Pistons (back)
Ben Wallace, C, Cavaliers (leg)
Marvin Williams, SF, Hawks (back)

Day-to-day
Kevin Durant, SG/SF, Thunder (ankle)
Randy Foye, PG/SG, Timberwolves (ankle)
Kenyon Martin, PF, Nuggets (back)
Peja Stojakovic, SF, Hornets (back)
Tim Thomas, SF/PF, Bulls (knee)
Marco Belinelli, SG, Warriors (toe)
Glen Davis, PF, Celtics (ankle)
Chris Duhon, PG, Knicks (back)
Rudy Fernandez, SG, Trail Blazers (chest, hip)
Danny Granger, SG/SF, Pacers (foot)
Spencer Hawes, PF/C, Kings (knee)
Josh Howard, SF, Mavericks (ankle)
Kevin Martin, SG, Kings (ankle)
Greg Oden, C, Trail Blazers (knee)
Rajon Rondo, PG, Celtics (ankle)
Hedo Turkoglu, SF, Magic (Achilles)
Beno Udrih, PG, Kings (ankle)
Rasheed Wallace, PF/C, Pistons (calf)
Brandan Wright, PF, Warriors (shoulder)

Saturday's start 'em, sit 'em

Before running into the defensive juggernaut that is the Celtics, Michael Beasley had been on a bit of a scoring tear, cracking double digits in four consecutive games and averaging 18.7 points in that span. The Jazz are a weak road team, especially when it comes to fouls allowed, where they lead the league in opponent free throw attempts, so Beasley is a sneaky bet for a strong game. … Quietly, Raja Bell has been shooting lights out in recent weeks, with a robust 54.1 percent from beyond the arc in 12 games since the All-Star break. The Timberwolves don't defend the 3-pointer well at all, allowing opponents to convert 38 percent of their attempts. In fact, they don't really defend much of anything very well, as their 27th-place ranking in defensive efficiency attests. Bell has scored at least 16 points in four of his past five games, and will probably reach the mid-teens again on Saturday. … While Shane Battier was a fine play while he was shooting better than 42 percent from long range in February, averaging 1.8 3-pointers per game, he's been the complete opposite so far in March, shooting 25.6 percent from the field and 10.3 percent on 3-pointers. Showdowns between the Rockets and Spurs are known for their defensive intensity, so even with the schedule light, don't be tempted to leave Battier active.

Sunday's start 'em, sit 'em

If Danny Granger doesn't play Friday, he is expected to return Sunday; the team upgraded his status from out to day-to-day on Thursday. The Pacers are just two games out of the final playoff spot, so expect Granger to push to return and to resume his mantle as one of fantasy's best players. … The return of Granger pushes Marquis Daniels to the bench, though, and while coach Jim O'Brien said he doesn't think Daniels' minutes will be "dramatically changed," color me skeptical. Daniels has averaged better than 38 minutes per game in Granger's stead, and it's not as if he's been particularly productive recently, shooting just 39 percent his past six games. … Greg Oden is joining the Blazers for the five-game road trip that begins Sunday, though it would still be a surprise to see him suit up immediately. Keep your eyes peeled for any news concerning his status, but it seems Joel Przybilla owners can breathe easy and get at least one more productive game out of the big man. … Since being inserted into the starting lineup two games ago, Andres Nocioni has averaged 40.4 minutes, totaling 39 points, 34 shot attempts and four 3-pointers. With that much playing time, he becomes a great source of points and 3-pointers, and gets a fantastic matchup against the Wizards, who are 29th in defensive efficiency.

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

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