Matchups for Wednesday, March 11
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.
Renaldo Balkman, SF/PF, Nuggets (groin)
Caron Butler, SF, Wizards (hamstring)
Daequan Cook, PG/SG, Heat (root canal)
Devin Harris, PG, Nets (shoulder)
Eddie House, PG/SG, Celtics (ankle)
Yao Ming, C, Rockets (flu)
Peja Stojakovic, SF, Hornets (back)
Rasheed Wallace, PF/C, Pistons (calf)
Start 'em, sit 'em
Eric Gordon should be able to put together a good game at home for the Clippers against the Wizards, who don't really play defense anyway, and might be without Caron Butler. Gordon put up 35 against the Pacers but has had three so-so games since; he might break out again this time. I really like the matchup against the Suns for Thaddeus Young and the rest of the 76ers. Playing at a fast pace can be like the rising tide that lifts all boats, and Philly certainly has the horses to run with the Suns. Young, especially, is the sort of efficient scorer who can fill it from anywhere and should thrive against a team like the Suns; make sure he's in your lineup. With Devin Harris ailing and Keyon Dooling starting Monday night, Vince Carter took things into his own hands for the Nets against the Nuggets. Of course, Carter and the Nets still lost by a bundle, but Vince had 32 points and made five 3-pointers. And that was coming off a 41-point outburst against the Clippers. With Harris still hurting and the Nets going up against the Knicks, Carter's a good bet to blow up again. I'm very interested to see Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook have at it when the Bulls face off against the Thunder on Wednesday. Personally, I think Westbrook has been the better player this season, but Rose is getting more of the rookie of the year pub, as well as the fantasy love. They are both good plays just about every night at this point, so make sure you start them both for this one.
Leon Powe got himself into foul trouble and was ineffective for the Celtics in their recent loss to the Bucks, but that's not to say he can't be effective against the Heat. With Kevin Garnett out of the lineup, Powe is the Celtics' only legitimate low-post option (not that Garnett does his damage from the post anyway), and Powe put up 23 points and 13 rebounds when he faced the Heat a week ago. The Bobcats aren't a great team for a player to face for fantasy purposes, but they have given up a lot of production to centers this season, and Spencer Hawes will get a shot at them Wednesday. He has been extremely productive lately in points, rebounds and field goal percentage, and is even tossing in the occasional assist, but it will be interesting to see if he can block shots the way he did at the start of the season. He's back to coming off the bench again for the Nuggets, but J.R. Smith has been an effective scorer of late, and the Nuggets really seem to be doling out the minutes pretty equitably these days. I think you can expect somewhere around 20 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists against the Grizzlies, but that's just my gut talking.
Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.