Nellie's lineup tinkering tough to predict
|Time||Visitors||Opp. PPG||Opp. FGP||RPG Diff.||Home||Opp. PPG||Opp. FGP||RPG Diff.|
|8:00 p.m.||Detroit Pistons||94.5||.451||+0.4|| |
|8:00 p.m.||Los Angeles Lakers||100.4||.449||+3.2|| |
|Oklahoma City Thunder||103.0||.475||+2.3|
|8:30 p.m.||Golden State Warriors||112.3||.467||-5.2|| |
|San Antonio Spurs||92.9||.450||+0.5|
|10:30 p.m.||Houston Rockets||94.6||.445||+2.6|| |
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.
Andris Biedrins, C, Warriors (ankle)
Andrew Bynum, C, Lakers (knee)
Luol Deng, SF, Bulls (leg)
Manu Ginobili, SG, Spurs (ankle)
Carl Landry, PF, Rockets (leg)
Allen Iverson, PG/SG, Pistons (back)
Desmond Mason, SF, Thunder (knee)
Tracy McGrady, SG/SF, Rockets (knee)
Don't look now, but Trevor Ariza has joined the starting lineup for the Lakers and has caught fire with 16.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 2.0 3-pointers per game over his past five games. He makes for a fantastic end-of-the-season acquisition, as the Lakers will rely on him more once they lock up home-court advantage in the West. Thabo Sefolosha has lost his scoring prowess since the return of Kevin Durant and Jeff Green, but he's still getting after it on the defensive end with 2.4 steals and 1.4 blocks over his past five games. The Warriors are always a fun team to look at for free-agent pickups, though we never really know how long they'll last as valid options with Nellie's propensity to switch things up. Recently Brandan Wright and Kelenna Azubuike have been Nellie's flavors of the week. Buike is putting up 17.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.6 3-pointers over his past five games, while Wright has shown some serious upside, with two straight double-digit-scoring games, including a 25-point effort Friday. Kyle Lowry has begun to eat into Aaron Brooks' minutes in Houston, but Brooks is still a valuable commodity for those needing 3-point shooting. Brooks has drained seven 3-pointers over his past five games and is averaging 12.8 points and 0.8 steals during that time. Give him a look in deeper formats.
Brian McKitish is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.