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Daily Notes for Thursday: Marreese Speights a nice spot-start

Updated: April 1, 2009, 12:19 PM ET
By Neil Tardy | Special to ESPN.com

Matchups for Thursday, April 2

Time Visitors Opp. PPG Opp. FGP RPG Diff. Home Opp. PPG Opp. FGP RPG Diff.
7 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks 100.1 .458 +0.3
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Philadelphia 76ers 96.9 .460 +1.9
8 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers 90.9 .429 +3.2
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Washington Wizards 103.3 .483 -1.8
10:30 p.m. Utah Jazz 99.7 .456 +0.8
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Denver Nuggets 100.6 .440 +0.6

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.

Injury report

Out
Mike James, PG, Wizards (finger)
Ben Wallace, C, Cavaliers (leg)

Day-to-day
Keith Bogans, SG, Bucks (ankle)
Juan Dixon, SG, Wizards (heel)
Steven Hunter, PF/C, Nuggets (knee)
Darius Songaila, PF, Wizards (neck)
Thaddeus Young, SF, 76ers (ankle)

Start 'em, sit 'em

Next to pistachios, the thing fantasy owners desperately want to avoid right now is injuries. No such luck, though, for Thaddeus Young owners. Just when you could count on the lad to deliver 20 points, six rebounds and a steal or two every night, Young departed early Tuesday with an ankle injury. He tried to block a Josh Smith shot and landed on J-Smoov's foot. X-rays were negative, and Young was scheduled to have an MRI on his right ankle on Wednesday. It's hard to imagine him being able to go against the Bucks. … Someone who's feeling much better is Kenyon Martin. In fact, he says he's completely over his back problem. Martin is actually available in more than 25 percent of ESPN.com leagues, so take a moment to check your league's free-agent rolls.

Waiver-wire pickups

Only once in his past nine games has Delonte West made more than one 3-pointer. But that has to change Thursday when the Cavs visit D.C. No team allows more triples than the Wizards. For that matter, no team allows more assists than the Wizards, and West is averaging 5.0 dimes in his past five. That should be reason enough to add Delonte, who's available in more than 70 percent of leagues. … On the other hand, J.R. Smith has made at least two 3s in 11 straight games. While Utah isn't a great matchup for him, Smith, who averaged around 18 points and 2.5 treys in March, might be your best free-agent option; he's available in more than 45 percent of leagues. … With Young out, the Sixers' Marreese Speights scored 16 points in 25 minutes Tuesday. The 6-foot-10 forward should do well against the undersized Bucks. … Other Thursday fill-in candidates include Anderson Varejao (12.6 points, 8.6 rebounds in his past five), owned in just 9 percent of leagues, and Kyle Korver (2.2 3s in his past five), owned in 5 percent of leagues.

Neil Tardy is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.

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Neil Tardy is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com

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