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Daily Notes for Friday: Peja back and bombing away

Updated: April 9, 2009, 1:31 PM ET
By Josh Whitling | Special to ESPN.com

Matchups for Friday, April 10

Time Visitors Opp. PPG Opp. FGP RPG Diff. Home Opp. PPG Opp. FGP RPG Diff.
7:00 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers 91.1 .429 +3.1
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Philadelphia 76ers 96.7 .458 +1.9
7:30 p.m. Indiana Pacers 105.9 .456 -0.5
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Atlanta Hawks 96.5 .453 -1.8
7:30 p.m. Miami Heat 98.1 .455 -2.7
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Boston Celtics 92.9 .486 +4.8
8:00 p.m. Washington Wizards 103.5 .483 -1.7
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Toronto Raptors 102.0 .465 -1.6
8:00 p.m. Charlotte Bobcats 94.8 .454 +1.1
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Oklahoma City Thunder 103.3 .476 +1.3
8:00 p.m. Phoenix Suns 107.6 .466 +1.0
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Memphis Grizzlies 99.4 .473 -1.2
8:00 p.m. New York Knicks 108.2 .481 -4.0
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Orlando Magic 94.3 .432 +1.2
8:00 p.m. New Jersey Nets 100.8 .462 -1.6
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Detroit Pistons 94.6 .450 +1.0
8:30 p.m. New Orleans Hornets 94.2 .450 +0.2
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Dallas Mavericks 100.1 .454 +1.1
8:30 p.m. Utah Jazz 100.5 .461 +0.5
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San Antonio Spurs 93.4 .454 +0.3
10:00 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers 99.3 .447 +2.6
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Portland Trail Blazers 94.7 .463 +5.3
10:30 p.m. Sacramento Kings 109.6 .483 -5.1
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Los Angeles Clippers 104.1 .474 -4.0
10:30 p.m. Houston Rockets 94.5 .445 +2.8
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Golden State Warriors 112.5 .468 -4.9

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
Marcus Camby, C, Clippers (ankle)
Marquis Daniels, SG/SF, Pacers (wrist)
Kevin Garnett, PF, Celtics (knee)
Manu Ginobili, SG, Spurs (foot)
Luther Head, SG, Heat (hand)
J.J. Hickson, PF, Cavaliers (back)
Allen Iverson, PG/SG, Pistons (back)
Stephen Jackson, SG/SF, Warriors (toe)
Corey Maggette, SF, Warriors (concussion)
Leon Powe, PF, Celtics (knee)
Brian Scalabrine, PF, Celtics (concussion)
Al Thornton, SF, Clippers (shoulder)
Marvin Williams, SF/PF, Hawks (back)

Day-to-day
Gilbert Arenas, PG, Wizards (knee)
Andrea Bargnani, PF/C, Raptors (heel)
Andrew Bynum, C, Lakers (knee)
Tyson Chandler, C, Hornets (ankle)
Daequan Cook, SG, Heat (shoulder)
Monta Ellis, PG/SG, Warriors (ankle)
Kevin Martin, SG, Kings (ankle)
Darko Milicic, PF/C, Grizzlies (hamstring)

Start 'em, sit 'em

Andris Biedrins returned Wednesday and reminded us why we love him so, as he went 4-for-4 from the floor for nine points and six rebounds off the bench. Don Nelson likely won't push his minutes much, so don't expect Biedrins to return to his spectacular numbers from before his injury, but he'll still be serviceable the rest of the way. … Nate Robinson's productivity has dropped off the table in April, as he's averaging just 7.5 points and one 3-pointer on 25 percent shooting from the field this month. As much as I love Robinson, Friday's schedule is packed with games, and you likely will have several difficult start/sit decisions to make. In this instance, when a player is slumping like Robinson is, choosing players who have had more recent success is smarter than basing everything off season averages. Even though Robinson's long-term prospects are fine, his streaky shooting should make you look elsewhere on a night with so many options. Always make sure you are starting the players who best suit your needs, and paying attention to recent play is the best way to evaluate. … Peja Stojakovic is back and bombing away from downtown, with nine 3-pointers in his past two games. He returned to the starting lineup after a brief stint on the bench, is now playing big minutes and will be one of the best sources of 3s from here on out. … With Andrea Bargnani potentially out with a bum heel, look for Chris Bosh and Shawn Marion to post above-average performances against the defensively hapless Wizards, who allow 103.5 points per game on 48.3 percent shooting.

Waiver-wire pickups

Anthony Randolph is providing glimpses of how his talent can translate to box scores. After his 10 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and one steal Wednesday, Randolph is averaging 12.1 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 1.5 steals in his past six contests. Those numbers make him worth adding, and starting, immediately, and his combination of rebounds, blocks and steals will make him a heavily discussed later-round option come draft day next season. … James Singleton is doing the best he can with limited minutes recently, averaging 10.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals, a 3-pointer and a block in his past two contests. He's an option in only the deepest of formats, but the deep-leaguers need love, too, and Singleton is the type of no-name player who can make the difference when you're scraping the bottom of the barrel. … Jose Juan Barea scored 18 points with nine assists and two 3s off the bench Wednesday night, giving him three straight games with double-digit points. He's coming off the bench with Jason Terry and learning from one of the best sixth men in the league how to be deadly in limited minutes. … J.J. Redick has been a shadow of the player he was in college, but his 3-point stroke still exists, as he's averaging 1.1 per game in slightly more than 17 minutes per game. If you prorated his stats out to 35 minutes per game, Redick would be averaging 2.2 3s, and since he's averaging 22 minutes per game in his past three, Redick has surfaced as a 3s-only option. … Ryan Anderson has started the past seven games for the Nets and is flashing the ability to provide decent points and rebounds. But where he has unique value is in the 3-point department, where he's averaging one per game this season in just 19 minutes per game and has the potential to turn into a Troy Murphy-type player. His numbers won't wow, but the fact that he's starting is a good indication for the future, and if you need 3s but don't have an extra guard spot, Anderson will provide a few. … With Marcus Camby's return unclear, Al Thornton's shoulder injury and DeAndre Jordan's inconsistent play, Brian Skinner has become a primary frontcourt option for the Clippers. He is averaging 12.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in his past two contests, is available in 99 percent of ESPN leagues and will be a solid option in the rebounds and blocks departments, given the sad state of the Clippers' frontcourt. Skinner's success especially should continue Friday night against the Kings, who rebound terribly and allow opponents to score at will.

Josh Whitling is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.

Josh Whitling

Fantasy Basketball
Josh Whitling is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.

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