Commentary

Daily Notes for Wednesday: Ron Artest is back

Updated: November 13, 2007, 3:57 PM ET
By Seth Landman | Special to ESPN.com

Matchups for Wednesday, Nov. 14

Time Visitors Opp. PPG Opp. FGP RPG Diff. Home Opp. PPG Opp. FGP RPG Diff.
7:00 p.m. Utah Jazz 102.5 .474 +4.8
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Toronto Raptors 93.6 .453 -2.6
7:00 p.m. Indiana Pacers 103.2 .414 -4.0
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Washington Wizards 101.8 .437 +2.3
7:00 p.m. Charlotte Bobcats 94.7 .459 +0.7
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Atlanta Hawks 96.0 .458 +0.3
7:00 p.m. Orlando Magic 98.3 .441 -1.7
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Cleveland Cavaliers 102.0 .460 +4.6
7:30 p.m. New Jersey Nets 94.3 .422 +0.9
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Boston Celtics 91.0 .407 +7.4
7:30 p.m. Seattle SuperSonics 108.6 .452 -1.1
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Miami Heat 89.0 .422 +0.2
8:00 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies 110.2 .494 +0.2
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Milwaukee Bucks 96.3 .445 +2.2
8:00 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers 90.8 .421 +3.0
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New Orleans Hornets 89.9 .438 +1.5
8:00 p.m. Sacramento Kings 103.4 .477 -7.4
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Minnesota Timberwolves 102.8 .460 -0.4
9:00 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers 102.6 .445 +5.0
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Houston Rockets 89.4 .425 +7.9
9:00 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers 96.3 .430 -3.8
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Denver Nuggets 102.9 .449 -2.0
10:30 p.m. New York Knicks 100.4 .466 +1.0
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Los Angeles Clippers 100.2 .446 +0.8
10:30 p.m. Detroit Pistons 90.3 .424 +3.2
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Golden State Warriors 119.6 .506 -11.8

All times are expressed in Eastern Time.
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:

Ike Diogu, PF, Pacers (calf)
Troy Hudson, PG, Warriors (hip)
Stephen Jackson, SG/SF, Warriors (suspension)
Jared Jeffries, SF, Knicks (knee)
James Jones, SF, Trail Blazers (knee)
Nene, PF/C, Nuggets (thumb)

Day-to-day:
Kwame Brown, PF/C, Lakers (heel)
Vince Carter, SG/SF, Nets (ankle)
Maurice Evans, SG/SF, Lakers (back)
Joey Graham, SG/SF, Raptors (quad)
Matt Harpring, SG/SF, Jazz (knee)
Sasha Pavlovic, SG/SF, Cavaliers (back)
Mickael Pietrus, SG/SF, Warriors (flu)
James Posey, SG/SF, Celtics (back)
J.J. Redick, SG, Magic (back)
Quentin Richardson, SG/SF, Knicks (elbow)
Zach Randolph, PF, Knicks (personal)
Robert Swift, C, SuperSonics (knee)
Dwyane Wade, PG/SG, Heat (shoulder, knee)

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em

Chris Bosh has been a bit up-and-down thus far due to nagging injuries, but Utah is a good matchup for him. He's too strong for Andrei Kirilenko, too tall for Carlos Boozer, and too quick for Mehmet Okur. ... The Jazz have been outrebounding their opponents by four per game, and Toronto is a bad rebounding team. I'd expect double-doubles from Boozer and Okur, and possibly Kirilenko as well. ... Everyone looks good against the Wizards, but Troy Murphy could be a particularly good start. Washington has been giving up 8-plus 3-pointers per game and Indiana won't be shy about allowing Murphy to stretch the defense with the deep ball. As a result, it could be a long night for Brendan Haywood. ... Orlando doesn't have the size to defend both Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Drew Gooden for the Cavs, and I'd expect Gooden to have a big night against Hedo Turkoglu. ... The Magic will have an advantage on offense, where both Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis should have plenty of opportunities against Cleveland on the perimeter. ... Seattle is playing terrible defense so far this season, and Ricky Davis is going to put up huge, huge numbers for Miami, win or lose, against the Sonics. ... I can't think of anyone on Seattle I would start besides Kevin Durant, who is a terrible matchup for Miami's frontcourt. ... Start your Bucks against the Grizzlies, who seem to be allergic to defense right now. If you were considering benching Michael Redd because of his terrible shooting, now is not the time. He's going to blow up against Memphis. I wouldn't be surprised if he scores 50, but I'm not promising anything. ... I predicted Philly's Kyle Korver would get the better of the Hornets' Peja Stojakovic on Sunday, and I was wrong. They were both pretty bad, and I am sorry. I'm going to go out on that same limb for the rematch, though. Korver was 1-for-8 on 3-pointers, and he's going to convert those opportunities on Wednesday night. ... Ron Artest is back for Sacramento, and he's the sort of player I would be starting right away, especially against Minnesota's atrocious defense. ... On the other side, if Al Jefferson doesn't have an enormous game against Brad Miller and Mikki Moore, you can color me surprised. ... I'm curious to see how Andrew Bynum fares for the Lakers against Yao Ming and the Rockets, but I won't be starting the kid on my fantasy team. He should be in foul trouble roughly three minutes after he checks in. ... If I owned LaMarcus Aldridge, I'd be sitting him against Denver's Marcus Camby. ... Chris Kaman has been a monster so far, and I see no reason why that shouldn't continue against the Knicks. Actually, until he flames out you need to start Kaman against everybody. ... Golden State might bait Detroit into playing its tempo, but Detroit will win anyway, and you should start Rasheed Wallace, who never passes up the chance to chuck up a bunch of trey bombs.

Waiver-Wire pickups

Jamario Moon got a start for the Raptors against Chicago on Saturday and responded with 12 points, 6 boards and 3 steals in 23 minutes. He started ahead of Andrea Bargnani and Jason Kapono, both of whom got the same amount of playing time as Moon, and the team responded with a blowout victory over the Bulls. I'm not sure he's starting for good, but you need to keep an eye on him, because as it stands now he could be making Bargnani and Kapono far less valuable in fantasy. ... Indiana forward Shawne Williams could be a decent pickup while Ike Diogu is out. He's a good outside shooter, and he's the type of long, athletic defender that Jim O'Brien likes to have in the lineup. He's a pretty good candidate for a big game against Washington's terrible perimeter defense. ... It was a rough night for the Nets against the Celtics on Saturday, and I wouldn't expect Wednesday's matchup to be any different. However, in only 11 minutes of garbage time action Saturday night, Nets rookie big man Sean Williams scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. He is also a great shot-blocker, and he might be New Jersey's best hope to deal with Kevin Garnett. Keep an eye on him; if he has a couple good games, he could be an excellent find down the road. ... With Vince Carter nursing a sprained right ankle, it's time to look, again, at the Nets' Antoine Wright. He'll score points, and he should get more action if Carter needs to rest. I'll keep plugging him here until you pick him up; he's still available in over 60 percent of leagues, and he's playing behind the always brittle Carter and Richard Jefferson. ... It is tough to own the Lakers' Vladimir Radmanovic while he's only averaging 20 minutes per night, but Kwame Brown is dealing with foot problems, and Phil Jackson may let Radmanovic stay out there a little longer if the big man options continue to dwindle. He's shooting the lights out, so he's not a bad play either way. ... Jarrett Jack might be a good option for Portland against Denver, as he's probably the only player on the roster with the quickness to guard Allen Iverson. Jack's a better player than he's shown so far this season, and I think soon he'll start to prove it. Chances are he's available in your league, as he's owned in only 4 percent currently.

Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.

Seth Landman

Fantasy Basketball
Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.