Daily Notes for Thursday: Ellis is streaking
|Time||Visitors||Opp. PPG||Opp. FGP||RPG Diff.||Home||Opp. PPG||Opp. FGP||RPG Diff.|
|8:00 p.m.||New York Knicks||102.3||.463||+3.1|| |
|10:30 p.m.||Denver Nuggets||99.5||.436||-2.6|| |
|Los Angeles Lakers||100.9||.435||+3.1|
|10:30 p.m.||Houston Rockets||91.9||.443||+3.8|| |
|Golden State Warriors||109.8||.477||-6.8|
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.
Nene, PF/C, Nuggets (thumb)
Kenyon Martin, PF, Nuggets (leg)
Just in case you thought it was a fluke, Monta Ellis scored a career-high 31 points in consecutive games. However, don't expect a three-peat against the Rockets, who allow only 92 points a contest. Ellis' emergence could come at the expense of Kelenna Azubuike. The Knicks-Celtics game is a fantasy minefield. Boston's big three of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett could have huge games, or get plenty of rest if the game is a blowout. But it is hard to recommend the Celtics' role players: Rajon Rondo has totaled only 19 points in his past four games since scoring 18 on Nov. 18, and Eddie House has exceeded five points only once in his past seven games. Take a shot on James Posey, who has scored double digits in his past three games and is a decent source of rebounds and 3s. The Knicks shoot only 43.5 percent as a team and could struggle to score against the Celtics, who allow fewer than 90 points and under 41 percent from the field. Eddy Curry (.584 field goal percentage) is the only Knicks starter who shoots better than 45 percent. If you need rebounds, take a chance on Luis Scola on Thursday. While Scola has more ups and downs than a roller coaster, he's been averaging 7.6 boards in his past five games, and could clean up against a Warriors squad that has a minus-6.8 rebound differential.
Rafer Alston's 36.4 field goal percentage is downright scary, but he's showing signs of life lately, averaging 10.0 points, 5.0 assists, 1.7 3-pointers and a steal in 32 minutes during his past five games. Matt Barnes tallied eight points, seven rebounds and seven assists in his return to the Warriors Monday after missing five games for personal reasons. Barnes is averaging about 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block and 1.5 3-pointers on the season, but his poor percentages may scare some owners away. Celtics center Kendrick Perkins is owned in fewer than 10 percent of ESPN leagues, but he'll get you about 8 points, 1.5 blocks and 5 rebounds while shooting better than 63 percent from the field. Unfortunately, he also shoots about 63 percent from the line, but with only three free-throw attempts a game, he won't kill you in that category. Derek Fisher has been dropped in many leagues, which is understandable for a point guard who averages only 2.5 assists a game. However, his 20-point game Sunday was his fourth straight in double digits, and he's shooting 52 percent from the field and 95 percent from the line. Jordan Farmar is averaging 10.6 points, 4.6 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.6 3-pointers in 22 minutes during his past five games for the Lakers.
Tony Targan is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.