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Matchups for Sunday, Dec. 9
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.
Andrea Bargnani, PF/C, Raptors (knee)
Josh Boone, PF/C, Nets (migraine)
Chris Bosh, PF/C, Raptors (groin)
Vince Carter, SG, Nets (calf/ankle)
Ryan Hollins, PF/C, Bobcats (shoulder)
Jason Kidd, PG, Nets (migraine)
Morris Peterson, SG, Hornets (back)
Mickael Pietrus, SG/SF, Warriors (nose)
Luke Ridnour, PG, SuperSonics (quadriceps)
Peja Stojakovic, SG/SF, Hornets (groin)
Ronny Turiaf, PF, Lakers (concussion)
Delonte West, PG/SG, SuperSonics (foot)
Antoine Wright, SG/SF, Nets (shoulder)
Start 'Em, Sit 'Em
Both Raptors point guards, T.J. Ford and Jose Calderon, should be good plays against the Rockets. If the Rockets' defense has a weak point, it is at the point guard position, and the Raptors should be able to exploit that as well as anyone. With Chris Bosh listed as day-to-day, the back court will have to pick up some of the scoring. [e] I'm expecting a big night out of Shaquille O'Neal against the Clippers. Chris Kaman's been a force in the post for the Clips, but he'll have to rotate to defend the lane against Dwyane Wade, which should leave Shaq open a lot in the post. Udonis Haslem could have a nice night for the same reason. [e] Coming off a loss to the Bulls, the Pistons should be motivated enough to demolish the Bobcats. In particular, Rasheed Wallace's perimeter game will be a tough matchup for the Bobcats, as Emeka Okafor will have to protect the lane. [e] Against Portland's suspect backcourt defense, Mo Williams is a good start for the Bucks. Figure on plenty of production in points and assists. [e] Start all your frontcourt players for the Wizards against the Nets, as the Nets big man situation is terrible, and they don't seem to be playing their best defender up front, Sean Williams, for any significant minutes. Brendan Haywood in particular could have a surprisingly good game. [e] You'll want to start your Lakers against the Warriors. Andrew Bynum has the quickness to be able to really take advantage of his size against the Warriors when they go small; he's a great start on Sunday.
Bonzi Wells has seen his minutes increase over the past four games for the Rockets, and I'd expect the trend to continue. He's a good rebounder, and gives them a lot more on the offensive end than the starting power forward, Chuck Hayes. [e] Miami's Dorell Wright is coming off a great game against the Warriors; if his minutes continue to go up, he'll be a good pickup in all leagues. Against the lax defense of Tim Thomas, Wright might be a good play now against the Clippers; at his best he scores, rebounds, blocks shots and gets steals. He has the potential to be a valuable fantasy player pretty soon. [e] People are starting to catch on already, so this might be your last week to be able to grab Pistons big man Jason Maxiell. He's already a great shot blocker, and with increased minutes I think the points and rebounds will follow. He's getting enough minutes that he's relevant now. [e] A lot of people have jumped off the Andray Blatche bandwagon we had going for a while, but he put up almost a 20-10 game Friday night, and I'd expect a similarly good game against the terrible New Jersey frontcourt. Pick him up while he's available. He's a great keeper candidate as well.
Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com
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