Commentary

Daily Notes for Tuesday: Moore helps in the middle

Updated: December 17, 2007, 12:57 PM ET
By Adam Madison | Special to ESPN.com

Matchups for Tuesday, Dec. 18

Time Visitors Opp. PPG Opp. FGP RPG Diff. Home Opp. PPG Opp. FGP RPG Diff.
7:30 p.m. Sacramento Kings 101.7 .461 -2.0
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New Jersey Nets 96.4 .446 +0.6
8:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers 102.5 .439 +2.5
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Chicago Bulls 95.6 .449 +2.0
10:30 p.m. Toronto Raptors 94.8 .446 -1.0
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Los Angeles Clippers 101.1 .441 -2.5

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
Sam Cassell, PG, Clippers (calf)
T.J. Ford, PG, Raptors (head, back)

Day-to-day
Kwame Brown, PF/C, Lakers (knee, ankle)
Bostjan Nachbar, SF, Nets (ankle)
Tim Thomas, SF/PF, Clippers (ankle)

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em

Brad Miller has become a scorer during Kevin Martin's absence, averaging more than 19 points in his past four games. … Kwame Brown is a threat to return and possibly cut into Andrew Bynum's playing time, but Bynum is playing out of his mind and is legitimately this good. Bynum has cut his fouls from 3.3 a game in November to 2.2 in December, and Ben Wallace's decline has meant opposing centers no longer have as much to fear against the Bulls. … Outside of the obvious names, there is little upside in starting any borderline players for the Clippers or Raptors. Both are solid defensive teams in what should be a rather nondescript affair.

Waiver-Wire Pickups

Mikki Moore earned some buzz when he scored 24 points on Friday and has seen his playing time substantially increase the past two games. The Nets lack any type of offensive contributions from their centers, so expect Moore to stay out of foul trouble and log 30-plus minutes again, making him a decent center option.

Adam Madison is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.