Commentary

Daily Notes for Tuesday: Bench Outlaw

Updated: December 24, 2007, 11:04 AM ET
By Adam Madison | Special to ESPN.com

Matchups for Tuesday, Dec. 25

Time Visitors Opp. PPG Opp. FGP RPG Diff. Home Opp. PPG Opp. FGP RPG Diff.
2:30 p.m. Miami Heat 99.0 .453 -2.2
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Cleveland Cavaliers 100.8 .463 +0.6
5:00 p.m. Phoenix Suns 104.3 .460 -6.0
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Los Angeles Lakers 101.2 .439 +2.9
8:00 p.m. Seattle SuperSonics 105.7 .451 -0.6
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Portland Trail Blazers 96.9 .449 -3.1

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

Day-to-day
Kwame Brown, PF/C, Lakers (knee and ankle)
Chris Quinn, PG, Heat (ankle)
Delonte West, PG/SG, SuperSonics (foot)

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em

Both the Suns (96.3 possessions per game, fifth) and the Lakers (95.8, sixth) like to run, so all Lakers and Suns are strong plays in what should be a high-scoring game. [e] The return of LaMarcus Aldridge from plantar fasciitis has eroded the playing time of Travis Outlaw, who doesn't deserve a start Tuesday.

Waiver-Wire pickups

Jason Williams is the Heat's only point guard on the roster with Chris Quinn out, so expect him to remain a solid play throughout the week. [e] Nick Collison faces the rebounding and defensively deficient Trail Blazers, and with his recent spark in playing time, consider he's a nice forward on Tuesday.

Adam Madison is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com