Matchups for Friday, Feb. 22
All times are ET.
Key: Opp. PPG = Points per game allowed to opponents. Opp. FGP = Field goal percentage allowed to opponents. RPG Diff. = The difference between a team's rebounds per game and its opponents' rebounds per game.
Devin Harris, PG, Nets (ankle)
Carlos Boozer, PF, Jazz (back)
Caron Butler, SF, Wizards (hip)
Kevin Durant, SG/SF, SuperSonics (flu)
T.J. Ford, PG, Raptors (wrist)
Stephen Jackson, SG/SF, Warriors (ankle)
Mike Miller, SG/SF, Grizzlies (back)
Jerry Stackhouse, SG/SF, Mavericks (hamstring)
Jamaal Tinsley, PG, Pacers (knee)
Start 'em, sit 'em
The Kings and Bobcats both allow more than 100 points per game, the only such "double-triple" matchup among Friday's 13 games. With Mike Bibby traded, Beno Udrih is ready to resume starting point guard duties; Udrih has averaged 14.0 points, 5.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 3-pointers in his 33 starts this season. For the Bobcats, Raymond Felton has been feeling it lately, with 21.0 points and 5.8 assists his past four games. Gerald Wallace was 0-of-9 from the field in his return from injury Tuesday, so expect some rust for awhile. The Raptors-Knicks game also should be up-tempo. David Lee scored more (15.2 points) and rebounded less (7.4 boards) his past five games, but his shooting was stellar (77 percent from the field and 89 percent from the line). Jose Calderon should excel against the Knicks; his 18.8 points and 11.0 assists his past five games should benefit from T.J. Ford's injury. Get Luol Deng back in your lineup. Deng scored 13 points in 17 minutes in his first game back Wednesday and should fare even better Friday against the Nuggets at home. Jason Kidd's Mavericks debut was solid but not spectacular: eight points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals in the loss to the Hornets on Wednesday. Expect him and all Mavericks to fare much better against the defenseless Grizzlies on Friday. Despite a nice debut with the Suns, don't expect much from Shaquille O'Neal right away after his month-long layoff, in particular against Boston's tough defense Friday. The Rockets and Hornets feature two of the league's top defenses, so temper your offensive expectations for players in this game.
Wednesday's lunar eclipse did not keep Jamario Moon from shining, as he tallied 17 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in 40 minutes in the Raptors' win over the Magic. In the same game, Carlos Delfino scored 23 points, including five of eight 3-pointers, and he could have similar success against the Knicks on Friday if Ford remains out. With Devin Harris out with an ankle sprain, Marcus Williams will have short-term value as the Nets' point guard. Williams had a season-high 25 points in 39 minutes in Wednesday's overtime win over the Bulls. Stash Nenad Krstic on your bench if you can. His 22 minutes Wednesday were his most since returning from injury. Upgrade Francisco Garcia slightly with Mike Bibby gone; Garcia has scored 37 points in 45 minutes in the Kings' two victories since the All-Star break. Nazr Mohammed averaged 10.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 0.8 blocks his past five games and almost as many minutes (28.6) as Emeka Okafor (32.6). After averaging 22.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 60 percent from the field in his past four games, it's no wonder Hakim Warrick's ownership percentage has surpassed 60 percent in ESPN leagues in the past week. Grab him while you still can.
Tony Targan is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com