Matchups for Wednesday, Nov. 5
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 team's rebounds per game and its opponents' rebounds per game.
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• 8 p.m.: Bulls at Cavaliers
• 10:30 p.m.: Nuggets at Warriors
All times Eastern.
Tyson Chandler, C, Hornets (ankle)
Kenyon Martin, PF, Nuggets (hamstring)
Sean May, PF, Bobcats (back/conditioning)
Michael Redd, SG, Bucks (ankle)
Luke Ridnour, PG, Bucks (back)
Peja Stojakovic, SF, Hornets (ankle)
Deron Williams, PG, Jazz (ankle)
Start 'em, sit 'em
The Pacers, with the likes of Troy Murphy and Rasho Nesterovic, don't really have the speed up front to deal with the Suns' Amare Stoudemire. They'll try to key on Stoudemire, who has become more and more adept at finding Shaquille O'Neal from the high post. Shaq is certainly not an automatic start at this point, but I think he's worth playing in this case; at the very least he should have a decent night in rebounds and blocks. Without a real defensive stopper in the post as the last line of defense, the Heat will have some real trouble with the Sixers' Andre Miller. In that same game, I'm not sure how the Heat will manage to defend Samuel Dalembert and Elton Brand at the same time, either. I'm expecting Philly to have a big night all around, but Miller, Dalembert and Brand should be particularly productive. I'm a big believer in Kevin Durant, but I think I've got to sit everybody on the Thunder against the Celtics this time around. Durant has been terrible from the floor, and there's no one else on the team really worth starting right now anyway. Play Durant if you are desperate, but there are 13 games on Wednesday night, and avoiding the Celtics' defense might be your best option. Derrick Rose is now owned in nearly all leagues, and should be starting most nights for most owners, but he's got a particularly favorable matchup, I think, against the Cavaliers. Yes, the Cavs tend to play great defense, but they are going to have major problems covering point guards as long as they are running Mo Williams and Daniel Gibson out there. They got shredded by Chris Paul (who doesn't?), and I think Rose can put up some big numbers as well.
Ramon Sessions deserves to be starting right now for the Bucks, and should definitely be owned in most, if not all, fantasy leagues. He has done nothing but produce when given the opportunity, and he'll get another chance against the Wizards on Wednesday night. The Wiz have been playing some terrible defense of late, giving up 106.0 points per game over the first three contests. If Sessions is available in your league, pick him up and play him, then stash him on your bench when Luke Ridnour comes back. I'm expecting Tim Duncan to draw a lot of attention against the Wolves, and as such, it probably makes sense to give Roger Mason a look Wednesday night. Mason is on fire from beyond the arc, and he'll continue to get plenty of looks with Tony Parker and Duncan kicking out. It's a good night to start Kyle Korver against the Blazers, as Deron Williams should be back facilitating the offense, while Portland hasn't put up a lick of resistance on the perimeter so far this year. In fact, teams are shooting over 50 percent on 3s against them right now. On the other hand, you may want to give the Blazers' Rudy Fernandez the night off. Utah has been defending the arc very well so far, and in Ronnie Brewer they have a pretty good option for defending Fernandez.
Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.