Matchups for Friday, Feb. 27
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.
Mike Dunleavy, SG/SF, Pacers (knee)
Monta Ellis, PG/SG, Warriors (ankle)
Kevin Garnett, PF, Celtics (knee)
Manu Ginobili, SG, Spurs (ankle)
Danny Granger, SF/PF, Pacers (foot)
Nene, PF/C, Nuggets (knee)
Greg Oden, C, Trail Blazers (knee)
Amare Stoudemire, PF/C, Suns (eye)
Mike Bibby, PG, Hawks (flu)
Tim Duncan, PF/C, Spurs (quadriceps)
Drew Gooden, PF/C, Kings (groin)
Eric Gordon, SG, Clippers (shoulder)
Allen Iverson, PG/SG, Pistons (back)
Corey Maggette, SG/SF, Warriors (hand)
Steve Nash, PG, Suns (ankle)
Mickael Pietrus, SG/SF, Magic (wrist)
Jason Richardson, SG/SF, Suns (ankle)
Josh Smith, SF/PF, Hawks (personal)
Al Thornton, SF/PF, Clippers (foot)
Ronny Turiaf, PF/C, Warriors (leg)
Beno Udrih, PG, Kings (foot)
Delonte West, PG/SG, Cavaliers (wrist)
Start 'em, sit 'em
Although Rasheed Wallace was not suspended, since the NBA rescinded a couple of his earlier technical fouls this season, the Pistons' matchup against Dwight Howard and the Magic is still a tough one. Other than Wallace, the Pistons don't do much to stretch the floor, and the Magic will be able to pack it in even more effectively than usual. I don't think I would start anyone on the Pistons in this game. If you need scoring, Iverson probably will get his, but he might not be too efficient in doing so. I expect Tony Parker to keep up the good work for the Spurs against the Cavs, as the Cavs don't really have a point guard who can handle Parker defensively (few teams do). It'll be interesting to see how the Spurs do against the Cavs if Tim Duncan remains out of the lineup. It also should be interesting to see how Kevin Love fares against the Trail Blazers, who are, even without Greg Oden, a tremendous rebounding team with a ton of size. Love is a great rebounder, but height is not his strength, and my head tells me Joel Przybilla and LaMarcus Aldridge could give the rookie major problems. If Love can manage double-digit rebounds in this game, I will be truly impressed.
People really need to stop sleeping on Matt Bonner, who has become a great fantasy contributor in recent weeks but is owned in only 3 percent of ESPN.com leagues. He makes a ton of 3s without hurting your percentages, and in the meantime, he generally is a decent source of points and rebounds. Can you use a guy like this? In just 21 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday night, Chris Andersen put up seven points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for the Nuggets. He faces a tough matchup against the Lakers on Friday, but with Nene still out, picking up much of the defensive slack is going to fall to Andersen. If you need blocks, I don't see how you can keep him out of your lineup at this point. This applies to pretty much everyone, considering he is available in about 97 percent of leagues at the moment. Speaking of blocks and rebounds, with Greg Oden listed as out indefinitely, it probably is time to pick up Joel Przybilla again. He has been averaging better than 10 rebounds, a block and a steal per game in his past five, and I don't see that stopping any time soon.
Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.