Matchups for Wednesday, April 1
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.
Gilbert Arenas, PG/SG, Wizards (knee)
Leandro Barbosa, PG/SG, Suns (knee)
Baron Davis, PG, Clippers (stomach/calf)
Kevin Garnett, PF, Celtics (knee)
Josh Howard, SF, Mavericks (ankle)
Corey Maggette, SG/SF, Warriors (head)
Rasheed Wallace, PF/C, Pistons (calf)
Start 'em, sit 'em
Gilbert Arenas is listed as probable against the Grizzlies on Wednesday, but since the Wizards rested him for their last game, it would seem there's a good chance he'll play. He managed 15 points and 10 assists last time he suited up, so it's not as though he can't produce yet. I'd take the risk and get him into the lineup Wednesday, as the Grizzlies are not exactly the cream of the crop in terms of defensive presence. When the Kings and the Warriors face off, it'll be a battle of the two teams with the worst rebounding margins in the league to this point in the season. Fortunately, that's a stat that kind of has to cancel itself out in this case. What you can expect, however, is a ton of offense. On the Kings' side, this seems like a great time to get Francisco Garcia into your lineup. His minutes have taken a little bit of a hit during the past couple of games, but last time out he torched the Suns for 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting in the 25 minutes he got. He's always a good source of steals, blocks, and 3-pointers as well. In addition, unless the Stephen Jackson-less Warriors can pick up the defensive intensity, I think we're about to see a huge game out of the Kings' Kevin Martin, who should be able to get whatever looks he wants against the Warriors.
With Kevin Garnett likely not suiting up against the Bobcats and Leon Powe still out another couple of weeks for the Celtics, Glen Davis appears to be a good play for the Celtics' game against the Cats on Wednesday. He's averaging 19 points and 11 rebounds in 36 minutes in his past two games, both starts. If you need to make up some ground in blocks and steals in the next couple of days, a good place to look might be Julian Wright of the Hornets. James Posey is going to miss a little bit of time and so is Tyson Chandler, so being a healthy body for the Hornets might be enough to get some run these days. Wright's not doing much scoring these days, but his averages of 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.6 blocks during his past five contests are useful enough that he might be worth the pickup if he cures what ails you. Nobody really owns him at the moment, but Rockets point guard Aaron Brooks is putting up some big scoring numbers these days, and is probably worth owning in most fantasy formats. He's averaging 20.5 points and 2.5 3-pointers in his past two contests in just 29.5 minutes per game and has a tasty matchup against the Suns, who will likely be without Leandro Barbosa, who might be the only player they have with the quickness to defend Brooks. Going back to that Kings-Warriors game mentioned above, there are some guys who are going to put up numbers in this game who are ripe for being picked up. Kings power forward Jason Thompson has averaged a double-double in his past five games, and the Warriors' Kelenna Azubuike and Anthony Morrow are both in line for plenty of minutes with S-Jax out for the rest of the season. Pick them up and start them right away.
Seth Landman is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.