Matchups for Friday, November 30
All times are expressed in Eastern Time. Statistics from 2007-08 regular season.
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.
Andrea Bargnani, SF/PF, Raptors (knee)
Chris Bosh, PF/C, Raptors (groin)
Sam Cassell, PG, Clippers (calf)
T.J. Ford, PG, Raptors (stinger)
LeBron James, SF, Cavaliers (finger)
Kenyon Martin, PF, Nuggets (knee)
Desmond Mason, SG/SF, Bucks (ankle)
Jermaine O'Neal, PF/C, Pacers (knee)
Salim Stoudamire, SG, Hawks (ankle)
Marvin Williams, SF/PF, Hawks (hip)
Start 'Em, Sit 'Em
The Pacers-SuperSonics game could be a real shootout, with both teams allowing opponents more than 105 points per game. Expect big numbers from the Pacers' Danny Granger, Mike Dunleavy and Jamaal Tinsley, and consider Troy Murphy, Shawne Williams (21 points Monday) and Marquis Daniels. For the SuperSonics, Kevin Durant, Chris Wilcox and Damien Wilkins are the only players averaging more than 30 minutes a game, but you could take a shot on streaky shooter Wally Szczerbiak, Jeff Green and Kurt Thomas, who could play more with Nick Collison out. ... With a number of Hawks hurting, sixth man Josh Childress could get extra minutes against the Hornets on Friday. Childress can score (12.3 points per game) and rebound (5.5 per game), but his hidden value is in his percentages: .555 from the field and .943 from the line. ... Jamario Moon is rising for the Raptors, averaging 8.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 1.2 steals in his past five games. If Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani miss Friday's clash with the Cavaliers, Moon could shine even brighter, and Anthony Parker, coming off a team-high 19 points Wednesday, also could look to score more. In the same game, look for Drew Gooden and Zydrunas Ilgauskas to clean up on the glass, as the Cavaliers should enjoy a sizable rebounding differential against the Raptors.
Sasha Pavlovic could pick up some of the offensive slack for the Cavaliers if LeBron James misses any time with his sprained finger. Pavlovic has scored 22, 16 and 13 points in his past three games and was not shy about shooting after LeBron went down against the Pistons on Wednesday. ... If you've been sleeping on Marko Jaric, don't wait any longer. The Timberwolves guard is averaging 15.2 points, 5.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 35 minutes in his past five games. Jaric is owned in about 40 percent of ESPN leagues, up from zero a week ago. ... The Kyle Korver bandwagon hit a bump in the road: One night after his 20-point return to the lineup, he scored only four points Wednesday while shooting just 1-of-9 from the field. Still, Korver is a great source of 3's, averaging two per game for his career. Korver and Louis Williams both played 22 minutes Wednesday and could compete for playing time. ... Brendan Haywood was dropped in many leagues, but he won't be available for long after his season-high 19 points against the Spurs on Wednesday. Haywood averages 8.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks on the season, yet is owned in fewer than half of ESPN leagues. That's less than fashionable pickup Andray Blatche. ... After a long stretch of futility, Paul Millsap could be worth another look. Millsap is coming off 13- and 10-point performances and is averaging 6.8 rebounds in 21 minutes during his past five games.
Tony Targan is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.