Matchups for Thursday December 13
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.
Start 'Em, Sit 'Em
Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison continue to carry the Wizards' scoring load with Gilbert Arenas out, and they should excel in what could be a high-scoring game against the Heat. ... Antonio Daniels has been solid but not spectacular despite heavy minutes, averaging 9.6 points, 6.4 assists and 1.4 steals in his past five games. Brendan Haywood has four straight games with double-digit scoring, but his rebounds and blocks have been very spotty, so sit him in a tough matchup against Shaquille O'Neal. Same goes for Andray Blatche, who is barely playable of late. ... For the Heat, who have topped 100 points in five straight games, any healthy body should have a shot at decent numbers. On Monday, Miami played only seven players but could get Jason Williams back by Thursday. Dwyane Wade should get 30-plus points for his fourth straight game. O'Neal could dominate at center; coach Pat Riley has emphasized the need to get more shots for Shaq, whose 10 attempts on Monday were his most in eight games. Udonis Haslem is coming off a season-high 21-point game. ... The Lakers should be well-rested after playing only one game in the seven days prior to Thursday's game against the Spurs. However, against San Antonio's tough defense, Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom are the only sure starts. With six other Lakers averaging between 20 and 26 minutes, the Lakers' depth is not fantasy-friendly. ... For the Spurs, expect Manu Ginobili -- with recent consecutive 37-point games -- and Tony Parker to carry the load, especially if Tim Duncan is out or limited.
In deep leagues, you could be the first one on your block to own Roger Mason, who is coming off a season-high 17 points on Tuesday. In his past five games, the Wizards' point guard is averaging 12.8 points and 2.2 3-pointers and shooting better than 50 percent from the field and is also a perfect 9-for-9 from the line while averaging 23 minutes. ... Dorell Wright has had two huge games in his past three, including a 19-point, 17-rebound breakout and 16 points and 12 rebounds in his last game. Wright has made four straight starts at small forward for the Heat and could keep Ricky Davis coming off the bench for awhile. ... Chris Quinn had two nice games in place of Jason Williams, scoring 13 and 12 points and contributing a few rebounds, assists and threes. While it would take an extended injury to give Quinn any real value, he is worth watching since Williams has missed 10-20 games in each of the past five seasons. ... Vladimir Radmanovic is a decent source of points and 3s. He followed his season-high 21-point game (6-for-9 from 3-point land) with 14 points against the Warriors. But don't expect too much against the Spurs on Thursday.
Tony Targan is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com.