March 23, 2009

Evil's Outlook goes around the league and examines which players are hot and cold and which players you should keep an eye on. Listed first are the numbers of games played by each team, followed by five teams with difficult and favorable schedules.

Next up are 20 players you should consider picking up, followed by analysis for all 30 teams. The outlook for week 22 suggests 100 players who are safe starts and 62 who are borderline, so adjust accordingly if your league is much smaller or larger.

Five games: CHI, PHO



Two games: HOU, SAC

1. Houston Rockets (2 games: @Utah, LA Clippers)2. Golden St. Warriors (3 games: @San Antonio, @Dallas, @Denver)3. Milwaukee Bucks (3 games: @Toronto, @Orlando, @Miami)4. New York Knicks (4 games: Orlando, LA Clippers, New Orleans, @Charlotte)5. Los Angeles Clippers (4 games - @Boston, @New York, @San Antonio, @Houston)

1. Chicago Bulls (5 games: @Washington, Detroit, Miami, Indiana, @Toronto)2. Detroit Pistons (4 games: @Chicago, LA Lakers, @Washington, Philadelphia)3. Miami Heat (4 games: Memphis, @Indiana, @Chicago, Milwaukee)4. Denver Nuggets (4 games: @Phoenix, @New Orleans, @Dallas, Golden State)5. Charlotte Bobcats (3 games: @Washington, @Philadelphia, New York)

1. Tyrus Thomas, Bulls

Even though I needed steals and blocks, I was foolish enough to bench Tyrus last week because it looked like Tim Thomas was starting to take some of his playing time away. But the latter has seen his minutes evaporate recently, and he didn't even play in Saturday's game against the Lakers. In his absence, Tyrus recorded 15 points, 16 boards, and three blocks in a whopping 42 minutes! That was his 11th double-double since January 28, and he's now averaging 1.2 steals and 1.8 blocks for the season. With five games this week against fairly weak competition, the high-flyer should be starting in nearly every single league. If he's somehow still available, you know what to do.

2. Trevor Ariza, Lakers

Ariza was moved back into the starting lineup on March 11, and he's been nothing short of spectacular since then. The athletic small forward is averaging 30.8 minutes, 16.6 points, 5 rebounds, 2.8 steals, and even two three-pointers on 64% FG shooting in his last five games. Obviously the FG% has to come down, but with the way he's playing right now, Ariza is a must-start in nearly every single league.

3. Matt Barnes, Suns

The bad: Barnes has made just five of his past 25 shots from beyond the arc. The good: he's racking up rebounds and assists, and he helps out in steals and blocks as well. With five games this week he's a solid play in most leagues, and if he finds his stroke from outside, it will be icing on the cake.

4. Ronny Turiaf, Warriors

Turiaf is still available in many leagues, which is quite ridiculous. In his last eight games, the former Gonzaga star is averaging 7.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.6 blocks in 26.5 minutes. Forget the fact that he's one of the leading big men in assists and FT% ... the guy is rejecting 2.5 shots per game! With Biedrins still sidelined, Ronny is an excellent play.

5. Chris Andersen, Nuggets

Much like Turiaf, Andersen is worth owning for his 2.3 blocks alone. But in the month of March, Birdman is also pulling down 7.4 boards per game while shooting 83% from the line! With Kenyon Martin still hurting, Andersen is putting up excellent numbers for a No. 2 center.

1. Louis Williams, 76ers

While Willie Green continues to be one of the least productive NBA starters (offensively at least), Williams continues to shine off the bench. Over his past four games, the 22-year-old is averaging an impressive 19.3 points, 5 assists, 2.3 steals, and 1.8 threes while getting to the line 7.8 times per game. While several teams only have 10 or 11 games left, Philly is the only one with 14 games left. That's a full schedule the rest of the way, which means you've got to give him a look if you need guard help.

2. Kelenna Azubuike, Warriors

It's hard to imagine that it was 20 weeks ago that I named Azubuike my No. 1 pickup for Week 2, but the NBA season is a marathon where players rise and fall. After Kelenna averaged just 12.3 points in 26 minutes in February and then was injured in early March, he was likely dropped in many leagues. However, with Jamal Crawford in street clothes, Azubuike is at it again, averaging 18 points, 5.8 boards, 1.2 steals, and 1.8 threes in 34.2 minutes over his past five games. He's shooting a sparkling 46.6% from beyond the arc, which is second-best in the league behind teammate Anthony Morrow. Since there are no guarantees that Jamal will even play again this season, Azubuike is a fine-looking pickup.

3. Steve Novak, Clippers

The sharpshooting Novak is at it again, averaging 13.7 points and a whopping 4 threes on 58% FG shooting over his past six games. Surprisingly, he's still getting decent playing time with Randolph, Camby, and Kaman all healthy. I don't know about you, but Novak has proven to me that he'll drain threes all night long if he gets enough playing time. Need proof? In the 18 games where he's gotten 24+ minutes, he's averaging 14.8 points and 3.78 treys in 28.3 minutes, which translates to an unbelievable 5.3 treys per 40 minutes. There's no guarantee that he'll stay hot, but if you need threes, you've got to consider him.

4. Peja Stojakovic, Hornets

If you miss out on Novak (or don't trust him), then see if Peja is available in your league. He hasn't played since March 2 due to back spasms, so some people have forgotten about him completely. Their loss is your gain, because anyone who makes 2.5 threes per game is worth owning. Stojakovic could return as early as Wednesday, so the key is picking him up before everyone else notices. Even though I probably won't start him this week, I picked up Peja anyway. How come? Well, only five teams play a full 10-game schedule from Week 23 on, and New Orleans is one of them. Since Byron Scott will want him firing on all cylinders for the playoffs, don't be surprised if Peja finishes the season strong.

5. Kirk Hinrich, Bulls

Hinrich hasn't been very reliable lately, but with five games this week, he should be considered in deep leagues. In his past five games, the veteran has totaled 13 assists, six threes, six steals, and even six blocks. The Bulls get to face the Wizards, Pacers, and Raptors this week (in addition to the Pistons and Heat), so look for Kirk to make more treys than usual. If you need guard help, he's a decent option.

Brandan Wright & Anthony Morrow, Warriors

With 47 points, 27 boards and eight blocks in his past four games, Wright has definitely turned some heads. Jermareo Davidson is out for the rest of the season and Biedrins is still ailing, so Wright will continue to battle Anthony Randolph for minutes. They both have length and talent, but Wright appears to have moved past the rookie in Don Nelson's crazy rotation. With Crawford sitting, Morrow has made the most of his extra playing time. In his past five games, the rookie is averaging 12.4 points, 3.2 boards and 1.4 treys in 23.6 minutes. He's attempted just five treys in his past three games, but that number will surely rise if he continues to get playing time. If you want to gamble on a shooter, Morrow's a good bet.

Darius Songaila & JaVale McGee, Wizards

Songaila has flown under the radar in most leagues, but he's been surprisingly solid in March, averaging 11 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 steals in 25.1 minutes. Those numbers aren't that special, but he's shooting 53.9% FG and 95.7% FT for the month, and 52.9% FG and 88.6% FT for the season. If you're looking for someone who can help stabilize your shooting percentages, give the Lithuanian a look. McGee has teased us before, but with the season winding down, the rookie is worth a look. He recently had 13 points and 11 boards in just 24 minutes vs. Denver, and has blocked four shots in his past three games. Just keep in mind that Brendan Haywood could return before the season ends, which would effectively kill McGee's value. But if you're desperate for a center this week, the rookie is an okay option.

Ronald Murray & Maurice Evans, Hawks

With Marvin Williams still out indefinitely, Murray and Evans have picked up their production. Both guys have scored in double figures in three straight games and both are capable of helping out in threes and steals. Murray has more upside, but Evans is starting so he's a bit more dependable. If you need a scorer, they're worth consideration.

Jared Dudley, Suns

With Barbosa nursing a knee injury, Dudley is the new sixth man in Phoenix. In his past four games, the versatile forward is averaging 22.5 minutes, 10 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.8 threes. Those aren't exceptional numbers, but with five games this week, he might help you out more than most people think.

Arron Afflalo, Pistons

With both Rip Hamilton and Iverson hurting, Afflalo has been getting big minutes for Detroit. In his past four games, Arron has scored 57 points, nailed 10 threes and grabbed 4 steals while going a perfect 11-for-11 from the line. Both veteran guards sat out again on Sunday, so Afflalo could be a decent play for Week 22.

Brandon Rush, Pacers

Indiana coach Jim O'Brien made a lineup change on Saturday, moving T.J. Ford to the bench and promoting Rush to the starting lineup. The rookie responded with 15 points, five boards, one steal, and two blocks in 39 minutes. He was 0-for-4 from beyond the arc, but had made eight treys in the four games prior and has a nice stroke from outside. Indiana doesn't have the best schedule from here on out, but don't be surprised if Rush continues to get serious playing time.

Jared Jeffries, Knicks

In his past four games, Jeffries has racked up 20 rebounds, nine steals and two blocks. He's averaging just 22.3 mpg for the season, but he got 32 minutes on Saturday because Larry Hughes left early with a toe injury. Hughes expects to return soon, but if the injury continues to bother him, that might mean extra playing time for Jeffries. If you need steals, he should be considered in deep leagues.

Team outlooks

Atlanta Hawks (4 games)

After an impressive seven-game win streak, the Hawks finally lost to Cleveland on Saturday. Joe Johnson is hot, scoring 26.6 points on 48.5% shooting in his last 5 games. Josh Smith has been playing much better lately, but his block numbers are still disappointing. Marvin Williams is still out, so it's time to replace him if you still have him. Mo Evans is averaging 10.8 points and 1.8 threes in his past five games, while Flip Murray is averaging 12.8 points, 1 steal, and 1 trey over the same time span. Both are worth consideration in deeper leagues.

START: J. Johnson, J-Smoov, Bibby, HorfordBORDERLINE: M. Evans, MurrayDROP: M. Williams

Boston Celtics (4 games)

The big news in Boston is that Kevin Garnett is back. He's played just 15 and 17 minutes in his first two games, but look for that number to steadily rise going forward. I'm going to start him this week, and I suggest you do the same. Ray Allen's elbow appears to be fine, so keep him active. Perkins has 17 rejections in his last 5 games, so even though his numbers will go down with KG back, you probably want to start him. With Leon Powe out, both House (12 treys in his past four games) and Big Baby have value in very deep leagues.

START: Garnett, Pierce, Rondo, R. Allen, PerkinsBORDERLINE: Big Baby, House

Charlotte Bobcats (3 games)

Charlotte has only three games this week, but contests against the Wizards, 76ers and Knicks are very favorable. They're still in the playoff hunt, so expect their starters to continue logging heavy minutes. Gerald Wallace had just three points and four fouls in 25 minutes on Saturday, but he'd been putting up big numbers before that and appears to be fine. Radmanovic and Augustin aren't very reliable right now, but are worth considering if you're desperate for threes due to the Bobcats favorable schedule.

START: G. Wallace, Okafor, Diaw, FeltonBORDERLINE: R. Bell, Augustin, Radmanovic

Chicago Bulls (5 games)

Chicago is six games under .500, but they're still hanging onto the No. 8 spot in the East. Deng is still hurting, so it's time to drop him if you haven't already. Meanwhile, Salmons continues to be a stud in his absence. Derrick Rose has back-to-back 25 point games, so make sure he's in your lineup. With five games this week, Noah is a solid starter and even Hinrich is worth considering in deep leagues.

START: Salmons, D. Rose, B. Gordon, Ty Thomas, B. Miller, NoahBORDERLINE: HinrichDROP: Deng

Cleveland Cavaliers (3 games)

After shooting over 78% from the line for most of the season, LeBron has reverted to his old ways, making just 74.3% of his freebies in March. Delonte West has scored just 6.8 points on 32% shooting in his past four games, making him a risky play for the week ahead. Varejao is dealing with a sore quad, so "Sideshow Bob" is just a borderline play this week.

START: LeBron, Mo Williams, Big ZBORDERLINE: D. West, VarejaoWATCH: J. Smith

Dallas Mavericks (3 games)

With Dallas trying not to fall apart at the end of the season, Jason Kidd is logging heavy minutes and making more threes. Jason Terry is now starting for the Mavs, making him an even better option. Antoine Wright played 40 minutes and blocked four shots on Friday, making him a decent option in deep leagues for Week 22. With only three games, the rest of the Mavs are very risky plays.

START: Dirk, Kidd, TerryBORDERLINE: A. Wright, SingletonBENCH: J. Howard, Bass, Dampier, Barea

Denver Nuggets (4 games)

Denver opens the week at Phoenix and closes the week at home vs. the Warriors, so expect plenty of scoring. Anthony has been putting up solid numbers, but he still hasn't been the top-15 player I expected him to be. J.R. Smith expoded for a season-high 40 points on 15-for-23 shooting on Saturday, to go with five rebounds, three assists, three steals and three treys. Will George Karl finally leave him in the starting lineup now? With K-Mart being limited to first-half minutes only, Chris Andersen is a solid starter in most leagues. Anthony Carter dropped 10 assists in just 24 minutes on Friday, so consider him if you're desperate for assists.

START: Billups, Anthony, Nene, JR Smith, AndersenBORDERLINE: Balkman, A. CarterBENCH/DROP: K-Mart

Detroit Pistons (4 games)

Detroit is struggling again, with just one win in their past five games. Both Rasheed Wallace and Rip Hamilton sat out again on Sunday, and are risky plays for the week ahead. If they continue to miss games, Afflalo and Maxiell could be decent starts. Allen Iverson could return to practice on Monday, but it doesn't sound like he's ready to play in games just yet, so keep him reserved.

START: Stuckey, Prince, McDyessBORDERLINE: R. Wallace, Hamilton, Afflalo, MaxiellBENCH: Iverson

Golden St. Warriors (3 games)

OK, the situation between Nellie and Crawford has gotten ridiculous. For that matter, the situation between the owner, the team president, the GM, the coaches, the players, the media and the fans has gotten ridiculous. They're still a fun team to watch, but it's quite clear that Golden State won't be a successful organization until new ownership takes over. At least Monta Ellis is looking like his old self again. With three killer road games at San Antonio, Dallas, and Denver, be careful about starting Maggette and Wright.

START: S. Jackson, Ellis, Turiaf, AzubuikeBORDERLINE: Maggette, B. WrightBENCH: Biedrins, Crawford, A. Randolph, Morrow

Houston Rockets (2 games)

The Rockets have won four in a row and now have the second-best record in the West. Yao has gotten to the line just nine times in his past four games, so hopefully he gets more aggressive this week. Artest has been putting up great numbers, but he and Ming are the only safe starts this week. Scola has been a double-double machine lately, but I suggest benching him with only two games.

START: Yao, ArtestBENCH: Scola, Brooks, BattierWATCH: Lowry

Indiana Pacers (3 games)

Interesting happenings in Indiana, as T.J. Ford and Jarrett Jack got into it and are no longer starting together. Ford came off the bench on Saturday to score nine points and dish out six assists in just 21 minutes. Meanwhile, Jack started at PG and scored 31 points on 13-for-14 shooting in a big win. With 74 points, 25 rebounds, 11 threes and four blocks in his past three games, Danny Granger is officially back. Another player to consider in deep leagues is the rookie Rush, who's getting extra run with Marquis Daniels out.

START: Granger, Murphy, JackBORDERLINE: Ford, B. RushBENCH: FosterWATCH: HibbertDROP: Daniels

L.A. Clippers (4 games)

Baron dropped 20 assists last Wednesday, but he's still not performing like a top-20 player. As we all feared, Camby and Kaman have been limiting each other's value lately. Over their last 5 games, Camby is averaging just 27.3 minutes and Kaman is playing just 22.6, making both guys borderline options. Meanwhile, Thornton missed Sunday's game with a shoulder injury, so check his status before setting your lineup. Novak is going to be a hot pickup, but remember that the Clippers have four very tough road games this week.

START: B. Davis, E. Gordon, Z. RandolphBORDERLINE: Thornton, Camby, Kaman, Novak

L.A. Lakers (4 games)

According to Phil Jackson, Bynum is "still like a month away from being a player." Obviously, that's too late to make an impact on the fantasy playoffs, but his return could have huge ramifications on the real postseason. All of a sudden, Trevor Ariza is a solid starter once again, so pick him up if he's available. Kobe and Gasol are still getting 36+ minutes per game, but you have to expect thir playing time to decline soon.

START: Kobe, P. Gasol, Odom, ArizaBORDERLINE: Fisher

Memphis Grizzlies (3 games)

Memphis has lost 16 of their past 18 games and appear to be making a serious run at the worst record in the league. O.J. Mayo has been awfully quiet recently, averaging just 13.6 points on 41% shooting in his past nine games. With three road games at Miami, Sacramento, and Portland, it's hard to recommend the Grizzlies this week.

START: Gay, MayoBORDERLINE: Conley, M. GasolBENCH: Warrick, Arthur

Miami Heat (4 games)

After missing his first game of the season last Wednesday, Wade had another monster game on Sunday, logging 39 points, six assists, two steals, four blocks and a pair of treys in a win over Detroit. Moon had his best game in awhile on Sunday -- 17 points, three blocks, three treys -- but he's still just a borderline starter. Likewise, Beasley continues to get inconsistent playing time and can't be relied on.

START: Wade, J. O'Neal, Haslem, ChalmersBORDERLINE: Beasley, MoonWATCH: Cook, Head

Milwaukee Bucks (3 games)

Milwaukee has seven losses in their past 10 games and are dangerously close to falling out of the playoff race. And with three road games at Toronto, Orlando, and Miami, they don't have the easiest schedule this week. Sessions is still a solid source of assists, but he's averaging just 6.3 points on 30% shooting in his past four games, making him a so-so option for the week ahead. It's looking less and less likely that Andrew Bogut will return, but keep an eye on him just in case.

START: R. Jefferson, VillanuevaBORDERLINE: SessionsBENCH: Mbah a Moute, Ridnour, ElsonWATCH: Bogut

Minnesota Timberwolves (4 games)

The T-Wolves are struggling to put points on the board these days. Randy Foye is a perfect example of this, as he's averaging only 9.2 points in his past five contests. Gomes has also been struggling lately, so he's just a borderline play this week. Craig Smith and Carney have been getting more playing time lately, so they're worth considering in deep leagues.

START: Foye, Love, M. MillerBORDERLINE: Gomes, Telfair, C. Smith, Carney

New Jersey Nets (3 games)

New Jersey fell to two games back from the No. 8 spot on Sunday, but you can't blame Vince Carter. The veteran is averaging 39.6 minutes and 28.8 points on 50% shooting over his past five games. There still is no timetable for Devin Harris' return, which means that Dooling wiill continue to put up solid stats. When I said to watch Sean Williams a couple of weeks ago, it wasn't because I expected him to get arrested. The youngster has been skating on thin ice for awhile now, and now his NBA future is cloudy at best.

START: V. Carter, B. Lopez, DoolingBENCH: Harris, Jianlian, B. Simmons

New Orleans Hornets (3 games)

As if Chris Paul's season wasn't good enough already, he's averaging a season-best 25.4 points and 3.6 steals on 96% FT shooting in March. Wow. Rasual Butler has cooled off from beyond the arc (just 4-for-22 in his past five games), but he's still getting big minutes. Peja Stojakovic could return this week, but he's a very risky play to say the least. Hilton Armstrong racked up 14 points and 11 boards in just 16 minutes vs. the Warriors, so keep an eye on him if Chandler doesn't come back soon.

START: Paul, D. WestBORDERLINE: R. Butler, StojakovicBENCH: T. Chandler, PoseyWATCH: Armstrong

New York Knicks (4 games)

David Lee missed his first game of the season on Saturday, but needless to say, his owners have nothing to complain about. Let's just hope he returns for a strong Week 22. Hughes left Saturday's game early with a toe injury that had been bothering him all week. He could return on Monday, but he's a risky play now. Ditto for Duhon, who is back in the starting lineup but posting quiet numbers.

START: D. Lee, Harrington, N. Robinson, W. ChandlerBORDERLINE: Duhon, Hughes, Jeffries

Oklahoma City Thunder (3 games)

Durant posted another stellar line on Sunday, so he's a must-start the rest of the way. Westbrook dropped 10+ dimes for the sixth time on Sunday, but he's still commiting a lot of turnovers. Sefolosha continues to rack up steals and blocks, but he's a borderline start with only three games this week. Krstic and Collison continue to limit each other's value, so I suggest benching them this week. I'm not sure why Earl Watson fell out of their rotation, but hopefully you replaced him awhile ago.

START: Durant, Green, WestbrookBORDERLINE: SefoloshaBENCH: Krstic, Collison

Orlando Magic (3 games)

Where did the increase in Dwight Howard's assists come from? After dropping 71 in his first 62 games, he now has 19 dimes in his past five. Hedo Turkoglu is heating up, so make sure he's in your lineup. Alston has 12 steals and nine treys in his past four games, so he looks like a decent play for the week ahead. Pietrus is back in Stan Van Gundy's doghouse, so get him on your bench and look for better options.

START: D. Howard, Lewis, Turkoglu, AlstonBORDERLINE: C. LeeBENCH: Pietrus

Philadelphia 76ers (4 games)

After hitting a game-winning three at the buzzer to stun the Lakers last Tuesday, Iguodala nailed 3 more treys on Sunday. With three straight 20+ point games, Thaddeus Young is rolling right now. You still can't trust Dalembert, as he had just 4 points and 4 rebounds against the Kings on Sunday, two days after dropping 15 points and 23 boards on the Warriors. Lou-Will is hot, so start him and hope he keeps it up.

START: Iguodala, A. Miller, T. Young, Dalembert, L. WilliamsBORDERLINE: Speights

Phoenix Suns (5 games)

With four straight wins, Phoenix is still in the playoff hunt, albeit barely. Shaq just passed Moses Malone for the fifth spot on the all-time scoring list and he's now 4,008 points behind Wilt (probably not happening). Richardson exploded for 35 points and six treys on Saturday, but those types of games have been and far between for J-Rich this season. With five games this week, Barnes and Hill are solid options, and even Dudley has value in deeper leagues. Barbosa is out one to three weeks with a knee injury, so bench him and look for a replacement.

START: Nash, Shaq, J-Rich, Barnes, HillBORDERLINE: DudleyBENCH: Barbosa

Portland Trail Blazers (3 games)

After shooting 11-for-19 on Saturday, Brandon Roy is now shooting a rock solid 48% FG and 82.8% FT for the season. Aldridge had a rusty game after returning from a concussion, but he should be fine for the week ahead. Steve Blake is hot, averaging 6.8 dimes and 3.3 treys over his past four games. Travis Outlaw has been solid lately, and is getting extra run with Batum out. Greg Oden finally returned, but Przybilla is still easily outplaying him.

START: Roy, Aldridge, BlakeBORDERLINE: Outlaw, PrzybillaBENCH: Oden, Fernandez

Sacramento Kings (2 games)

Kevin Martin has been a disappointment this season, but he's still on pace to join Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Adrian Dantley, Rick Barry, Oscar Robertson and Jerry West as the only players ever to average 24+ points, 10+ free-throw attempts and shoot over 85% FT in the same year. Congrats if you hung onto Jason Thompson, as the rookie is averaging 13.8 points, 11.6 boards and 1.4 blocks in his past five games. With just two games this week, you might want to keep your Kings on your bench.

START: Kev-MartBORDERLINE: Hawes, Garcia, ThompsonBENCH: Udrih, Nocioni

San Antonio Spurs (4 games)

It sounds like Ginobili is getting close to returning, but you've gotta bench him at least one more week. Coach Popovich might rest Duncan on the second half of back-to-backs the rest of the way, which is something you need to know about. If it happens, that means he'll sit out games on Mar. 25, Apr. 8, and Apr. 13. Even with four games this week, it's hard to rely on San Antonio's role players.

START: Duncan, T. ParkerBORDERLINE: Mason, Bonner, FinleyBENCH: GinobiliWATCH: Gooden

Toronto Raptors (3 games)

Even though Toronto is out of the playoff race, Bosh is still putting up excellent numbers (22.2 points and 11.4 boards over his past five). After playing in 130 straight games, Bargnani sat out Sunday with a heel injury, making him a risky play for the week ahead. Will Toronto start playing Calderon less and Roko Ukic more?

START: Bosh, Calderon, MarionBORDERLINE: Bargnani, A. Parker

Utah Jazz (3 games)

It's hard to argue with Deron's play, but he's shooting just 20% from beyond the arc in March and is at just 30.5% 3P for the season. Okur left Friday's game after being poked in the eye, but he should be okay for the week ahead. Boozer has been putting up strong numbers lately, so he looks like a must-start the rest of the way. Meanwhile, AK-47 continues to get limited playing time and put up mediocre numbers.

START: D. Williams, Okur, Boozer, R. BrewerBORDERLINE: Kirilenko, MillsapWATCH: Korver

Washington Wizards (4 games)

Caron Butler has missed five straight games with his hamstring injury and is a very risky play for the week ahead. Guys like McGuire, Blatche, Songaila and McGee are all decent plays with four games, but I can't blame you if you don't want to rely on them. Brendan Haywood has finally been cleared to practice, so keep an eye on him if he returns. There's still the chance that Arenas could return, but I wouldn't count on it.

START: JamisonBORDERLINE: C. Butler, McGuire, Blatche, Songaila, McGeeWATCH: Arenas, Haywood

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