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Matchups: Time to play Ty Lawson

Following the Chauncey Billups trade, new starting PG Lawson is ready to break out

Updated: February 26, 2011, 11:12 AM ET
By Kevin Pelton | Basketball Prospectus
Ty LawsonDoug Pensinger/Getty ImagesTy Lawson's promotion to the starting lineup should provide a significant boost to his stat line.

Using opponent data for each team on the following week's schedule, Basketball Prospectus can estimate how much a player's performance will vary because of the defenses he will face in the next week. (See here for more details on the process.) Each week, Kevin Pelton will take a look at five players to use, five to limit and an ideal pickup.

Must plays

Ersan Ilyasova, PF, Milwaukee Bucks (plus-13 percent)
In consecutive weeks, Ilyasova has gone from one extreme to the other. Milwaukee's three-game schedule is highlighted by a date with the Detroit Pistons and their poor frontcourt on Tuesday. Ilyasova should also be able to put up strong numbers against the Phoenix Suns on Friday.


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