UNC CHARLOTTE 49ERS VS UMASS MINUTEMEN (-3.5)
After a slow start to conference play, the Minutemen have been the most dominate team in the A-10 winning 6-straight by an average of 14 ppg. With 6-7 Sr. Gary Forbes (20 ppg, 8 rpg) 6-8 Sr. Etienne Bower (last 12 gms: 16 ppg, 7 rpg), 6-9 Sr. Dante Milligan (64-fg%, 2 bpg) dominating the middle, and a starting backcourt (Lowe & Harris) averaging 30 ppg & 8 apg, UMASS is definitely one of my sleepers come tourney time. As for the 49ers, while they’ve won 4 straight, all have been against teams with a losing record in conference. UNC Charlotte’s entire offense runs through...
UNC Charlotte’s entire offense runs through 5-11 Sr. Leemire Goldwire (19 ppg, 38-fg%, and only 2 apg), while the remaining roster is full of freshmen and 1st year transfers that simply try to snag the little man’s many misses…The Minutemen by 6-10 points
GOLDEN ST WARRIORS (+6) @ PHOENIX SUNS
The Warriors cause all kinds of match-up problems for the Suns, as seen in GST’s 2-0 record against PHX this year, and that was before the Matrix left town. Steve Nash can’t handle Baron’s bouncing-azz or Monte Ellis’s speed, while the newly acquired Diesel will be virtually useless against the up-tempo style Nellie runs. The Suns biggest asset of late has been Amare, but tonight, he’ll have the lengthy and athletic Andris Biedrins chasing him around the Nash pick-n-roll. Throw-in newcomer Gordan Giricek who played 31 minutes Tuesday because the Suns have absolutely no-bench outside of Barbosa & Diaw, and the Warriors swingmen have another match-up to exploit. While some may be scared of GST coming off a back-to-back, this is a TNT match-up and Baron always makes sure to get the boys riled-up for Sir Charles…Warriors by 2-6 points
PORTLAND BLAZERS @ SACTOWN KINGS (-3)
With the return of Ronny Artest from a foot injury Sunday, the Kings shocked the Lakers in Hollywood by pulling off an upset. Led by Beno Udrih (25 pts, 10 ass, 2 to), the Kings shot 55% and showed a balanced attack with 6 players scoring 14 points or more. Overall, the Kings have been solid at home (18-12) and have only struggled against teams with an attacking PG or low-post behemoth. Tonight, they face a Blazer squad that has neither (Steve Blake & Joel Pryzbilla) and will be playing their 5th road game in seven nights…and their 1st one west of Minnesota. Look for the Kings to jump out early and keep this between 5 and 10 all night…Kings by 6-10 points