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With NY in tank mode and NJ sitting 1.5 gms out of the playoffs, we may see these two smile on the road for once

Considering the horrible atmosphere that’s surrounded Knickerbocker Land all year (and the last couple for that matter), its amazing things are even worse as the sun comes up today. With Isiah acting even stranger with his termination inevitable, rumors of Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh in the Gotham City GM mix, and their best player all season (Zach Randolph) being a healthy DNP last few games, I think the Knicks will struggle to cover five games from here on out. In Minny Saturday Night, NY was embarrassed by 21 and featured a starting line-up that included F/C Randolph Morris (1-7 Fgs, 3 rebs), rookie F Wilson Chandler, journeyman G Fred Jones, not to mention, 34 minutes for new 6th man Mardy Collins. Tonight, they face a Nets squad that amazingly is still only a game and a half out of the final playoff spot, and...

Expect the Nets to walk into NY with confidence tonight!

Tonight, they face a Nets squad that amazingly is still only a game and a half out of the final playoff spot, and still features two go-to veterans (Vinsanity & RJ) that would be humiliated if they lost in front of Spike Lee. With PG Devin Harris & F/C Nenad Krstic still providing some new energy on the floor for the Nets, I don’t see how the Nets don’t show playoff intensity in a must-win game tonight…Nets by 8-12 points

Just as you don't earn flowers at a bikini contest for no reason, the DET bench has earned their minutes cause of solid play

While the line is low because the Pistons are coming off a late night trip from DC, with Flip’s veteran crew in the midst of a 2-game losing streak I don’t see how they aren’t poised to right-the-ship tonight. In addition, the Pistons continue to increase the minutes of their hard-working bench (Jason Maxiell, Rodney Stuckey, Jarvis Hayes, Amir Johnson, & Theo Ratliff), which has proven to tire opponents and enabled a little more gas-in-the-tank for their starters come of the 4th quarter. Tonight they face an improving Suns squad that has won 7-straight, but if you look at their victories (Seattle, Portland, Memphis, Sacramento, and at home against GST, SA, & HOU) it’s not like they’ve flipped the switch and figured everything out. Especially with Raja Bell going down with an ankle injury (questionable for tonight), the Suns miniscule bench looks even worse, as seen on Saturday when only two players left the pine (Boris Diaw & Gordan Giricek). While Amare will continue his dominance of late and The Diesel might have a few thunderous dunks, I except the bevy of veteran scoring options on Detroit to slow this down, exploit the half-court mismatches, and easily handle D’Antoni’s shrinking rotation…Pistons by 6-10 points


Sporting some Cal yellow in a sandbox must be a sign!

The Bears are loaded in the frontcourt with veteran NBA prospects 6-10 Jr. Ryan Anderson (21 ppg, 10 rpg), 6-11 Sr. DeVon Hardin (10 ppg, 7 rpg), & 6-8 So. Jamal Boykin (8 ppg, 4 rpg, 43-3pt%), while their starting backcourt has combined to average 27 ppg, 6 rpg, & 6 apg and shown the ability to catch-fire from deep. While they barely pulled-out a victory against a solid New Mexico State squad, I believe the contest may have riled-up their NIT-mojo in comparison to the easy victory the Buckeyes scored against UNC-Asheville. While the Buckeyes have a shown a nice spark of late, they don’t have a legit go-to scorer and rely on Sr. playmaker Jamar Butler (15 ppg, 6 apg, & 39-3pt%) & Fr. 7-footer Kosta Koufos (14 ppg, 7 rpg, & 49-fg%) to open things-up for others. Especially with Cal superstar Ryan Anderson wanting to proved that he’s the most underrated big-man in the country, and having Hardin to help out defensively, I expect the Bears to outscore Buckeyes down low. On the perimeter, while Butler is as sound as the come, Cal’s 5-10 PG Jerome Randle has the quickness to hang with the Sr., not to mention, running mate 6-5 Pat Christopher (16 ppg) should outscore Ohio State’s youngsters on the wing all by his lonesome. Even though I like Cal’s chances straight-up, the Buckeyes are a better coached squad and will have the home-court advantage that could make the difference down the stretch tonight…Buckeyes in a close one

While the Braves don't have the longest of legs in their frontcourt, their undersized forwards have really stepped-up!

After all the drama for Bradley after some mid-season suspension/injuries that ruined their Big Dance hopes, I believe Sr. G’s Jeremy Crouch (16 ppg, 42-3pt) & Daniel Ruffin (15 ppg, 6 apg, 39-3pt%) are determined to head-out on high-note and expect them to shoot lights-out at home against a Bobcats squad that has lost their last 4 on the road. Throw-in the improved play of 6-5 Jr. Theron Wilson (last 6 games: 18 ppg & 7 rpg), 6-7 Jr. Matt Salley (last 4 games: 8 ppg & 10 rpg), and the return of 6-5 So. Andrew Warren (13 ppg, 4 rpg, 38-3pt%) who played his 1st game Wednesday after missing the previous five, and I expect the Braves to advance past a talented but underachieving Ohio squad…Braves by 6-10 points

Posted by Greg Gamble on March 24, 2008 11:20 AM |


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