CHARLOTTE HORNETS @ NEW JERSEY NETS (-3)
With Lawrence Frank still coaching like it’s the Little League World Series (no pun intended), a new floor general in Devin Harris, and RJ & Vinsanity still playing 40 minutes a night, I can’t see how the Nets allow the Bobcats to embarrass them at their place tonight. Last Saturday, playing off a back-to-back after being officially eliminated from the playoffs, the Nets rolled in Milwaukee by 13 and looked like the globetrotters dishing out 34 assists. Of course it came against the worst defensive team in the Association (how the hell do you let the Bulls put-up 151), but it proves the Nets still have the little tickers in their hearts working. Throw-in a plethora of bigs that are competing for jobs and contracts next year (Krstic, Diop, Swift, & Williams) and I expect the Nets to easily handle the undermanned Cats O’ Bob. While Charlotte looked impressive in a victory in Indiana on Saturday, do you really think a starting line-up that includes Matt Carroll, rookie Jared Dudley, and without do-everything Gerald Wallace can get it done again…I’d bet my DVD collection of Straight-off-the-Boat Asians that it ain’t happening. And with injuries throughout the Bobcat roster...
And with injuries throughout the Bobcat roster, the only players Coach Vincent will probably have available for tonight’s contest are Nazr Mohammed, Earl Boykins, Some-dude Hollins, & Some-dude Davidson. What else needs to be said…Nets by 8-12 points
ORLANDO MAGIC (-2) @ ATLANTA HAWKS
After all the stress the last month of trying to capture the final playoff spot, do you really think the young Hawks didn’t have little Cristal and say hello to a few Hot-Lanta groupies after they clinched last night? Yeah, I think they’ll be sweating-out a little booze and boobies today. As for the Magic, with Stan the Hedgehog running the show you know Orlando will be playing with some intensity tonight, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw most of their starters garner at least 30 minutes. Throw-in a solid backcourt bench looking to improve their chances for playoff minutes (Dooling, Arroyo, Bogans, & Reddick) and a veteran frontcourt on the pine looking to prove the same (Foyle, Garrity, & Augustine), and I expect the Magic to jump out to an early lead and their bench to do more than just hold it…Magic by 8-12 points
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES @ PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS (-11)
As absurd as this must sound in today’s NBA, even with the Blazers out of the playoffs their actually playing hard and determined to finish the season ova .500…I know, frickin’ unbelievable. While Roy & Aldridge have continued their season-long impressive play to match with the consistent play of Jack & Blake, the unexpected efficiency of Channing Frye since the Pryzbilla injury has everyone in Blazerland even more excited for next season (last 3 games: 17 ppg, 12 rpg, & 66-fg%). Add-in the scoring options from the bench (Outlaw & Jones) and a veteran center trying to prove he still belongs in the NBA (LaFrentz) and I expect the underrated Portland fans to be treating this like a playoff game for their 40-40 squad. As for the Grizz, they just lost at home to the T-Wolves by 9, will probably be without Mike Miller again, and have the worst frontcourt in the NBA (starters- Andre Brown & Warrick ; bench- Milicic, Kwame, & a Collins brother). Oh yeah, and do you really think their excited to head out to Portland & Denver to finish out their abysmal NBA season? Yeah, me neither...Blazers by 18-22