NEW ORLEANS HORNETS (-10) @ MINNESOTA T-WOLVES
With the Hornets losing last night, CP3 coming off a 4-point outing, and only leading the Western Conference Standings by a game, I expect Byron’s boys to win by 30 tonight. Especially with Minnesota having to travel even farther than NO after losing in Charlotte last night, I expect Paul to look twice as fast early-on against a squad playing two SG’s at the point (Randy Foye & Marko Jaric). While Al Jefferson is an absolute beast and was remarkable last night (40 pts 10 reb), he’s been extremely average on back-to-back games lately (last two back-2-back games: 10 ppg, 6 reb) and should have his hands full with the Chandler/West Combo. Basically...
Basically, the Hornets need this badly and Marko Jaric just needs to continue dating Adrianna Lima badly!...Hornets by 30-36 points
DETROIT PISTONS (+4) @ PHILLY 76ERS
Hey Azzholes, I know the Pistons have played their bench for much of the last two weeks, but look for the 21st Century Bad Boys to get things rolling with 5-games remaining…especially with the Western Conference creeping closer to their home-court advantage if they make it to the Finals. While you can understand a less than motivated output versus the Knickerbockers last night, tonight they play a potential playoff match-up in the 76ers who also beat them in Detroit the last time they played. Rumors have Rip Hamilton (quest-hip) returning and you have to expect his fellow starters will also be looking to improve on last night’s miserable shooting performance in limited minutes (Billups, Prince, McDyess, Wallace: 10-42 FGs). As for the Sixers, while they continue to surprise and have been one of the best teams over the 2nd half, I refuse to believe their much more than an average squad that has played harder than their opponents, and often times, catches teams napping on them. And that’s not gonna happen tonight as the Pistons send a message that their still the class of the East…Pistons by 6-10 points
SEATTLE SUPERSONICS (+16) @ HOUSTON ROCKETS
I just see the Rockets resting regulars once their up, while the Sonics play Durant (last 5 gms: 22 ppg, 5 rpg, 4 apg) Jeff Green (last 5 gms: 18 ppg, 6 rpg) and Nick Collison (last 5 gms: 13 ppg, 11 rpg) big-time minutes. Not to mention, Durant shot 2-17 versus the Rockets last Friday and should be hyped to prove he can play with T-Mac, and PG Earl Watson is trying to prove that he should be starter at the point for whatever team in plays for next year (last 5 gms: 15 ppg, 8 apg)…Rockets by 8-12 points