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With the undersized & non-existent defense of the NY frontcourt, if I was David Lee, Al Harrington, & Tim Thomas...

...I'd just turn and walk away if I saw Shaq's eyes wide!

After yours truly anointed the Suns as a major player for the Western crown, the veteran star-laden squad suddenly went into a mini-slump. But to tell you truth, having lost three of four including the MLK embarrassment in Boston, just like laying on some charm for a hair-dresser on the rebound, the time is right to make a move. Especially with the added emotion of facing their former headmaster (who gets the majority of the credit for the Suns dominance the last few years), I expect to see the Suns play with some playoff passion tonight.

Especially with the Black Jesus off his worst game as a pro, I expect Nash & Co. to feed the fired-up beast all night!

While D’Antoni has been magical with a sub-standard roster that has overachieved, without any type of inside presence the Knicks are extremely susceptible to teams with low-post scoring…oh yeah, and tonight, they face a fired-up Amare (aka Black Jesus) coming off the worst game since entering the Association (30 min, 0-7 FG, 3 pts) and hopefully the Diesel (probable-general maintenance) who always enjoys showcasing his dominance on the biggest stage…aka The Garden! As for a lil refresher on who will be trying to stop these two, the undersized rebounding specialist playing center known as David Lee, Al “I hate D” Harrington, and Timmy “I really hate D” Thomas. Btw, I luv the new injury report moniker created by Shaq. While the NFL already gave us “General Sourness”, the Kazaam star needed to serve under his own commander…”General MFin Maintenance!”

Just like the Suns, no matter how you look at Miranda...

...things just seem too good to be true today!

Honestly, across the board things are in Phoenix’s favor tonight. Neither Wilson Chandler nor Q-Richardson have the athletic ability to hang with Jason Richardson...so I fully expect Coach Porter to insist J-Rich attack the rim more aggressively. Throw-in a Suns staff and squad that knows the unique nuances of D’Antoni’s offense (I know you could argue Coach D knows the Suns personnel, but in my opinion that means very little as NY doesn’t have the talent to stop them) and my honest opinion that Amare will absolutely destroy them, and I can’t see how this thing doesn’t reach double-digits tonight…SUNS BY 9-14

Quietly having a phenomenal year, look for JT to have no problem turnin' the corner & raisin'-up on Ridnour 2night!

*Only if Bogut (doubtful) is out. Check in later, we’ll keep you posted

Without Andrew Bogut manning the paint, the Bucks slide from an average defensive and rebounding squad to a horrid FG-allowing and glass cleaning unit. From all accounts, the Australian is out again tonight leaving the ghost of Dan Gadzuric, Charlie “No-D” V, & Malik Allen protecting the paint. While most don’t think of the Mavs as a low-post power, when the match-up presents itself, the German Diggler can methodically & efficiently control the game against an undersized opponent. Throw-in the recent return of the suddenly more aggresive Josh Howard, Antonie Wright’s length & defensive prowess that should cause problems for Michael Redd, the recent fountain-of-youth play from J-Kidd, and arguably the deadliest sniper for the season in J-Terry, and I expect Dallas to pull away late…MAVS BY 8-13 PTS

Considering a Saluki is a dog and the position she's in, I'm guessing it's a sign from the Gambling Gods to roll with SIU!

Southern is much too talented and disciplined of a squad to be sitting in the bottom-half of the MFin MVC (8-10, 3-4). That being said, with two freshmen starting, it’s understandable it’s taken them some time to gel. While conference road contests can be dangerous for youngsters (even if it is against the lousy 4-win Sycamores), the Saluki kids are extremely disciplined and been playing phenomenally of late:

Fr. G Kevin Dillard - last 8 games: 17 ppg, 5 apg, 50 fg%, 50-3pt%
Fr. G Ryan Hare - last 4 games: 11 ppg, 5 rpg, 52 fg%, 50-3pt%

Obviously their rapid development has been aided by 8th year floor general & sharp-shooter Bryan Mullins (10 ppg, 6 apg, 46 3pt%), the unselfish and improved frontcourt play from the 6-8 duo of Carlton Fay & Tony Boyle (20 ppg, 12 rpg, 78 ft%) and the return of 6-11 Fr. Center Nick Evans from a broken hand.

Unlike back in the day, ISU doesn't have a secret weapon!

As for the (4-14) Larry Birds’, they’ve lost five of six, been decimated by injuries to their backcourt, including the last two games for leading scorer & floor general Harry Marshall, and overall, shoot under 40% on the collegiate hardwood. Btw, Marshall is questionable again tonight, but does it really matter if he plays? What does it say about a team when their PG is the leading scorer, has just as many turnovers as assists, and shoots 36% from the field? In closing, the Salukis are playing with extreme confidence and seem ready to make a run, while the Sycamores have once again bored-off their already miniscule fandom…SOUTHERN BY 6-10 POINTS

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Just like Sara, the Cats have a look of confidence of late!

I’ve got to give it to Grandpa Larry…the Bobcats are playing passionately and fundamentally sound. While they were roasted for the J-Rich for Boris & Raja trade, those two role-players have fit in perfectly with Brown’s system (Diaw- 14 ppg, 7 rpg, 5 apg, 47 fg%, 42-3pt% - Bell: 11 ppg, 4 rpg, 2 apg, 39 3pt%), complemented the aggressive styles of Gerald Wallace (last 3 games: 19 ppg, 11 rpg, 3 apg) and Raymond Felton (last 3 games: 17 ppg, 9 apg, 43-3pt%), and kept Emeka Okafor happy with more touches and easy buckets inside (last 5 games: 16 ppg, 10 rpg, 65 fg%).

Unlike this amateur photoshoot, the Grizz youngsters don't seem to be following the coach's directions!

Before losing on last second miss against the Spurs Monday, the Cats O Bob had won three straight and seemed to have turned the corner in-terms of confidence. On the flipside, the Grizz are in an absolute freefall having lost 10 of 11 and appear to be waiting for the axe to fall on their head coach. And while Rudy & O.J. have the ability to blow-up, they’ve struggled making their teammates better and don’t have an established PG to help them develop some consistency. The Cats should cover the six at home tonight, but once again, because of the backend cover and my confidence in the Suns, it doesn’t seem like much of a risk...CATS O BOB BY 7-12 POINTS

If you like the Suns, don't tell a friend, just pull your ear!

I can’t fathom how Shaq, Amare, Grant, Steve, J-Rich, and the Brazilian Bandit don’t destroy the Knickerbockers, but just in-case the Knicks get hot from deep after the Suns call it a night, the teaser prevents the Gambling Gods from bending me over and working a back-end cover.

Posted by Greg Gamble on January 21, 2009 11:43 AM |


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