Opponent: Washington Wizards
Gambler's Record: 22-24-1
"You are a smelly, pirate, hooker!"
- Ron Burgundy, Anchorman
The Wizards have lost 11 of their last 12 games. Of those 11 losses, seven have been by double digits.
This is a terrible team, and if the Blazers have taught us anything this season, it's that they can beat bad teams. They are especially good at beating bad teams in front of a home crowd on a weekend.
March Madness may steal some of the thunder in the arena, as fans are siphoned off to area sports bars and houses to watch the games, but there are still plenty of people on the Blazer Bandwagon to get the Rose Garden rocking tonight.
Portland has had some long layoffs lately due to the fact that they have played so many games. You hate to see downtime when your team is getting hot, but tonight I don't think it matters. If anything, tonight's game will be like a scrimmage against a D-league team.
After four days off the guys can come out, play loose, work on some things, and dominate a lesser opponent. In case you've missed some of my subtlety, the Wizards are awful.
Yes, 12.5 points is a big spread, but come on, it's the Wizards. Tonight put your money on the Blazers, keep your eyes on the brackets, have a few beers, and go home happy.
Take the Blazers.