Guys, JJ Hickson is starting at forward. This was a throwaway guy on an injured Blazers team last year. Then you have that dope Javalle who's head is still in the clouds (did you see him piggyback thay guy on opening night???). Ty Lawson, their best, has a strained groin but will likely play. Randy Foye and Anthony Randolph? Nothing to write home about there.
Last game, Aldridge and Lillard played at all-star levels for the Blazers. That was a HUGE positive. No one else contributed which lead to a loss.
The concern is Batum, Lopez, Wesley Matthews and Mo Williams. Also Dorell Wright needs to show up.
They will this game.
Forget the horror show that the Blazers are in Denver (lost 18 of 19).
Denver looked bad against a mediocre Kings team in their first game.
The MAIN REASON you can take the Blazers here is because of rookie coach Brian Shaw.
He transformed Denver's offense from one that pushes tempo and is fast paced to one that relies heavily on half-court sets, and smothering defense. That's a big transition to swallow in your first two games, Home or Away and takes a lot of time to adjust to. Two games isn't enough.
I say they are not ready, the roster is depleted/injured/unimpressive and they get a 'mad as hell' Blazer team who have to open up at home against the Spurs the following night.
You don't want to open against the Spurs at 0-2, on a 15-game losing streak looking half-as$ed the way you did last season.
Home court advantage in the thin air? Not so much in this spot.
The Suns loss was due to Dragic, Bledsoe, Plumlee playing out of their minds, in addition to many other role players stepping up. It was a tsunami of solid basketball with a team that runs and guns (a much easier system embraced by new faces/current players) and the Blazers could never recover.
They will here.
And it's Moneyline time:
To all those who lost on my previous pick, the ML will win it back and then some.
Fade me if you like but it's all coming back my way tonight.