Where: Verizon Center
Where: Verizon Center
The battle of the two worst teams in the league is happening tonight. This game has no significance what so ever in terms of the playoffs. It does have some amount of importance in draft position, because if the Bobcats made some sort of run and compiled a few wins together , maybe the Wizards could get a better spot for the lottery. That scenario is highly unlikely though. On the other hand this is the third of four times we will face the Bobcats this year. The Wizards won the first two times, but some of the biggest contributors for the Wizards in that game won’t be playing tonight for the Wizards, whether it is due to injury or being traded. Trevor Booker and Nene are both game-time decisions for this one. I think the final outcome will depend on whether they play, but assuming they don’t, I think the Bobcats will win 95-91, John Wall will play great against Kemba Walker.
Here is the link to this week’s NBA power rankings: http://espn.go.com/nba/powerrankings/_/year/2012/week/8. Here is what Marc Stein (the guy who makes these rankings) wrote about the Wizards “If we weren’t already headed for the most delicious rookie/soph game of all time — with Rubio and Blake on the same squad and Jeremy Lin added to the party right after Commissioner Stern vowed not to add him — John Wall fuming about Shaq and Chuck drafting 11 players before him pretty much clinches it.” Only reason why they were 28th was because of their good week 2 weeks ago (they got up 26th), but in my opinion overall they should be 29th, only ahead of the lowly Bobcats.
When: 7 P.M. ET
Where: Verizon Center, Washington. D.C.
Spread: Wizards -4.5?
The Wizards and Raptors meet up again in what should be a classic battle that nobody cares about. The Wizards coming off drubbing to the Clippers are now 4-20 and are looking worse than ever while the Raptors bring their 3 game losing streak to the Nation’s capital (last win was against the Wizards…). Just like the game a few days ago, the Raptors are still without Andrea Bargnani and normally that would make a difference but with the Wizards it should be status quo. Somehow the Wizards are favored, I know the Raptors are bad and they are at home (by the way tickets were available today at stubhub.com for $1. that is not a typo, and some might consider those overpriced for this event) they still should not be favored against any team other than the Bobcats. If you have children interested in getting into basketball, please keep them away from this game.
So I was just sitting around minding my own business trying to watch the Wizards and Raptors game and I read on ESPN that the Wizards are actively trying to trade Andray Blatche which for any Wizard fan is great news.
ESPN’s Marc Stein reported “Sources close to the situation say that the Wizards had been trying to engage Charlotte on a Blatche-for-Tyrus Thomas swap.The Wizards would naturally prefer Boris Diaw and his expiring contract — with the bonus of knowing that Diaw’s passing eye could only give the wild Wiz a much-needed boost to their basketball IQ — but the ever-thrifty Bobcats aren’t about to take on the remaining three years (worth nearly $23 million) on Blatche’s contract if Thomas’ similarly hefty deal isn’t headed the other way.”
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