Just stop already.
The Blazers have already played the most games of any NBA team, but the blows keep coming, and now the NBA’s most exhausted team (there really is no fact to back this up, but if you watched the game last night, you know what I speak of) has a back-to-back game on the road against a Phoenix Suns team that has won five consecutive games. Sure, why not? Also, the Suns will be playing with a nerf basketball on a six foot hoop (finally, Steve Nash will dunk) while the Blazers will be forced to use a medicine ball and shoot upon the novelty 25-point basket—last seen in the MTV Rock and Jock game—in the rafters.
As Portland barrels towards eight losses in their past dozen games without Brandon Roy, the Suns are basking in a win streak that has (temporarily) muzzled the deafening Amare Stoudemire trade chatter. Unless Stoudemire is moved this afternoon (*crosses fingers, suggestively rubs Steve Kerr voodoo doll*) the Suns will enter the All-Star break firmly in the middle of the playoff hunt with their leading scorer still on the roster. The Suns are the team you want to play after posting a weak 77 points the previous night, but with Nash all-but guaranteed a double-double, Stoudemire scoring at will, and the hulking Robin Lopez under the net, this is not an ideal matchup for a Blazers team running on fumes. Let’s just get this over with.
Las Vegas Line: Phoenix -9