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GAME 45/82: vs. Denver, Special Open Game Thread; SACRAMENTO, MEET RON-RON.

It's time. To the lineups!

PG - Andre Miller
SG - DerMarr Johnson?
SF - Carmelo Anthony
PF - Kenyon Martin
C  - Francisco Elson

PG - Mike Bibby, All-Star longshot
SG - Kevin Martin, Rook-Soph challenge shoe-in
SF - Ron Artest, All-Star over Stern's dead body
PF - Kenny Thomas, All-WAC first team
C  - Brad Miller, All-Star if Yao and Camby don't get healthier

The line: -2.5. I don't know. Denver's pretty good. They probably shouldn't be getting points at a team eight games under. I don't know.

Fun bet o' the night: I love bets like this one from Bodog - Mike Bibby (-8) versus Andre Miller (+8) in points plus assists. I'd probably pick Miller and err on the side of low-scoringness.

Sideshow most likely to be entertaining: What Ron-Ron related signs will the crack staff at Maloofs Sports and Entertainment whip up? I can't start to imagine.

Best matchup: Melo vs. Ron-Ron. Also, Bonzi vs. the urge to come back too quickly in order to take a bit of limelight back from Artest.

Can't wait for the crowd explosion when Artest is introduced. As unstable as the guy has proven to be, a nice boisterous welcome from Sactown could delay the inevitable. Loud and proud, y'all.

It's on. To seven games under!