NBA Betting Picks for 10/21/21 Banker and Parlay

By @SpreadAstaire

A three-game slate provides a great opportunity for a banker and a parlay. After examining the
NBA odds, let’s take a look at which teams will lead to a profitable Thursday night.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Atlanta Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks were the breakout team of the 2020 season, and I expect their momentum
to continue into this season. The Hawks made the leap from the lottery to the Eastern
Conference Finals behind the strength of the development of point guard Trae Young, and
strong additions of Bogdan Bogdanovic and Danilo Gallinari. The Hawks continued the
development of Kevin Huerter, John Collins, and DeAndre Hunter to become a strong all-around
roster. Clint Capela is the anchor in the middle with his excellent defensive skills. Right now, the
Hawks roster looks loaded. If they can stay healthy, they are poised to make another deep
playoff run.

The Dallas Mavericks are going to be an exceptional team, but this is a tough matchup for them
to start their season. Luka Doncic does not have the strong supporting cast that his counterpart
on the Hawks Trae Young has. This will be the difference in the ball game. The Hawks have
more depth, and they should win the bench minutes when Luka and Trae are on the bench.
Looking at these rosters the Hawks second unit is much stronger than the Mavericks second

The Hawks are in their second season under coach Nate McMillan while the Mavericks are
going through their first coaching turnover in over a decade. The Mavericks got rid of a well-
respected coach Rick Carlisle for the unproven Jason Kidd. The Hawks have a stronger roster,
stronger continuity, and better coaching staff. With the banker, I’m going to lay the points on the
Atlanta Hawks.

BANKER: Atlanta Hawks -2.5 at -110 (1.91)

2-Team Parlay

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat

The Milwaukee Bucks are involved in another high-profile matchup. After defeating their
second-round playoff opponent, they now face their first-round playoff opponent, the Miami
Heat. The Heat and the Bucks have a nice rivalry brewing. The Bucks definitely gained the
upper hand and bragging rights by sweeping Miami 4-0 in the first round of the playoffs last
season. The Bucks came out the gate strong with a decisive win over the Brooklyn Nets and will

be looking to get their first road win against a Miami Heat team that has been very strong at
home over the last 5 years.

Miami made some notable additions from the squad that lost to Milwaukee last season, mainly
PJ Tucker and Kyle Lowry. Both veteran players should augment Miami’s already formidable
defense. They will be motivated, especially PJ Tucker, who is playing against his former
teammates with whom he won a championship last season. Unfortunately for their Heat and
their plans for revenge, Milwaukee is already in midseason form. The Bucks have plenty to
prove, even coming off all the plaudits of a championship season. I expect the Bucks recent
dominance of the Heat to continue. The Bucks will improve to 2-0.

Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Everybody watched the Warriors upset the Lakers to open the season. This will cause the
Warriors to be overvalued after defeating a Lakers team that is still working through injuries,
rotation, and chemistry. This puts us in a great position to back a home underdog, with
everybody ready to pencil the Warriors into the Western Conference Finals. The Clippers will
expose that the Warriors problems from last season still exist. They match up the Warriors
small-ball style of lineup much better than the Lakers. The Warriors made the Lakers look old
and slow (which they are) but this will be a much different game against the Los Angeles

The Clippers have a younger, quicker roster and would be able to keep pace with the small ball
3-point launching style of play that the Warriors prefer. The Warriors great opening night
performance is a boon for us to grab the points. The Warriors are being overvalued in this
position against the Clippers team that is being overlooked due to the season-long loss of Kawhi
Leonard. Even without Leonard, the Clippers were able to hang tough against the Utah Jazz
and the Phoenix Suns in last year’s playoffs. They have shown they can still be a top team in
the West even without their superstar. Paul George and Andrew Wiggins should be a great
matchup, but if Paul George can have his way, the Warriors will have problems. I like the
Clippers here to get the upset and shock a Warriors team who have already celebrated an
opening night victory in Los Angeles.

Parlay: Milwaukee Bucks -1.5 + Los Angeles Clippers +3.5 at +260 (3.6)

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