We finished last week on a great note. We hit all of the Bankers this week! On Friday night we
brought home the parlay as well. We’ll take some of this winning momentum into the new week
and find the winners.
Banker: Orlando Magic vs. Miami Heat
For years, while the Magic were floundering around the 8th seed, fans and observers alike
called for the Magic to do a full-on rebuild but the front office was resistant. Now we see why the
front office was so hesitant. While the rebuild is the smart thing to do, there is a lot of pain along
the way. Magic fans are experiencing this first-hand as they have lost their first two games by an
average of 28 points. The Magic still have plenty of players on the injured list, and maybe can
make a more respectable run as a season ensues, but for now, this is a depleted roster that
The Miami Heat came out with a bang blowing out the Milwaukee Bucks in their season opener
in Miami. They then fell in a tough overtime loss to the Indiana Pacers. The Heat should be
looking to bounce back after a loss they know they could have avoided. The Heat have been left
out of the talks of the Eastern Conference elite, and as such, they have a chip on their shoulder.
I do believe the observers are correct in the Heat being on the fringe of the East elite. However,
beating this depleted Magic roster, which is probably the worst team in the NBA, should not be a
problem. Coming off a loss that they let slip away due to overconfidence, I expect Miami to put
the burners on and compete for the full 48 and win by a comfortable margin. Until the Magic can
get healthier, or the bookmakers get extremely generous with their NBA odds, the Magic are on
the full fade list.
Banker: Miami Heat -14 at -110 (1.91)
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Indiana Pacers
The Bucks have played 2 solid games with a with a poor performance against the Heat
sandwiched in between. The Bucks and Indiana are familiar with each other. Although it’s been
a long road trip, I expect a focused Milwaukee team to come in and play an Indiana team that
has struggled with inconsistency.
The Pacers are still missing their shot creating wing scorers Caris LeVert and TJ Warren. New
Pacers coach Rick Carlisle still hasn’t got a handle on his rotation yet. This Pacers team
struggles against athletic big man and Giannis is the cream of the crop. The Bucks are a short
road favorite, and they should win handily. Let’s make this the 1st half of the parlay.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Pelicans and the Timberwolves will face off again after the Timberwolves squeaked out a 7-
point victory on Friday night. The Timberwolves are the much better team. This current Pelicans
roster is a downgrade from last season’s personnel. Devonte Graham is better at creating his
own shot but is a weaker defender and passer than Lonzo Ball. Zion Williamson is still out for
the Pelicans, making this a challenging start to the season for New Orleans.
Minnesota has looked strong so far this season blowing out the Rockets and then getting the
win over New Orleans. I expect this result to repeat itself as Minnesota would have won by a
wider margin if Karl Anthony Towns had not fouled out with almost 4 minutes remaining. Losing
Towns kept this closing margin closer than the game really played out. This allowed us to get a
bit of line value. Now the number is 2 points lower than it closed on Saturday night. We can take
advantage of that and go back to the well with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
2-Team Parlay: Milwaukee Bucks -3/ Minnesota Timberwolves -5.5 at +259 (3.59)