It is a quieter evening in the NBA. We have less games to choose from. Let’s find in the winners
on this three-game NBA slate.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Milwaukee Bucks
The 76ers have an injury problem. The Sixers are already playing shorthanded without Matisse
Thybulle and Tobias Harris. Now the hammer has dropped. Joel Embiid has entered the Covid
safety protocols. A Sixers team embroiled in controversy was already missing one of its max
contract players Ben Simmons. Embiid and the rest of the Sixers were proving to the league
that they did not need him racing off to an 8-2 start. This had to feel good for a team that had to
hear about their recalcitrant teammate all offseason.
Embiid is the heart and soul of this team, leading the team in points and rebounds in almost
every game. The offense runs through him and the defense is anchored by him. This team put
up a effort to be proud of on Monday night, but playing short-handed, fatigue and lack of talent
caught up to them against the New York Knicks. Now on a back-to-back and they play the
Milwaukee Bucks team who are facing injury issues of their own. But the Bucks have their best
With Giannis Antetokounmpo on the floor, and no Embiid to match him, the Bucks have a
serious advantage in this game. The Sixers should fight well, but in the end, the fatigue from
playing short-handed for all these games will catch up to them. This Bucks team needs a win to
get back on track, so I expect a fully focused effort as the Bucks cover the NBA odds. Today’s
Banker is the Milwaukee Bucks – 6.
Banker: Milwaukee Bucks -6 at -110 (1.91)
Atlanta Hawks vs. Utah Jazz
Well Atlanta does not have the same injury issues; fatigue will be a concern for this tean here
tonight. The Hawks are on a long West Coast road trip. They played a high-paced game in
Golden State last night. Scoring has been down all across the NBA, especially in games
featuring tired teams. With Atlanta’s fatigue situation, I could see them failing to score, falling
short on jump shots and falling behind in a game that now has blown out potential.
Blowouts tend to go under. The NBA has been trending under. That is the angle we are
attacking. For the first half of the parlay, we will play the under in the Atlanta Hawks vs Utah
Portland Trail Blazers vs. LA Clippers
This will be the third meeting between these two teams in this short season. Both teams have
won by a significant margin at home. On October 25th, the Trailblazers visited Los Angeles and
fell 116-86. On October 29th the Clippers headed up to Portland and lost 111-92. With these
two teams and similar positions in the standings, this game should be important for tiebreaker
After two blowouts, I expect that we will finally see a close game between these evenly matched
teams. Both teams are coming together and found some chemistry since the opening two
weeks of the season when they last met. The Blazers have played up and down, but I believe
they play up tonight and we get a very close game.
The Clippers can be over reliant on Paul George. I like the Blazers more versatile scoring attack
more in this rubber match and. CJ McCollum and Norman Powell provide an excellent change
of pace from the heavy dose of Dame Lillard that the Clippers can expect. These two teams
have a rivalry with each other, so we should get an intense game of basketball tonight. I like the
Blazers to get the first road win in the series.
2-Team Parlay: Jazz/Hawks under 222.5/Portland Trail Blazers +3 at +265 (3.65)