After a light Tuesday night slate, 26 of the 30 NBA teams are in action tonight. After examining
the vast board of NBA odds, which team will we make our Banker and who will form the two-
Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Lakers
The Heat were rolling. They were off to a great start to this NBA season in first place in their
conference with a 7-2 record. They then hit a roadblock in Denver. Not only did they lose
soundly, but the game was also marred by an in-game altercation between Nugget’s center
Nikola Jokic and Heat forward Markieff Morris.
For a team that has struggled with focus on the road and can sometimes play down to their
competition, this confrontation was the wakeup call this team needed to get themselves in gear
for a West Coast road trip. These types of incidents often bring a team together. I feel that this is
the case already with the ultra-talented Heat.
The Heat have an +8.6-point differential, and are second in the league in points against, at
101.5. This defensive-minded, long, athletic team will pose big problems for the Los Angeles
The Lakers are an older veteran team trying to come together. The Lakers struggle with young,
quick, athletic, and hungry opponents. The Heat fit the bill and will get back on a winning streak
tonight. Usually, I’m hesitant to lay the points with the road chalk, but this is a smash spot
situation! Take the Heat.
Banker: Miami Heat -4 at -112 (1.89)
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Washington Wizards
The Cavaliers continue to be one of the most undervalued teams in the league. With a record of
7-4, the Cavaliers are off to an outstanding start. The Cavaliers are exceeding all expectations.
Their opponents tonight, the Washington Wizards, are off to an even better start at 7-3.
Still, the fact that Cleveland is getting 4.5 points here is wrong! Adjusting for home court
advantage, the line is telling me that the Wizards are 7 points better than the Cleveland
There is no way that is true. All the value here is on the Cleveland Cavaliers. They will once
again show how improved their team is. Cavaliers’ standout rookie Evan Mobley is a game
changer. Grab the Cavaliers and enjoy watching this man go to work.
Milwaukee Bucks vs New York Knicks
This is a tough spot for Milwaukee, who are already shorthanded and played a tough game
against the 76ers last night. Although it isn’t much travel from Philadelphia to New York, this is
still a tough task for a team that is still missing the two starters and a key reserve in Khris
Middleton, Brook Lopez, and Donte Divincenzo.
The Bucks are a great team, but they are not in good form right now. The Bucks are relying too
much on a roster that is spread thin due to injuries. The Knicks got a nice win over a depleted
76ers team on Monday night. They will do the same against a depleted Bucks team on
Wednesday. A franchise that seemed cursed in the past has been blessed with some good
fortune this week. Lay the points. Take the Knicks.
2-Team Parlay: Cleveland Cavaliers + 4/New York Knicks -3 at +265 (3.65)