A fun and profitable NBA season continues with an 11-game slate. Let’s end the week right with a Banker that will cash and a two winning 2 team parlay.
Chicago Bulls vs Golden State Warriors
The Chicago Bulls have lived up to the hype and expectations that their off-season created. The Bulls are 8-3 to start the season. Their opponents tonight, the Golden State Warriors, have a better record at 10-1. However, we must factor in that the Bulls have accumulated their record against much tougher teams.
Yes, the Warriors have won six in a row. However, all six of the teams they defeated have a record under 500. Of the 11 games they’ve played so far, only two of their opponents currently have winning records. So, while the Warriors season start is impressive and exactly what you’d expect from a team that is hoping to contend, we must take their gaudy statistics with a grain of salt.
The Bulls will be missing Nikola Vucevic for this game. Yet, because of his weaker defense and the increased availability of good shooting options for the Bulls, he will not be missed as much as he would have in the past. Chicago’s defense has been much improved, and they can absorb the loss of Vucevic on the offensive end. Plus, Vucevic’s primary replacement, Tony Bradley, improves their defense.
In what should be a great game between two of the NBA’s best performing teams so far, I will take the points with the Chicago Bulls team that is hungry, much improved, and has plenty to prove. I like the Bulls to keep it close and they can even win outright. Today’s Banker is the Chicago Bulls +3.
Banker: Chicago Bulls +3 at -112 (1.89)
Denver Nuggets vs Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks are in a mighty tough scheduling spot here as they have played a very tough West Coast swing this week. The Hawks have lost their last five games, including three on the road to the Suns, Warriors, and Jazz. They continue this Western Conference gauntlet against Denver. Denver is a team that will be eager to get their team leader Nikola Jokic back after a 1 game suspension for an in-game altercation with Markieff Morris on the Miami Heat.
Michael Porter Jr has been missing for the Nuggets the last 2 games with a back injury. This has presented an opportunity for last year’s draft pick Zeke Nnaji. Nnaji had a career-high 19 points filling in for Porter’s absence in their win over the Indianapolis Pacers on Wednesday night.
Other Nuggets such as Monte Morris and Will Barton stepped up in the surprising win. This Western Conference contender is becoming a strong team. I believe the Hawks will be fatigued and they will have problems covering the spread of 5 points.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics
After a slow start marred by injuries, the Bucks have played themselves into form. They have figured out how to make do in the absence of All Star Khris Middleton. Giannis Antetokounmpo has been dominating as usual, but increased contributions from role players such as Bobby Portis and Pat Connaughton have returned the Bucks to their winning ways.
The Celtics are definitely downgraded by the loss of Jaylen Brown who is an excellent shot creator and defensive presence for the team. Other Celtics can make up for his absence on the offensive end, but on the defensive end the Celtics are markedly downgraded by his absence.
I expect the Bucks to continue their short win streak and continue to build momentum to push themselves back to the top of the Eastern Conference.
2-Team Parlay: Denver Nuggets-4.5/Milwaukee Bucks -1.5 at +255 (3.55)