The NBA has provided us a 13-game slate to get us prepared for a long Thanksgiving weekend. There are many opportunities to find value on the board, but which team will be the Banker and which team will be our 2-team parlay?
Atlanta Hawks vs San Antonio Spurs
This game features two teams on opposite five-game streaks. The Hawks have won five in a row while the Spurs have lost their last five. The Hawks win streak has come on a homestand, so let’s see how they fare when they venture on the road, where they are currently 1-8 on the season. Fortunately for the Hawks, they play a Spurs team that has not protected their home court very well. The Spurs are a meager at 2-5 at home this year and 4-12 on the year.
Atlanta is led by Trae Young, but they field one of the deepest rosters in the NBA. Even with the recent loss of DeAndre Hunter, the Hawks have plenty of players capable of stepping in to provide positive contributions. Cam Reddish will be one of the major beneficiaries of Hunter’s absence and looks to increase his 23 minutes per game. Reddish is currently averaging 12 points and 3 rebounds per game as well as providing fantastic defense. The Hawks are anchored by Clint Capela in the middle. While once they were a team that could score and failed to defend, they are much more balanced now.
The Spurs ended their playoff streak last season and are trying to develop a young roster full of talent. This is a smart longterm move, but currently this team lacks veteran experience in how to win and close basketball games. The youth movement has given an opportunity for Dejounte Murray to develop into the team leader. Murray leads the team with 18 points and 8 rebounds and 8 assists per game. The Spurs have a young roster and most of the players will continue to get better as the season continues. Yet this is a work in progress and the team does experience growing pains.
The Hawks are much better at this point of the season. They have a stronger mix of veterans and young players in order to get victories, especially in tight games. I like the Hawks here to get it done and to cover the NBA odds of the game spread of -4. Let’s start the holiday weekend right by cashing the Banker of Atlanta Hawks – 4.
Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics
The Nets and the Celtics will both be excited for this matchup. Jayson Tatum and Kevin Durant are the best small forwards in the league. Both will be eager to showcase their skills while facing each other. While the Nets might have a slight edge in star power, the Celtics have a much deeper roster. With Marcus Smart, Dennis Schroder, Al Horford, and Robert Williams supporting Tatum and Jaylen Brown, the Celtics have a more balanced attack. They are stocked with more versatile defenders. The Celtics are underrated by statistical models due to their slow start with the absence of Brown and the transition to a new coach. The team is starting to come together, and the recent results show as the Celtics have won four of their last five.
I expect the Celtics to get a win in a high-profile game that is considered to be even by NBA odds. The Celtics depth will shine through, and they will give their home fans a holiday treat by getting a Thanksgiving victory.
Chicago Bulls vs Houston Rockets
The Chicago Bulls have had a great season but are coming off one of their most devastating losses, a 32-point loss to the Indiana Pacers on Monday night. The Bulls will be looking to bounce back. The Houston Rockets might be the unfortunate recipient of a strong effort in order to wash the bad taste out of their mouth.
While I do like the pieces that the Rockets have added in their rebuild, the results this season have been absolutely terrible. They are 1-16 on the year. The Rockets have many great individual scorers but have problems coming together as a team and defending. The NBA odds on the side are about right as my numbers come to 9 in Houston. Where we find the value of course is on the under 213. Houston is having problems breaking 100 points, doing it only once in the last five games. I expect the Bulls to have blowout potential here, yet still the under is much safer. The last part of this two-team parlay is the under 213