A new week means a new opportunity to cash more bankers and parlays. Let’s take a look at tonight’s NBA card to find the winning NBA picks.
Los Angeles Clippers vs Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers look lost without their leader Damian Lillard. Injuries at his position have also hurt the Blazers ability to absorb his loss. The Blazers are missing Afernee Simons, who was hoped to be able to make a leap in Lillard’s absence. CJ McCollum is a game-time decision with sore ribs, and Nassir Little is a GTD with an ankle injury. The Blazers have lost four of their last five, with their only victory being a home win over the Detroit Pistons. They lost by 31 points to the Spurs and then 28 points to the Celtics. These recent results show how much Damian Lillard was masking a poor roster.
The Clippers have also lost four of their last five, but I expect them to get back on track tonight. The Clippers rested Paul George in one loss to the Kings. They then beat the Lakers in the game where they expended a lot of energy. They suffered the obvious let down spot against the Kings the next night. The Clippers have the Blazers outmatched the one crucial area, their ability to defend. The Clippers also have a much better coach in Ty Lue.
Before the Lillard injury, this would have been a duel of electric superstars. Now Paul George will be by far the best player on the floor. I expect that to shine through and for the Clippers to take advantage of a struggling Blazers team. Today’s Banker is the Los Angeles Clippers -3.
Without Bam Adebayo in the middle, I expect a big night for Memphis Grizzlies big men Steven Adams and Jaren Jackson Jr. The Grizzlies have been playing well against weaker opponents without Ja Morant and this will be their first test against a top team. The Grizzlies and the Heat have one thing in common however, and that is their ability to defend. The Grizzlies have not shown that this season, but with Morant out, increased intensity on the defensive end has helped cue the winning streak.
The Heat become a perimeter-based offense without Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler in the lineup. Butler as a game-time decision but backs are very tricky, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he sits again. The Grizzlies will be able to take advantage of this down low against PJ Tucker and DeWayne Dedmon. Some teams crumble without their superstar, like the Portland Trail Blazers, but the Grizzlies have stepped up to the challenge. I expect the Grizzlies to keep this game close tonight and get the cover against the five points in NBA odds. The first half of our 2-team parlay is Memphis Grizzlies +5.
San Antonio Spurs vs Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns recently had an 18-game winning streak snapped by the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco. The Spurs took advantage of the letdown spot the night after and beat the Warriors in San Francisco. This was the Spurs fourth win in a row. The Spurs team is finally coming together.
With Jacob Poetl back in the middle, the Spurs have a well-balanced lineup. They can defend, shoot on the perimeter, and play solid defense. The Suns will be looking for get back here, but I don’t think they will blow them out as this line of NBA odds suggests. I believe this line is far too high and should be lined at -6. That gives us value on the San Antonio Spurs to cover. The second half of the two-team parlay is the San Antonio Spurs +7.5.