We started the week off right with another winning Banker and Parlay. Tonight, we take aim at another sweep as we look ahead to a three-game slate in the NBA. Three games. Three winners. Let’s go!
Phoenix Suns vs Portland Trail Blazers
The reigning Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns are in a bit of trouble at the moment. Both of their two young stars are out, leaving Chris Paul by himself with the role-players. They head to Portland to take on a Trail Blazers team that is starting to get healthy. The return of Damian Lillard to the lineup hides a bunch of flaws on his Trail Blazers roster.
Even at full strength, the Trail Blazers match up fairly well with this Phoenix Suns team, who do not have the size to punish their smaller back court. The Trail Blazers have a bad habit of starting the season slow, and this year appears to be no different. The Trailblazers usually get back on track, and that’s what they will be attempting to do tonight. Even without CJ McCollum, the backcourt of Damian Lillard and Norman Powell should be enough here to take on a Phoenix Suns team that is missing its 2 young stars. The Suns will also be battling fatigue. They lost to the Clippers and traveled from Los Angeles last evening.
The Trail Blazers have some of the widest home-road splits of any team in the NBA. We get them at home tonight which is I decided advantage for this team in turmoil looking for direction. They get a great opportunity tonight to take advantage of a weakened Suns team and get a high-profile win. I like Portland to get it done tonight. Tonight’s banker is the Portland Trail Blazers +3.
Golden State Warriors vs New York Knicks
What a weird travel situation the NBA put the Golden State Warriors in. After playing in Philadelphia on national TV on Saturday night, they flew to Indiana to take on the Pacers on Monday. Now they have to fly back to New York to take on the Knicks in a national TV game. The story around the Warriors right now is Steph Curry trying to set the all-time 3-point record. The drama around this record is completely manufactured in my opinion because three-pointers were not really encouraged by coaches to be shot in a high-volume until the last 7 years.
While I believe that the media is overhyping this, the Warriors have bought in and the team is definitely struggling as they try to get Curry the record. Curry is only two 3-pointers away from setting it so I’m sure a wave of relief will happen as he breaks the record in the mecca of basketball, the Madison Square Garden, tonight.
It will be interesting to see how the Warriors respond to the record finally being broken. Will a tidal wave of relief crash over them? Will they finally returned to their loose and free playing style that has catapulted them to the top of the league standings this season? Or will the constant tension and media scrutiny wear them down and will they fall flat after a grueling road trip with a lot of extra media attention?
I think the pomp and circumstance surrounding this record is wearing the Warriors down in the Knicks have a great opportunity to take advantage of a tired Warriors team under extra scrutiny. The Knicks get a chance to fly under the radar here and play a no pressure brand of basketball. I believe the Knicks can keep this one close and cover the three and a half points of NBA odds. The first half of the two-team parlay at the New York Knicks +3.5.
Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets
Yes, the Nets are much better team the Toronto Raptors but the 8.5 points in NBA odds here is far too steep. The Raptors have a long athletic frontcourt that can trouble the Nets. They have the shooting to go ahead and keep this game close. I have this lined at 6.5 so the 8.5 points NBA odds is a gift. Not really much of a handicap here as, simply put, the number is wrong. The Raptor started slow which is lowering their overall power ratings, but lately this team is coming together and deserves more respect than what the oddsmakers I have given them here. The second half of the two-team parlay is the Toronto Raptors +8.5