It’s a Wednesday night packed with action. We have plenty of options across the NBA board. After perusing the NBA odds, I have come up with a winning Banker and 2 team parlay.
Houston Rockets vs Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been the surprise success story of the NBA so far this season. The Cavaliers absolutely knocked it out of the park with their draft pick of Evan Mobley and he has made an instant impact. Ricky Rubio has provided veteran leadership in the backcourt and helped Darius Garland learn to be a better team leader and playmaker. The offensive development of Isaac Okoro gives the Cavaliers a better offensive option to complement the defensive proficiency of Okoro.
The Cavaliers pla the Houston Rockets, a team that was off to the worst start in the season before coach Stephen Silas made some changes in order to help the team better succeed now. The insertion of Eric Gordon into the starting lineup has helped balance a team that is chock-full of talented young players, who are rife with inexperience. The Rockets talented playmakers such as Alperen Sengun and JeSean Tate cannot be denied and the Rockets have the foundation laid for a solid, quick rebuild.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were a great team to back over the last month, but now I believe the media attention and a correction from the sportsbooks has arrived. Although Cleveland is a great team and a great success story, I don’t know if they are ready to be laying double digits, even against one of the NBA’s youngest teams. I believe Houston can keep this game close as they’re used to being underestimated and playing free with no pressure. Today’s Banker is the Houston Rockets +8.5
Charlotte Hornets vs San Antonio Spurs
The Hornets were one of the first teams that were really hit hard by the covid outbreak, and they are starting to get back to full health. They’re still missing LaMelo Ball however, the spark plug on their offense. They head to San Antonio to take on a Spurs team that has quietly been playing some very good basketball. The development of the Spurs Dejounte Murray has spearheaded San Antonio’s resurgence. While many pundits tagged them to be having a rebuilding year, the Spurs team has a great chance to make the playoffs, in spite of all the youth and inexperience on their current roster.
The Spurs can win this game win by margin against a Hornets team is still reeling from the effects of having multiple players out. The Spurs have been playing well and developing continuity. I expect that to be on display this evening. The first half of the two-team parlay San Antonio Spurs – 3.5.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Portland Trail Blazers
I thought the Blazers will be better with Damian Lillard back in their lineup, but boy was I wrong! The Blazer still have the same issues. They are too small and ineffective defensively. They have very few options on the offensive end besides Lillard and Norman Powell. Jusuf Nurkic is definitely slowing down and his defensive effectiveness has definitely waned over the course of the season. Robert Covington appears to be completely checked out and he has gone from one of the better defenders in the league to a weak on-ball defender now. Larry Nance Jr is doing an excellent job to try and compete on the defensive end but with his teammates constantly missing assignments, his frustration is starting to mount. This is a Trail Blazers team in flux and Coach Chauncey Billups has not done a good job to mitigate the issues as they have popped up during the season.
The Memphis Grizzlies are getting it done in spite of missing their star player Ja Morant. The Grizzlies play a strong brand of defense and do a good job of distributing the ball on the offensive end. Jaren Jackson Jr has been showing the reasons why he was such a coveted lottery pick 4 years ago. The Grizzlies are a strong balanced team that plays good defense. I expect them to take advantage of a Portland Trail Blazers team that is struggling with their identity right now. The second half of the two-team parlay is the Memphis Grizzlies -1.