NBA Betting Picks for 12/16/21 Banker and Parlay

By @SpreadAstaire

A smaller slate tonight in the NBA but that doesn’t mean we still can’t find some winners. After looking at the NBA odds, here is the winning Banker and 2 team parlay.

Detroit Pistons vs Indiana Pacers

The Pacers fell apart against a short-handed Milwaukee Bucks team last night. They were ahead 92-91 in the fourth quarter, but the Pacers allowed a 21-0 run by the Bucks to end the game in a noncompetitive fashion. The final tally of the fourth quarter was 27-12 in favor of Milwaukee. The Pacers had 19 turnovers in the game.

The Pistons are in a bit of dilemma as a well as they are two losses away from a franchise record for the most consecutive defeats in a single season. They have been on a three-day break so hopefully the rest will do them good. Detroit recently got bad news as leading scorer Jerami Grant will be out with a thumb injury. This should increase the usage for a rookie sensation Cade Cunningham. It will help the Pistons for their young players development but might make it harder for them to win games right now.

This is a Pacers team in turmoil and both star players Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis have expressed dissatisfaction with their roles and time in Indiana. The team will be broken up soon, and their play on the court indicates that they are not interested in making this current situation work. As bad as the Pistons are talent wise, at least they are a cohesive unit all heading in the same direction under veteran head coach Dwayne Casey. It’s so tough taking these terrible teams, but unfortunately the right play at the Detroit Pistons +10.

Banker: Detroit Pistons +10 at -110 (1.91) at BetUS

2 Team Parlay

Phoenix Suns vs Washington Wizards

The Wizards fell to one of the NBA’s worst teams last nights. The Wizards last 119-105 to the Sacramento Kings. The loss was the Wizards third straight loss and they have lost six of their last seven contests. They must continue on a grueling road trip to face one of the NBA’s best teams.

The Phoenix Suns looked good with the return of DeAndre Ayton to the lineup. With Ayton back in the middle, the Suns got a nice 111–107 road win over the Blazers. Phoenix has one of the best records in the league and are especially strong at home.

The Wizards are an easy fade right now. The pairing of Bradley Beal and Spencer Dinwiddie, which seemed so promising during the first couple of weeks, has fallen apart. Dinwiddie has recently been complaining about his lack of touches and opportunities. As the team cohesiveness is waning, so has the effort and intensity on the defensive end. This will be in stark contrast to the Phoenix team that prides itself on giving a strong defensive effort night in and night out. Phoenix is more talented, and they play harder. The first half of this two-team parlay is the Phoenix Suns – 8.5.

New York Knicks vs Houston Rockets

With Christian Wood an Eric Gordon absent from the lineup last night, the Rockets got absolutely throttled by the Cleveland Cavaliers. I misread that game as I thought the Rockets would be able to step up and keep the game competitive. Now they come up against another team that is coming off a disheartening loss. The Knicks look completely outmatched against the Golden State Warriors at home. The Knicks have lost seven of their last eight games. It appears that bump from Tom Thibodeau’s introduction to the team could be near the end.

The Knicks have wilted under the pressure of their newfound expectations due to last season’s success. I think this game will be a slog. The numbers would say this game is supposed to go over, but with the Rockets missing their 4 top scorers out of the lineup, it will be hard for them to put up points. The Knicks offense hasn’t been that stellar yet this season either. I will go against the numbers and play this game on feel. The second half my 2-team parlay is the Houston Rockets/New York Knicks under 215.5

Parlay: Phoenix Suns -8.5/ Rockets v Knicks under 215.5 at +265 (3.65) at BetUS

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