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

By @SpreadAstaire

We cashed another Banker yesterday, but it was so upsetting that we missed the two-team parlay by just a basket. I’ve turned that disappointment into motivation to get it done today. We have a five-game NBA slate. Let’s find the winning Banker and 2 Team Parlay.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Dallas Mavericks

The Timberwolves and the Mavericks recently played on Sunday night where the Timberwolves prevailed 111–105. Even though the Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards was missing the game due to covid protocols, D’Angelo Russell led the way at the point guard position with 22 points. Russell was also 4-7 from three-point range. Karl Anthony Towns had a nice performance as the Mavericks are particularly vulnerable to big men. Towns had an efficient night, filling up the stat sheet with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.

The Mavericks are struggling without their star Luka Doncic. Then recently they lost Maxi Kleber, Reggie Bullock, and Josh Green to safety protocols. To make matters worse for the Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis is questionable for tonight’s game with a toe injury.

Usually, I like to bet on a split in the series where two teams play each other two games in a row. However, in this case, I think the Timberwolves talent will be too much for depleted Mavericks squad to handle. These games without Luka have displayed how dependent the Mavericks are on their team leader. I expect Towns and Russell to have another big night and for the Timberwolves to continue their five-game winning streak. Tonight’s Banker is the Minnesota Timberwolves -1.

Banker: Minnesota Timberwolves -1 at -110 (1.91) at BetUS

2-Team Parlay

Indiana Pacers vs Miami Heat

If you’ve been betting the NBA, you notice a trend going on this season and that is teams decimated due to the injuries and covid. Miami is one of those teams. They are playing without stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. I’m not necessarily high on the Pacers team and I think the current coaching level of Rick Carlisle is completely overrated, but the Pacers have too much talent to let down here. Rumors are swirling around this Pacers team, and even if players know they’re going to be traded, they’re trying to put on a good performance to end up in desirable situations. As good as the Miami Heat culture is, it will simply not be enough against the Pacers tonight. The first half of my 2-team parlay will be Indiana Pacers -1.5.

Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Lakers

While the Lakers have not lived up to their championship expectations, they’re not as bad as some observers make them out to be. LeBron James is still one of the best players in the world and he will still be the best player on the court tonight. The Lakers will struggle without Anthony Davis, but I still expect them to keep it close in a game in which they will be quite motivated. Phoenix eliminated Los Angeles in the playoffs last season and I’m sure they’ll be eager to make their mark against the team that ended their chances of repeating for the championship. The Suns do have a good chance to win, but the 7.5 points of NBA odds is too much. The second half of my 2-team parlay is Los Angeles Lakers +7.5.

Parlay: Indiana Pacers -1.5 /Los Angeles Lakers +7.5 at +265 (3.65)

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