An eight-game NBA slate gives us the opportunity to finish the year strong. Dealing with the covid protocols is tricky, but yet we have still been able to cash the Bankers! Let’s keep at it today to find the winning NBA picks.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Toronto Raptors
The NBA’s recently changed the covid protocols and I believe this will lead to the Raptors reactivating Pascal Siakam and Gary Trent Jr early. This should give the Toronto Raptors the firepower to keep up with a Philadelphia team who are also missing key players Shake Milton, Danny Green, and Andre Drummond. Toronto has typically done well against Philadelphia in Toronto, as they use the home court advantage to take advantage of Philadelphia’s weaknesses.
Toronto head coach Nick Nurse always seems to find a scheme for Joel Embiid. Embiid often carries the team for the first 3 quarters, and then is tired out in the fourth quarter when the Raptors make their move. Of course, missing OG Anunoby and Scottie Barnes hurts the Raptors depth, but I do believe they have enough to get it done against a Philadelphia team that has been struggling with depth as well.
Philadelphia doesn’t close games well, so when we make this bet, don’t be discouraged if Toronto gets down early. Even if they are down by double digits, I expect a late push to get within the NBA odds of 6.5 points. Today’s Banker is the Toronto Raptors + 6.5.
Speaking of returns, Miami recently returned Jimmy Butler to the lineup. Butler means so much to this Miami team, and I expect them to get back to their winning ways and to be winning by margin. Washington will be missing their top scorer Bradley Beal and should have problems competing defensively. The Miami Heat will be one or two levels above the Heat in their defensive ability and promise. Although in the new NBA, teams are putting up high scores, defense is still the key to victory. The first half of it of the two-team parlay will rely on the Heat and their solid defense prowess as we take the Miami Heat – 6.5.
Denver Nuggets vs Golden State Warriors
What a great battle between two MVP candidate this will be. Both Denver’s Nikola Jokic and the Warriors’ Steph Curry can lay claim to being the best player in the NBA. Tonight, they face off in San Francisco. It will be interesting to see if this will be a letdown spot for the Warriors coming off their big Christmas Day win over the Phoenix Suns.
The way to attack the Warriors is in the middle, and with the Nuggets running most of their offense through their center Nikola Jokic, they should have the ability to confound the Warriors stout defense. Although it’s always tough to go against the current best team in the NBA, sometimes the toughest bets are the best bets. This should be the case tonight. The second half of our two-team parlay is the Denver Nuggets +7.