Betting the NBA has been like dancing through a minefield lately as injury news can pop up at any step you take. Fortunately, I have done the work, got the Intel, and scouted the G League call-ups. I do all this to bring you the winning Banker and 2 Team Parlay.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs LA Clippers
The theme for betting the NBA this last month has been to fade a team with the injuries and covid outbreak. The Minnesota Timberwolves are currently on that fade list. Although they have returned most of their players, including the very important Jarred Vanderbilt. D’Angelo Russell and Karl Anthony Towns are still out. This leaves Anthony Edwards to navigate the offense.
Anthony Edwards is a great player, with tons of potential, who I expect to be a future All-Star. However, as the team leader, has inexperience in developing basketball IQ shows. Edwards has a natural instinct for scoring. His instinct for playmaking, however, still needs to be nourished. This was on the display against the Lakers when the Timberwolves had 24 turnovers, highlighted by 8 from Edwards. Now they play a more disciplined team in the Los Angeles Clippers, and I believe there will be problems.
The Clippers are coming off a 117–113 win in Brooklyn. While this is a lot of travel for the Clips, and the dreaded first home game back from a road trip, the Clippers have veteran players who much better understand how to execute their roles within the team dynamic. I just don’t think the Timberwolves have enough firepower to keep up with a well-rounded, well-coached Clippers team. Today’s Banker is the Los Angeles Clippers -2.5.
Denver Nuggets vs Dallas Mavericks
The Denver Nuggets have struggled through adversity and injuries all season. This was once again the case on Saturday night when they won 124–111 in spite of missing head coach Michael Malone and having four players out to the health and safety protocols. Yet the Nuggets keep on winning no matter the situation.
Luka Doncic made his return to the lineup and played 31 minutes against Oklahoma City. That was enough to help defeat the lowly Thunder team, but the Nuggets will be a different story. Luka was still effective with 14 points, 10 assists, and 9 rebounds. Still, it’s hard for me to back a short-handed team whose team leader is still working his way back into shape.
The Mavericks are finally through their covid outbreak, which led to them fielding a barely recognizable NBA roster. I expect the Mavericks to eventually get back on track, I still think it will take a couple more games for these players to regain their stamina and cohesion. The Nuggets just keep winning no matter the adversity, and I expect them to continue that trend. The first half of the two-team parlay at the Denver Nuggets +3.5.
Miami Heat vs Golden State Warriors
Miami Heat are still missing multiple players due to injuries and covid. Gabe Vincent, PJ Tucker, Max Strus, Duncan Robinson, Markieff Morris, Dewayne Dedmon, and Bam Adebayo are all out. The short-handed Heat fell to the lowly Sacramento Kings yesterday. now they must travel to face the tougher segment of the northern California gauntlet, that is visiting the Juggernaut that is the 28-7 Golden State Warriors. The Warriors have been the best team in the NBA so far this season. The Warriors will have their full roster (at least the roster my current numbers are based on). This means trouble for the Miami Heat in their current situation.
The NBA odds of 9 points are quite steep, but this is a terrible situational spot for a short-handed Miami team. The Golden State Warriors have the highest point differential in the league, and I expect them to pad those statistics with a blowout win tonight. The second half of the two-team parlay is the Golden State Warriors – 9