Only four games in the NBA tonight but that doesn’t mean that we can’t find the NBA winners. Let’s take a look at tonight Banker and 2 Team Parlay.
Los Angeles Clippers vs Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns hot start has been overshadowed by the Golden State Warriors but at 29-8 they are not to be trifled with. The Los Angeles Clippers are treading water at 19-19, but they are currently playing without their two top stars, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. We have to get the Clippers credit for playing so well while missing their top players.
Both players will be missing men in the middle so we could see plenty of small ball tonight. On the Phoenix side, DeAndre Ayton, Javale McGee, and Jae Crowder will all miss the game. Clippers will be missing centers Ivica Zubac and Isaiah Hartenstein.
Because of the Clippers lack of star power, I believe that they are a bit underrated. This team is still playing good basketball, they’re very well-coached, and the players understand their roles. Clippers always match up with the Suns well. They defeated the Suns earlier this season. 111–95 in LA. The Clippers are 26-5 in their last 31 games against Phoenix
The Clippers will hope to turn things around against Phoenix. They have lost seven out of their last 10. Clippers have been fighting, but the loss of Paul George might be too much for them to overcome. However, the NBA odds are way too high for the Los Angeles Clippers in this game. While the Suns might win, I don’t see them winning by double digits. We will grab the +11.5 points of NBA odds. Tonight’s Banker is the Los Angeles Clippers +11.5.
2 Team Parlay
Detroit Pistons vs Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies take their six-game winning streak into tonight’s game against the Detroit Pistons. This game might as well be written by Charles Dickens for it is “A Tale of Two Cities”. The Memphis Grizzlies are overcoming all odds, and at 25-14 are in prime position to make noise in the Western Conference. The Detroit Pistons are 7-29 and failed to keep games competitive. Detroit’s point differential of -9.5 shows that they not only lose often, they lose by a lot. Detroit is well coached, and their players try hard, they simply aren’t very good. Number one overall pick Cade Cunningham is a great player but it is frustrating to watch his beautiful passes to wide-open players end up being ugly missed three point shots. Detroit will be picking very high again this year and will hopefully draft another star to put next to Cunningham. But for now, they are on the fade list is they struggle to keep things competitive against any competent team.
The Grizzlies are much more than a competent team they’re playing some of the best basketball in the NBA right now. the Pistons will be coming off a back-to-back after getting out utterly embarrassed in Charlotte last night; and facing Memphis things might get worse. This handicap is fairly simple. Detroit is terrible and we should fade them. The first half of the two-team parlay is Memphis Grizzlies -12.5.
Golden State Warriors vs New Orleans Pelicans
The Golden State Warriors are coming off a tough loss against Detroit where they shot their worst 3-point percentage of the season. Now they will rest Steph Curry tonight against the woeful New Orleans Pelicans. Can a bad New Orleans team take advantage of a team that is obviously looking past them?
The Pelicans are frustrating team for me to handicap. I liked them at home against Phoenix earlier this week and at 102-98, my bet was looking pretty good. Next thing I know it is 122-108 and the Pelicans had no chance of covering the NBA odds. Of course, their penchant for folding under pressure is a worry here, but I believe they can get it done against the Warriors team that they should surely be up for. Warriors coach Steve Kerr knows that it’s a long season and he might be punting on this game all together. Kerr knows a couple losses might give the team some time to rest, as well as renew their focus and prevent them from becoming overconfident. The second half of the two-team parlay is the Pelicans +6.5.