After only two games on Tuesday night, the NBA returns with 13 games of action for this evening. With a buffet of choices to gamble upon, I have found the tastiest plays. Here is today’s winning Banker and 2-team parlay.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls were off to a roaring start before injuries plagued their roster. The Bulls are currently missing Lonzo Ball and Zach Lavine. Alex Caruso will be a game-time decision tonight. The Cleveland Cavaliers have had injury issues as well. The Cavaliers were devastated by the loss of Ricky Rubio, who provided veteran leadership for this young squad. The Cavaliers added Rajon Rondo to fill the void left by Rubio’s injury, but Rondo is currently out with an injury as well.
The Cavaliers can absorb their losses more efficiently than the Bulls who are missing their best scorer and two best defenders. The team becomes very offensive-oriented, and they have problems getting stops with the current lineup. This is in direct contrast with the Cleveland Cavaliers who have been winning due to their defense. The Cavaliers run a very big line up and they have the best assortment of rim protectors in the league. The franchise has been turned around with the draft pick of Evan Mobley, who has been a versatile defender. He can defend at the rim but also go out to the perimeter. Mobley has turned the team’s fortunes around, and the team is building their future around him.
I like the Cavaliers to get it done in this game because the sportsbooks have not properly adjusted to just how bad the Chicago Bulls are while missing their two best defenders. Without Ball in the lineup, the team is unbalanced and cannot get defensive stops when needed. Contrast this with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who can score but at the same time can ratchet up with defensive intensity. Today’s Banker is the Cleveland Cavaliers -1.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Milwaukee Bucks
This is a tough one for me because it is two of my favorite teams in the NBA this season. Still, the NBA odds are too steep for the streaking Grizzlies, who are still much better than the sportsbooks and general public give them credit for. The Grizzlies are coming off a 13-point win over the Chicago Bulls. Milwaukee has lost their last two games. Jrue Holiday is a game-time decision with an injured left ankle, and if he doesn’t play, Milwaukee’s defense suffers.
Even if Holiday does play, I still think 6.5 is too many points of NBA odds to be giving the red-hot Grizzlies. The Grizzlies have been playing some of the best basketball in the NBA. They remind me of the Milwaukee Bucks when they were ascending into the top ranks of the NBA standings. They come from a small market and have a superstar, Ja Morant, that not many casual fans watch. The Grizzlies are not getting credit for how good they really are. Once again, we will back the Memphis Grizzlies. The first half of the 2-team parlay is the Memphis Grizzlies +6.5.
Charlotte Hornets vs Boston Celtics
The Charlotte Hornets are an excellent offensive team. The Hornets won in New York on Monday while missing their best scorer, LaMelo Ball. Tonight, they’ll have Ball back in the lineup as they take on the Boston Celtics.
The Boston Celtics have been playing better as of late. The Celtics have won four of their last five, including a win Monday over the New Orleans Pelicans. Still, I believe the NBA odds are too steep here for the Hornets team that can definitely keep it close against the Celtics. The Celtics play good defense, but the Hornets play much better offense. The Hornets high powered scoring attack will be too much for the Celtics to keep pace with and they will cover the spread. They may even win outright. The second half of the two-team parlay is the Charlotte Hornets +4.5.