After a short slate last night, the NBA is back with 11 games this evening. Let’s take a look at the NBA odds and find a winning Banker and 2-team parlay.
Toronto Raptors vs Washington Wizards
I do believe that the Toronto Raptors are a better basketball team than the Washington Wizards. The Raptors have excellent length and athleticism at forward, currently the most important position in the NBA. But when you get the NBA it’s not just handicapping the team, you must handicap the conditions as well. Tonight, will be the Raptors last game of a five-game road trip and their fifth game in eight days. They are playing a little short-handed without Gary Trent Jr and Khem Birch. Nick Nurse has gone really short on his rotations. On Monday, he only used seven players in a loss against the Miami Heat. This is something to note, especially if you are looking at player props or playing DFS.
The Raptors have been playing on the road for a while, the Wizards have been home. They’re in the middle of an eight-game homestand. They are 3-2 so far at home. Their most recent game was a 119–118 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. The Wizards had that game in hand yet fell short at the end. They should be eager to bounce back in a great home spot on Friday night.
The Raptors play a very small rotation, the Wizards use a lot of players. Washington trotted out 11 players in the loss to Brooklyn, with no one besides Bradley Beal playing more than 31 minutes. This is another nugget if you are doing player props or DFS.
I like the Wizards here in a great situational spot. Washington is rested, at home, and should be motivated to get back on the winning track. The Raptors should be exhausted, playing a very short rotation and at the end of a grueling road trip. Even though in neutral settings, the Raptors are the better team, today’s Banker is the Washington Wizards ML.
Memphis Grizzlies Denver Nuggets
A couple of recent losses are not going to detract me from backing one of my favorite teams this season. In fact, the recent losses give us a little bit of value as people are beginning to think that Memphis is regressing to the mean. I see it the other way. This is a tired team that had everything go right and was struck with injuries. Yet Memphis has handled adversity well before, and I expect them to adapt and overcome like they have all season.
It is always tough to bet against the MVP Nikola Jokic. Jokic will see a mixture of Steven Adams and Jaren Jackson Jr as his primary defenders. Adams actually matches up pretty well on Jokic down low, as he is the strongest man in the NBA. Adams can be vulnerable on the perimeter so Memphis will have to be sure to not let Adams get dragged too far from the basket. Jaren Jackson Jr can probably do a fairly good job on Jokic on the perimeter but will be vulnerable to Jokic’s size and strength down low. Memphis will need to vary these looks in order to keep the MVP in check.
Memphis is dealing with injuries, but the Nuggets have been depleted all year. I think we are in a great spot to get the Grizzlies bouncing back and we are getting points of NBA odds. The first half of our 2-team parlay is the Memphis Grizzlies + 3.5.
Atlanta Hawks vs Miami Heat
Sometimes you just have another team’s number. I believe this is the case with the Miami Heat who match up with the Atlanta Hawks so well. They have the ferocity on the defensive end to shut down the Hawks high-powered offense, yet they also have the half-court offensive system to be able to exploit Atlanta’s defense.
Atlanta has been struggling this season and I believe this is one of the worst matchups for them. Well, I do expect Atlanta to turn it around soon (and possibly be undervalued) against the Heat, this is not the spot. The second half of the two-team parlay is the Miami Heat ML.