The NBA has come to an end of a truly wild week. Now that the trade deadline has passed, players are more locked in where they’re going to be. A sense of certainty descends on the NBA. This is a great opportunity to get back to our winning ways with a Banker and 2 Team Parlay.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Chicago Bulls
The Minnesota Timberwolves won five games in a row before dropping the second of a back-to-back in Sacramento. Now they travel to Chicago to take on the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls are led by DeMar DeRozan who is fourth in the NBA in scoring at 27 points per game. DeRozan is on his way to start the All-Star Game. The Timberwolves are led by Karl Anthony Towns and second-year Superstar Anthony Edwards. Edwards has made a big leap in his second season. Edward is averaging 22 points per game and showing that he has legitimate MVP upside in the league.
Chicago’s going through a little lull right now, missing Lonzo ball Alex Caruso. Ayo Dosunmu had stepped in played well in the absence of Ball, but Dosunmu is a game-time decision with a concussion. Nikola Vucevic is also listed as a game-time decision, but I’d be very surprised if he missed the game. Still, after a red-hot start, Chicago is 2-3 in their last five and only 6-4 in their last 10. The drop in the Bulls’ level of play makes the teams almost even in point differential with the Bulls at +1.8 and the Timberwolves at +1.7.
I like Minnesota to cover the NBA odds here. It’s been a tough week for me with favorites absolutely crushing, but I’m not going away from what I know best. I think with the trade deadline being over, things will return to a normal state as far as it comes to underdogs covering the NBA odds. I expect that to begin tonight. Tonight’s Banker is the Minnesota Timberwolves +4.
Indiana Pacers vs Cleveland Cavaliers
The Pacers made a blockbuster trade deadline deal for Tyrese Haliburton. This was a fantastic win for the future, but I don’t know how much that helps them tonight against the excellent frontcourt of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The move to trade Domantas Sabonis opens up Myles Turner to play center, yet for the next month, Myles Turner is still out. This leaves them with an alarming lack of bigs when going against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who boast three 7 Footers in the starting lineup.
The Pacers made another deal sending Caris LeVert to Cleveland. Now Levert gets the chance to take on the team that just traded him. While the Pacers have made strong moves for the future, they’re still in disarray right now. This will be tough tonight because Cleveland is coming together as a true contender in the East. Cleveland simply has too much size. The first of the 2 team parlay Cleveland Cavaliers +6.5.
Utah Jazz vs Orlando Magic
The Utah Jazz are coming off a big win over the Golden State Warriors. The Magic are coming off a win as well, beating the Portland Trail Blazers by 18 points on Tuesday night. The Jazz have dipped in their level of play lately, missing Center Rudy Gobert. But against the Warriors, Hassan Whiteside filled in admirably with 9 points, 17 rebounds, and 7 blocked shots. Whiteside will have his work cut out tonight against an Orlando team that can play big as well.
The Magic seem to be coming together as a team. They had 34 assists against the Trailblazers, which is a good sign that the young squad is embracing team basketball. There was no upheaval in Orlando; they barely made a move at the trade deadline. Once again, with these favorites covering at an extraordinary rate, I think there’s an opportunity for some buyback on the dogs. These lines have been inflated towards the favorite, and for good reason. We will take advantage of that by making the second half for a two-team parlay the Orlando Magic +12.5.