The NBA is gearing up for their All-Star break. That means we have one more night to cash a winning Banker and 2 Team Parlay.
Miami Heat vs Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets are a young and talented basketball team. Unfortunately, they’re still learning what it takes to win in the NBA. This was quite evident as they had a double-digit lead against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the fourth quarter on Wednesday night, yet they ended up losing in overtime. The Hornets still need to learn how to play with a lead, especially against tough teams.
Charlotte will be facing one of the toughest teams in the NBA tonight. The Miami Heat are number one in the Eastern Conference going into the All-Star break. While Miami might not have the talented playmakers that Charlotte does, they’re much better at playing fundamental team basketball and executing when it counts. The Heat are extremely well conditioned, know their roles, and fill them in an excellent manner. The Charlotte Hornets have the same amount of talent as the Heat, they just do not understand how to implement it as well as Miami does.
This will be the first game home after a road trip for the Hornets and this can always be tough, especially for a young team. I like the Miami Heat to get things done here. Miami is playing excellent basketball, is focused on the number one seed, and gives consistent effort night in and night out. Tonight’s Banker is the Miami Heat -4.
2 Team Parlay
Philadelphia 76ers vs Milwaukee Bucks
The Philadelphia 76ers are coming off their worst loss of the season. The 76ers lost by 48 points against their Atlantic division rivals, the Boston Celtics. Sixers center Joel Embiid had his lowest scoring output since December at only 19 points. Overall, the game failed to be competitive.
The Milwaukee Bucks and their MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo are coming off an opposite performance. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 50 in a win over the Indiana Pacers to move him above Joel Embiid as the scoring leader for the season. Now the two top scorers in the NBA face off tonight in Milwaukee.
Philadelphia is waiting for the addition of James Harden, but he will not be with the team until after the All-Star break. I think Philadelphia’s mind might already be on the vacation and getting ready to integrate Harden into the lineup. This is Milwaukee the perfect opportunity to take advantage of a team looking forward to their vacation. The first half of our two-team parlay is the Milwaukee Bucks -6.
Houston Rockets vs Phoenix Suns
The Houston Rockets are coming off a close loss against the Phoenix Suns. The Rockets were 17-point underdogs by NBA odds but only lost by 3 points. The Rockets starting lineup did well with every starter scoring at least 17 points. The Rockets showed a balanced offensive attack that reinforces their commitment to developing young talent.
The Los Angeles Clippers are also coming off a loss to the Suns, although theirs was on Tuesday night. Los Angeles managed to hang tough against the defending Western Conference Champions. Marcus Morris had an excellent game and led the team with 23 points. Nicolas Batum had 18 points. Now they head home for their last game before the All-Star break.
I like the Rockets to keep this game close as well. 10 points of NBA odds are much too much for this Rockets team that has a lot of talent, they are just young and inexperienced. The Los Angeles Clippers are a group of grizzled veterans, but they will struggle against the Rockets’ flashy athleticism. While the Clippers probably win the game straight up, I do expect the Rockets to cover the NBA odds. The second half of the two-team parlay is the Houston Rockets +10.