The NBA season is in the home stretch. We have 7 games for tonight and all but 1 have playoff implications. With the standings so bunched up, every game matters at this point, and the efforts of the teams will reflect that. After going over tonight’s 7 game slate, I found the winning Banker and 2 Team Parlay.
Sacramento Kings vs Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder is one of the few teams out of playoff contention and happily so. The Thunder are fully committed to the rebuild and have traded off most of their competent players for draft picks in the upcoming years. The Thunder have the most draft picks over the next five years of any team in the NBA. But draft picks won’t help them tonight against a Sacramento Kings team that is making another futile playoff push.
To a certain extent, we should commend the Kings for not giving in and tanking. But as modern basketball observers know, when you are not good enough to make the playoffs and you push, push, push…the end result is usually mediocrity. That’s where the Kings currently are. Although they are mired in mediocrity, I do believe they have the advantage tonight.
The Kings are making a full playoff push and have played better since the trade for Domantas Sabonis. Tonight marks their first opportunity to face a non-playoff team with their new roster. I do believe the Kings will be fully motivated to win by margin against a Thunder team that will be missing one of their top players, Josh Giddey. I do like to take the Thunder when they’re catching close to double digits in NBA odds, but tonight’s line is only +4.5. While I do disagree with the Kings’ approach to rebuilding their team, their “Never say Tank” attitude will be an advantage tonight.
The Kings have won 2 of 3 against the Thunder this season. Their lone loss was in November. While the Thunder should play it safe by resting slightly injured players, the Kings are making a full playoff push. I do believe that way the difference tonight. Tonight’s Banker is the Sacramento Kings -4.5.
San Antonio Spurs vs Memphis Grizzlies
On Friday night, the Spurs played a grueling double overtime game. After 58 minutes of game time, the San Antonio Spurs finally won 157-153. They then sat their whole starting five on Saturday night in Miami. The reserves hung tough though and covered a 13 point spread of NBA odds, only losing by four points. The Spurs are once again catching a very high amount of NBA odds against the Memphis Grizzlies tonight.
The Memphis Grizzlies are coming off a six-point win over the Chicago Bulls. Memphis has been playing excellent basketball as of late and is making a push to finish in the top three of the Western Conference standings. Memphis plays excellent team basketball and has their own MVP candidate in Ja Morant. Memphis is definitely one of the inspiring success stories of the NBA season.
The Spurs are still receiving too many points of NBA odds tonight. Going against an excellent Miami team, the Spurs were able to hang tough even with their reserves. Now they are returning their starters after a weekend of rest. I do believe that Memphis will win the game straight up, but I do believe that be Spurs will cover the spread. The first half of the two-team parlay is the San Antonio Spurs +8.5.
Chicago Bulls vs Miami Heat
The Bulls are coming off a loss at home to the Memphis Grizzlies and now have to travel to Miami to take on a Heat team that has won both of their games following the All-Star break. Following a 15-point win in New York, the Heat squeaked out a game against the Spurs. Regardless of the Heat being unable to cover the NBA odds against San Antonio, a win is a win and kept Miami in the top spot in the Eastern Conference
Chicago once had that top spot but has fallen out of it due to injuries. Yet they are currently only one game behind the Heat in the standings. A win tonight could tie them for first place. Tonight’s game will be very important in the Eastern Conference standings.
With Chicago not at full strength, I do like the Miami Heat to get things done. The Heat play excellent team basketball and probably have the best defense in the East. The Bulls are still missing defensive stalwarts Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso. I do believe that Miami’s ability to get stops when it matters will be the difference in the game. The second half of the two-team parlay is Miami Heat -3.