The NBA season is nearing completion and certain teams are fighting tooth and nail for a playoff spot, while others have resigned themselves to being a lottery team. We have some interesting matchups with some contenders and some teams on the tank. Let’s take a look at the schedule to find a winning Banker and 2 team parlay.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs are fighting for a Play-In spot, but I’m not sure if they really want it. I say that because they sat three starters against the Indiana Pacers, which was definitely a winnable game. If the Spurs were truly committed to making the Play-In tournament, I think those players would have played. I think San Antonio is quite pleased with the development of young players that they have gotten this season, and would rather have the lottery pick than the chance of getting blasted in the first round.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are on the opposite end of the spectrum. The Timberwolves are definitely all in on the playoffs this year and played the best basketball in the NBA in March. The Timberwolves are coming off a 113-104 win over one of the best teams in the NBA, the Miami Heat. The win was in Miami. This was an excellent victory for the Timberwolves team trying to prove that they are ready to be a true contender. The Timberwolves are currently 1.5 games out of sixth place, where they would avoid the Play-In tournament.
I like the Timberwolves to get things done here, even on another road game. We usually fade teams on the road, but I think the Timberwolves have a much higher level of motivation for this game. Of course, all the Spurs players play hard, but the rotations and minutes distribution has shown me that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is much more worried about development rather than winning basketball games. Meanwhile, Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch and his team are all-in on winning every game possible. Today’s Banker is the Minnesota Timberwolves -4.
2 -Team Parlay
Charlotte Hornets vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Ahhhh, here we go again. The Oklahoma City Thunder are getting double digits at home. You know what that means! I like taking the Thunder when they are getting points at home. This is a tough matchup, however, because the Charlotte Hornets have an explosive offense and they can easily cover the spread. Charlotte won by 22 against the Pelicans on Friday night. The Hornets used new addition Isaiah Thomas and he seemed to mesh well with team leader LaMelo Ball. So while this is not a layup bet, I do think we have an edge.
The Thunder only lost by seven points last night against a quite superior Memphis Grizzlies team. The Thunder continue to showcase players that are pushing for their spot in the NBA and the latest is Lindy Waters III. Waters got called up from the G League and is averaging 13.3 points per game in the last three games. Waters has shown that he has an excellent three-point shot that adds some space for the Oklahoma City offense.
Once again I’m going to take the Thunder plus the points. You guys have heard it before, right? But they are the second-best team in the NBA against the spread. They probably won’t win, but they probably will cover. The first half of our 2 team parlay is the Oklahoma City Thunder +10.
Toronto Raptors vs LA Lakers
Another common theme here in my articles, we’re going to fade the LA Lakers. The Lakers (for whatever reason??) still seem to be getting support in the NBA betting marketplace, which is surprising. LeBron James has been absolutely spectacular and maybe that has something to do with it, but the supporting cast has been downright dreadful and the Lakers have had serious problems getting things done. Their most recent game was a 140-111 loss to the Phoenix Suns. The Toronto Raptors are coming off a win over the Phoenix Suns and have won three games in a row. The Raptors have multiple athletic forwards to slow down James. They have much better depth. They will win all the minutes while LeBron is on the bench. The second half of the two-team parlay is the Toronto Raptors -4.