Tonight holds some compelling matchups. Here are the games I’m taking action on.
1. Bulls (+125) over the Nets in Brooklyn
Here’s the deal. Kevin Garnett isn’t projected to play tonight, and the Nets are coming off of a long road trip. A road trip they overachieved on — but a long road trip nonetheless. The Bulls, on the other hand are possibly the NBA’s hottest squad, especially after their impressive road win against the Mavericks last week. Joakim Noah is coming off of his fifth career triple-double and a 16-assist performance, tying the franchise record for a center. The Bulls are rolling, and I don’t think the banged up Nets will be able to stop them, despite their impressive home record of late.
Wager: $50 to win $62.50
2. Bucks (even) over the visiting Jazz
I think any time what could be the league’s two worst teams get together, it’s a must-play situation for any NBA-obsessed gambler. It’s a total crapshoot. If you win, you lose, hurting your chances in the draft lottery. I’m taking the Bucks to be the lesser of two evils in this one, seeing how the Jazz are on the back end of a grueling road trip, including a pounding in Indianapolis last night.
Wager: $25 to win $25
3. Parlay: MIN (-250) over Den; MIA (-1400) over CHA; POR (-1200) over LAL
If you’ve been playing the NBA odds for more than a week, odds are you’ve been burned by what you assumed would be a “sure win.” I know I just wrote a column about never throwing the Heat into a parlay last-minute, but I feel strongly about this 3-teamer. The Wolves will have Rubio, Love, Pekovic and Martin combining forces again, and they are scrambling for their playoff lives. The other two games… it would take earthquakes.
Wager: $75 to win $46.87