It’s been a few weeks off from the Thursday parlays, but we’re back with two NBA picks tonight.

If you haven’t heard, we are expanding our Thursday parlay to include Sunday NBA matchups now as well. However, this edition will cover two great primetime games this evening. Let’s parlay our two NBA picks together to maximum payout. 

Our first game of the night, features a rematch of last years’ NBA Finals, with the Dallas Mavericks heading into Miami to face off against the Heat. The NBA betting spread favors the Miami Heat by -8 tonight. 

The late game of the evening is just as inviting, as the Oklahoma City Thunder roll into Hollywood to meet up with a rejuvenated Lakers team. This spread is much closer to even, as some NBA odds boards list this as a pick em’ game, but most have the Lakers favored by -1. 

Dallas Mavericks vs Miami Heat 

Mavericks vs. HeatThese two teams are meeting for the first time since Christmas Day, where the Heat were able to get a small amount of revenge from the finals, winning 105-94. That was in Dallas, where the spread favored the Heat by -4.5 on the road, and now they are favored almost double that at home. 

The latest drama surrounding the Heat is two fold. Firstly, the Heat have lost two straight games by double figures. Their first was to the Thunder, followed by the Pacers this past Monday. The Heat have had a couple days off since the loss against the Pacers, and need it. One of the Big Three is banged up, and the Heat are trying to hold on to their position in the Eastern Conference

Lebron James has been struggling recently, and to top it off, is suffering from a few different injuries. Even though I don’t put much stock in his struggles, I do put a lot on his various injuries, the most recent being a dislocated finger on his non-shooting hand. Although it has been stated by James that he will play and will not miss any time, it is crucial that we all check the status of James after the Heat’s morning shoot around, and prior to the game.

Although he has said he would play, I like to note what the Bulls have done this season with Derrick Rose and his injuries. If the Heat want to play this smart with less then 20 games left in the season, they might decide to sit James down and give him some extra rest to improve his injury situation. 

Even if this happens or doesn’t happen, I still think the Mavericks have a good shot at getting a cover here. The Heat’s play lately, (especially of James and Chris Bosh) is not enough to warrant them covering eight points in this game. The bounce back game is coming for Miami, but it won’t happen tonight.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Los Angeles Lakers

Thunder vs. LakersThe late game for me has even more glamour and implications for the Western Conference. This is yet another battle between the new and old favorites in the West, and should be a classic between Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant battle. 

Earlier in the season, the Thunder hosted Los Angeles, and handled them quite easily 100-85, and cashed as -7.5 favorites. The game being in LA is a factor, but even though the Lakers are a different team right now, they haven’t been covering with Ramon Sessions leading the offense. 

Another great storyline heading into tonight’s game is the quick return of Derek Fisher back to Los Angeles, now a member of the Thunder. If you don’t think that will play a small factor in tonight’s game, you’re crazy. Fisher would love nothing more then to hit a big shot to bury the Lakers tonight. 

The Thunder have won their last two meetings with the Lakers, and have also won four straight games overall, all of which OKC scored over 100 points. Although LA is a good defensive team, it’s still hard to stop Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. It won’t happen tonight, and the Thunder will take the road win.

The Sharp Parlay 

Mavericks +8 parlayed with Thunder +1 

1.5 unit bet to payout 4.0 units