NBA Picks of the Day: Two-Pick Parlays Offer Top Betting Value for Tonight's Short Schedule

Darin Zank

Thursday, February 26, 2015 3:10 PM GMT

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 3:10 PM GMT

The Association only offers two games to choose from Thursday night, but we've got betting leans on the spreads and totals in both contests. Here's our attempt at a pair of two-pick parlays with our NBA Plays of the Day.

Championship Preview?
In a game that might give us an idea of how the next NBA Championship Series might play out LeBron and the Cavs host Stephen Curry and the Warriors.

Cleveland opened its post-break schedule with a 127-89 romp at Washington, then won at New York 101-83, and Tuesday won at Detroit 102-93. So the Cavs are now 17-3 SU, 15-4 ATS since LeBron came back from that eight-game injury absence.

At 36-22 Cleveland is tied with Chicago for the three/four spots in the Eastern Conference. But everyone knows the Cavs, if healthy, will be a handful come playoff time.

Golden State began its “second half” with a 110-99 victory over San Antonio, then played without an injured Curry and lost at Indiana 104-98. But Curry came back Tuesday night and tossed in 32 as the Warriors won at Washington 114-107.

At 44-10 Golden State leads Atlanta by a half-game in the battle for the best record in the league.

Golden State took the first meeting between these teams this season about six weeks ago out in Oakland 112-94, but James missed that game for Cleveland.

This should be a fun one to watch, and in a game that could go either way we like the dog plus the points. Also, both teams are trending toward the UNDERS this season (Cleveland more than Golden State), and today's total looks inflated. So we'll go with the Warriors and the UNDER for our two NBA picks on this contest.

Two-Pick Parlay: Golden State +3.5 and UNDER 214.5 at Pinnacle, one unit to win 2.9

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OKC, Durant-Less Again
The Thunder, who are just getting rolling, will play their fourth straight game without Kevin Durant tonight in Phoenix and are listed on the NBA odds at -5 favorites.

OKC has won seven in a row, after beating Indiana Tuesday 105-92. And actually the Thunder are 3-0 both SU and ATS since Durant suffered his most recent ailment, something to do with his foot, which isn't good. For the season OKC is 18-9 SU, 13-13 ATS with Durant, 14-16 SU, 15-14 ATS without him. Also, the Thunder are 12-15 on the totals with Durant, 11-19 without him.

At 32-25 overall Oklahoma City owns the eight spot in the Western Conference, but only leads ninth-place New Orleans by two games.

Phoenix, meanwhile, just snapped a five-game losing streak with a 110-96 victory at Denver Wednesday night. The Suns are also going through a transition period at the moment, after making a couple of deals just before the trade deadline last week, dumping Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas, bringing in Brandon Knight.

At 30-28 Phoenix sits in 10th place in the West, 2.5 games back of the eighth-place Thunder.

Oklahoma City is 2-0 against Phoenix this season, with a 112-88 victory Dec. 14, and a 137-134 overtime decision Dec. 31. Both those games were played in OKC, and Durant and Russell Westbrook both played in both those games.

The Thunder have won three in a row without Durant, but we can't help but believe they'll begin to miss him sooner or later, perhaps beginning tonight. So we like the Suns as the home dogs in this spot. Also, OKC, as one might guess, plays much more low-scoring games without Durant. So we also like the UNDER.

Two-Pick Parlay: Phoenix +5 and UNDER 216.5 at Heritage, one unit to win 2.7

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