As we approach the halfway point of the NBA season, wagering is getting tougher by the day, and we have to take advantage of every bit of value that arises. Tonight, there are only three NBA games that line the schedule, so we must be cautious. The NBA Odds have been up since yesterday afternoon, so let’s see if these lines offer any value for our NBA picks, and then see if we can cash them both in a parlay.
Knicks vs. Celtics
The last time these two teams got together, NBA fans and bettors got all they could handle. Kevin Garnett and Carmelo Anthony were insulting one another to the point where Anthony was later suspended, and the Celtics were able to top New York in Madison Square Garden.
Tonight’s game is in the other Garden, and despite how bad the C’s have been playing as of late, the NBA Odds still favor Boston at -1, with a total of 188. Boston had been on a nice streak, but their recent lapses on offense and defense have hurt them. They have been dominated on the boards a lot this season, and it has started to happen more. Boston also can’t seem to keep up on defense late in the game, maybe showing they are indeed old.
In tonight’s game against the Knicks, another team that hasn’t been playing as well lately, who will win this close battle? While it is understood that Boston is struggling and looking old, at home tonight against a banged up Knicks, I think Boston comes away with this one. The Knicks are still without Raymond Felton, Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace, and Pablo Prigioni is also banged up and could sit also.
That doesn’t leave much in the point guard department for New York. Iman Shumpert still has his minutes restricted, and Jason Kidd is ancient. Rajon Rondo is going to have a field day in this game. Rondo is also going to have extra motivation after he let Kyrie Irving explode for 40 points the other night. Boston has covered in five of their last seven games against the Knicks, and I think they do it again.
Clippers vs. Suns
After coming back from missing three games, Chris Paul played exceptional against the Wizards, but was obviously hurting against the Warriors Monday night, so he sat on the second night of a back to back. This is never good when a player misses time, comes back, and then has to sit again after a few games.
With the possibility of Paul missing this game, NBA Odds have placed the Clippers as -7 road favorites against the Suns tonight, a number that would be much higher if Paul is playing. Phoenix isn’t without injuries, but it appears as if they are getting healthy.
The issue is they had to play last night in Sacramento, which is a little ways away from Phoenix. The Clippers had Wednesday off, and even if Paul sits tonight, I like the Clippers. For the second ouf my free picks, I think -7 is great value for us bettors to jump on. Even with out CP3, Eric Bledsoe and Jamal Crawford will fill in more than nicely for Paul if he sits.
The Suns are a bad team, and I don’t think firing Alvin Gentry is going to solve anything (even though I called that happening). Phoenix has two wins in nine tries in January, and after playing last night in Sacramento, I can’t see them keeping with the Clippers. Phoenix is only 7-14 ATS at home this season, and the Clippers have covered three of their last four games against the Suns.
The Sharp Parlay: Celtics -1 & Clippers -7