After another perfect night of NBA Picks, I am back on Thursday’s short slate to release my NBA Odds parlay. With only three games on the schedule, we have to pick our spots carefully.
Hornets vs. Raptors
The Hornets are in free fall without Al Jefferson, and even the return of Lance Stephenson might not stop the fall from the playoff race in the East. Tonight they have yet another tough test, as they are yet again double digit underdogs in the NBA Odds, this time in Toronto against the Raptors. Toronto is a -12 favorite tonight, but with such a lofty spread, I am going with a safe wager on the total of 199 points.
Without Jefferson, the Hornets have gone from average to really bad on defense, and against a Raptors team with a lot of different options, it’s going to be hard off the back to back to stay with the Raptors here. However I do think the Hornets could score some tonight against a Raptors defense that isn’t as good as some people give it credit for. However a story that some aren’t giving much stock to is the Raptors’ scoring numbers, which are over 108 points per game. Charlotte should give up that much if not more tonight on the heels of a back to back, and it should send this total flying over.
Charlotte has cashed the over for NBA Odds bettors in their last three games in a row, while the Raptors are currently the best over cashing team in the NBA, at 21-13. Toronto does play better defense at home, but they should take control of this game early, and garbage time will help us get over 199.
Rockets vs. Knicks
The number one pick in the draft seems to be a three team race between the Knicks, Sixers and Wolves, and tonight the Knicks are double digit underdogs once again. With the trade of JR Smith, and the likely shutting down of Carmelo Anthony, every loss matters for the Knicks!
Tonight the NBA Odds at 5Dimes have the Knicks as +11 ½ home underdogs, but once again the large spread is too much. Both of these teams played on the road last night, so this one could get ugly. However that is exactly what I am hoping for, because the total of 194 looks like a prime under candidate. The Rockets have cashed the under at 16-6 this season as a favorite, and at 6-2 as an away favorite. While they are only 5-4 cashing the under on the heels of a back to back, this Knicks team poses little threat, and the Rockets could hold them to less than 90 points, even if they are a little tired.
As a home underdog this season, the Knicks are almost a lock to cash the under. New York is 11-1-1 cashing the under as a home underdog this season, and they are 13-4-1 cashing the under at home overall. Look for the Knicks’ slow paced game to help tonight, and look for the under to be the second winning part of this NBA pick.
Free 2-Team Parlay NBA Pick: Hornets/Raptors OVER 199 & Rockets/Knicks UNDER 194