Our last NBA betting parlay was one Golden State Warriors win away from cashing out. Bad beat! But moving on, we’re picking up three teams Wednesday, based entirely on stylistic matchups here.
Heat End the Raptors’ Streak
Both Miami and Toronto are beginning to overcome key losses due to injury or free agency. The two have combined for a seven-game win streak. Although Toronto is favored here thanks to the Heat’s rash of injuries, I like Miami to overcome these NBA odds.
Miami and Toronto have been playing lockdown defense in recent games ranking in the top three in the last four games. And both are sort of mirror versions of each other: they’re well-coached, play hard, and are elite defensive teams at their best.
But Miami holds a significant edge here in C Bam Adebayo. The fourth-year star is having his best offensive season with 19.6 points and 5.5 assists. The return of F Jimmy Butler has also lifted Miami to an 8-5 record in their last 13.
With both teams going at each other on the defensive end, the Heat just have more star power to carry them through. It’s tough to bet against Fred VanVleet, but Butler and Adebayo could do it as underdogs.
Pick: Miami Heat to win
Bulls Charge Through Wolves
From elite defenses to porous ones, the Bulls look to get a much-needed win against the newly coached Wolves. Minnesota abruptly ejected Ryan Saunders and hired Raptors assistant Chris Finch as the Wolves had lost eight of their last nine.
Don’t bank on much changing for Minnesota, at least not this quickly. The Wolves are 23rd in defensive rating and 29th in net rating. Karl-Anthony Towns continues to play at a high level despite having to fight through COVID, but he’ll need bigger contributions from G Malik Beasley and the rest.
Chicago started out the season as an offensive dynamo, but have slowed down a bit in favor of more responsible defense (rated seventh in their last ten). They’ve now won four of their last five and are starting to put it together despite still missing several key players.
This is Chicago’s game to lose. They are learning to play within their tempo and should be too much for Minnesota to keep up with.
Pick: Chicago Bulls to win
Suns Too Hot
It’s a back-court showcase as two teams carried by their guards meet in the desert. Both Phoenix and Charlotte have been money on the betting lines, but this is a matchup that favors Phoenix by quite a bit thanks to the F Mikal Bridges and C DeAndre Ayton combo.
Ayton has seen his stats go down this season, but he is playing better on defense and will anchor Phoenix’s middle against a team that struggles to score inside. Bridges is the other key player as his perimeter defense will help Chris Paul chase down Charlotte’s many sharpshooters.
The Hornets have alternated wins and losses recently. Their losses against Utah (twice), Memphis, and Philadelphia prove that any team with decent big men will exploit their diminutive build.
Ayton may not be as solid inside as Joel Embiid or Rudy Gobert, but he’s plenty big enough to hold down the fort as his fellow guards outduel the Hornets.
Pick: Phoenix Suns to win
Parlay: Heat to win, Bulls to win, and Suns to win
I went with three teams that have a tangible advantage. Miami is a mirror version of Toronto but has an edge with their stars. Chicago plays better defense than Minnesota, and Phoenix has a big man that can stop the Hornets.
This is a nice spot for NBA betting picks on a stacked day filled with competitive games, but it should be plenty of fun to watch.