After last night, we’re fightin’ mad.
The Philadelphia 76ers are approaching the rare territory of being either a point of revenge in an upcoming pick or banished from the parlay blog altogether. Much like the New York Knicks earlier this season, when we think we have a read on the Philadelphia 76ers, the script changes, and we need to relearn and adjust.
Yes, our parlay lost last night because the Philadelphia 76ers made easy work of the Minnesota Timberwolves, something they should do on paper every time but is always questionable in today’s NBA. At least the game hit the under as predicted.
So, we enter today with an 0-2 parlay record and 2-4 on individual picks. We have a narrow slate of NHL games and just under half of the NBA playing tonight, so we have somewhat limited options to get revenge on sports betting in general and score a multi-game parlay for tonight.
Revenge will wait. We want our championship back! Here’s our contender for tonight.
Minnesota Wild vs Winnipeg Jets Under 5.5 (+100)
Minnesota and Winnipeg have two of the better goals-against averages in the NHL: Minnesota is averaging 2.6 GAA, ranked third in the NHL, while Winnipeg is averaging 2.8 GAA, ranked tenth.
Only focusing on Minnesota’s side, the Under is 7-0 in the Wild’s last seven road games and 6-1 in the last seven against the Central Division. More reason to take the under from Minnesota: the Wild have a 1-9 over/under record in the last ten games.
For Winnipeg, the under is 6-0-2 in the last eight games against the Central Divison, and the Jets have a 3-6-1 over/under record in the last ten games. However, two of those over results can be attributed to playing the Edmonton Oilers twice, so we’re striking those from the record. The Jets have a 19-41-4 over/under record this season.
Finally, the under is 7-2 in the last nine games in Winnipeg, including the Wild’s 4-1 win the last time these teams met on December 27.
Take the under of 5.5, even though 5.5 is quite low for most NHL games.
Dallas Mavericks over New Orleans Pelicans (-125)
The Mavericks have lost three of the last five games and only have a 4-6 record in the last ten, which is underperforming for this roster, in our opinion. The Pelicans have lost four of the last five games and have a 3-7 record in the last ten.
Statistically, these two teams are very comparable and are ranked very close to each other in many categories. So, where can we find something to decipher between two teams in the Western Conference playoff picture?
Much like the Colorado Avalanche and Gabriel Landeskog, we expect to never see Zion Williamson again as his expected return from injury keeps getting pushed back. However, the Pelicans have kept themselves in the playoff picture without Williamson, currently tenth in the Western Conference, earning a play-in spot.
The Mavericks don’t have any real critical injuries but are playing on back-to-back nights and traveling from Utah to Louisiana, which may affect who the Mavericks put on the court. However, we’re leaning toward the Mavericks winning, as a win is critical if they intend to stay out of the play-in tournament.
Dallas is currently tied with Golden State for fifth in the Western Conference, with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the LA Clippers 1.5 games back. This is not the time to shoot poorly, have the bench go cold, or rest your best players, especially when you made a move to get Kyrie Irving.
Dallas should win this game straight-up.
Oklahoma City Thunder +13 over Phoenix Suns (-105)
Sometimes there is a spread number you have to see (or write) yourself to believe.
A double-digit spread is often a lot to cover. While we think the Phoenix Suns are going to win this game easily, 13 points is an incredible amount to cover.
In fact, the Suns have only faced one spread line of 12.5 points fo higher this season and have a 1-0 record. However, the Suns are 4-3-0 when being favored and facing spreads of 10-12 points.
On the other hand, the OKC Thunder have not faced a spread line of 12.5 points this season and are 6-0 facing a spread of 10-12 points as the underdog.
The Suns should win this game easily, but we’re taking OKC to cover the astronomical 13-point spread.
All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.