No World Series game on Friday night, so we can concentrate on the NBA with a very busy schedule on the NBA odds board.
Here is our parlay pick including three of today’s games:
- Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers
- Brooklyn Nets vs. Washington Wizards
- Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers
Friday, November 4, 2022 – 07:00 PM EDT at Gainbridge Fieldhouse
It’s the first meeting of the season between these teams, and at full strength/rest Miami is clearly better. However, there are a few reasons why I will take the points. First, this is the Heat’s third game in four nights, and it feels like a bit of a trap game because it’s only a one-game road trip. Then Miami is back home for four.
Second, we know for sure that Heat All-Star guard Jimmy Butler is out. Butler was a late scratch for Wednesday's matchup against Sacramento due to left hip tightness, and he'll be unavailable for a second consecutive game Friday. He has typically great numbers: 21.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 5.5 apg.
Third, starting center Bam Adebayo also may sit. He had 20 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists on Wednesday but apparently suffered a knee contusion. Being as this is just a one-game trip, I could totally see him sitting. If so, for this NBA pick, I think Indiana wins outright. The Pacers are healthy at least among key players. Indiana ranks third in the NBA in 2022-23 in blocks with an average of 7.1 per game.
Pacers guard Buddy Hield is playing well of late as he’s among league leaders with 32 made three-pointers and has shot 20-for-42 from three-point range over the last four games.
Miami is 0-7 ATS in its past seven after a win.
NBA Pick: Pacers -3 (-110) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
Brooklyn Nets vs. Washington Wizards
Friday, November 4, 2022 – 07:00 PM EDT at Capital One Arena
Honestly, not sure I’ve ever seen an NBA team that is a bigger trainwreck than the Brooklyn Nets. Of course, we had the Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving drama all summer and recently Irving has caused a firestorm of criticism for his social media post about a book and movie that feature antisemitic tropes. He wouldn’t even apologize for it… until the Nets suspended Irving without pay for at least five games on Thursday.
It's the second straight season that the Nets have sent Irving away from the team. Last year, it was when he refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19, making him ineligible to play home games. Irving is a terrific player, but he’s just not worth the headache any longer. Meanwhile, Ben Simmons has been a huge disappointment after missing all of last season and is out for the next few games with knee soreness.
The Nets also fired Coach Steve Nash earlier this week and there are reports they are ready to replace him on a full-time with former Celtics coach Ime Udoka even though Boston suspended Udoka for the 2022-23 season for an improper relationship with a female subordinate before training camp. Apparently, the Nets don’t care. Udoka was an assistant for one season under Nash in 2020-21 before becoming the Celtics' coach and leading them to the NBA Finals last season.
Durant can’t do it all tonight.
NBA Pick: Wizards ML (-145) at BetOnline
Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Friday, November 4, 2022 – 10:30 PM EDT at Crypto.com Arena
This is the late game on Friday’s schedule. The Utah players clearly didn’t get the memo that the team is supposed to be tanking big-time this season after trading Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert this summer – and I fully expect the likes of Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson to be dealt by boss Danny Ainge sooner rather than later.
I wasn’t sure Utah would have six wins by Thanksgiving, but the Jazz are 6-3. I do think that’s a bit of a fluke as they are catching teams by surprise. In addition, Utah has lost its past three away.
The Lakers appear to have righted the ship once Coach Darvin Ham shifted Russell Westbrook to a bench role to lead the second unit. Los Angeles has back-to-back home wins over Denver and New Orleans – two teams a lot better than Utah. Lonnie Walker has emerged as the No. 3 option in those wins with a combined 46 points.
LeBron James is listed probable tonight and Anthony Davis questionable, but those dudes are going to be on the injury report all year. I’m sure Davis plays.
NBA Pick: Lakers ML (-155) at BetOnline
- Heat vs. Pacers: Pacers -3 (-110)
- Nets vs. Wizards: Wizards ML (-145)
- Jazz vs. Lakers: Lakers ML (-155)
NBA Pick: Three-Legged Parlay (+442) at BetOnline
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