We have a two-game parlay pick on a busy NBA schedule Wednesday – and you will rarely see us back road teams when parlaying.
Sacramento Kings vs. Miami Heat
Wednesday, November 2, 2022 – 07:30 PM EDT at FTX Arena
Yes, the Heat are playing the second of a back-to-back after beating the Warriors 116-109 on Tuesday, but Miami didn’t have to travel, so that minimizes the B2B a bit. Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, including a go-ahead three-point play with 1:48 left to lead Tuesday’s comeback win. Max Strus led everyone with 24 points. It won’t be often that I say Max Strus is Miami’s leading scorer.
Golden State’s 20 turnovers were turned into 28 Heat points. The Heat are simply a much better defensive team at home.
Note that Miami is listing reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year Tyler Herro in question tonight. Herro left Tuesday's game with a left eye contusion but has been improving. Herro is averaging 17.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.
Sacramento comes off a 115-108 win in Charlotte on Monday, but the Hornets were really short-handed. The Kings lived at the foul line, making 24 of 28 free throws and taking advantage of 31 fouls called on the Hornets. Kevin Huerter scored 26 points, and Davion Mitchell added 23 points including two clutch jumpers late in the game as the Kings rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit.
The Kings’ best player, point guard De’Aaron Fox, only played nine minutes after knocking knees with a Hornets player in the first half. Fox has avoided structural damage in his knee and revealed a bone bruise, but he has been ruled out for Wednesday's game. He’s off to a fabulous start, averaging 24.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists.
Miami will have payback on its mind and look to avoid the season sweep as it lost 119-113 in Sacramento on Saturday. Fox played in that one, though, and had 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. The Kings outscored the Heat by four points with him on the court. Trey Lyles had 10 points off the bench, and he’s in question tonight with a foot injury.
The Heat are a whopping 29-5 all-time at home vs. the Kings. Miami might not cover a 6-point spread but will win.
NBA Pick: Heat ML (-250) at Bookmaker (visit our Bookmaker Review)
Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks
Wednesday, November 2, 2022 – 07:30 PM EDT at Madison Square Garden
These were two of the most disappointing teams in the Eastern Conference last season but both made big additions in the offseason:
- Atlanta traded for San Antonio Spurs All-Star guard Dejounte Murray
- New York added Dallas guard Jalen Brunson in free agency
New York Knicks
Brunson is off to a strong start, averaging 18.2 points, 7.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds. The Knicks enter on a two-game losing streak but those were on the road at good teams Milwaukee and Cleveland.
Center Mitchell Robinson totaled only 41 minutes while picking up five fouls in each of the two games. His five-foul games overall have occurred in each of the Knicks’ three losses, with the 7-foot center averaging 4.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots in just 18 minutes per game.
New York is 3-0 at home. Cam Reddish (non-COVID illness) is considered questionable to play tonight as is Quentin Grimes (left foot), who has yet to debut this year. Not a huge loss if neither plays.
Atlanta comes off a 139-109 rout in Toronto, its second straight road loss. The Hawks had a season-worst 18 turnovers, leading to 24 points for Toronto. Murray said the Hawks discussed their poor performance in the locker room after the game and that he was satisfied the meeting had been productive.
“Just not taking care of the ball, playing loose with the basketball,” Coach Nate McMillan said. “A team like this will pound you, as they did.”
Hawks All-Star guard Trae Young has emerged as Public Enemy No. 1 in New York over the past couple of years ever since he began hearing “f–k Trae Young” chants during the Hawks’ Game 5 elimination of the Knicks in the first round of the 2020 playoffs. New York’s RJ Barrett said that matchups against Young and the Hawks are always “fun” and “a good game to be a part of,” but the Knicks need to channel the energy in their home building to their advantage after their weekend losses.
I simply think Atlanta will be worn down in the finale of its season-long tying five-game, nine-day road trip.
NBA Pick: Knicks ML (-120) at Bookmaker
The Parlay Verdict
- Heat ML (-250)
- Knicks ML (-120)
NBA Pick: Two-Legged Parlay (+156) at Bookmaker
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