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Today’s Best Bets

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NBA Same Game Parlay Picks

Golden State Warriors vs. Memphis Grizzlies

  • Leg 1: Desmond Bane Over 5.5 Assists (+100)
  • Leg 2: Tyus Jones Over 8.5 Assists (+112)
  • Leg 3: Jaren Jackson Over 1.5 Threes (+102)

The Grizzlies are still without Ja Morant. Therefore, everyone on the roster is stepping up more than usual.

Desmond Bane averages just 4.3 assists per game this season. However, he’s hit six or more in four of his last five games. Bane hasn’t shot it, particularly well over the last couple of games. So he’s dishing off some passes and earning assists to get others involved, who will score.

The same can be said about Tyus Jones. Jones has hit at least nine assists in three of his last five games. He’s also had four games with at least ten assists since Morant left the team. The Warriors are in the lower half of the league in assists allowed. Bane and Jones will be racking up the assists tonight.

Hopefully, a couple of those assists go to Jaren Jackson Jr. from three. Jackson has attempted 4.9 threes per game in the month of March, but he’s only hitting them at 31.8%.

He’s coming off an 0-for-3 night despite going 12-20 from the field. Look for Jackson Jr. to bounce back from downtown. Ultimately, you can expect him to take around five threes tonight. Just two need to go down.

Parlay Odds: +708

  • Jason Radowitz

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NBA Game Picks

New York Knicks vs. Denver Nuggets

Let’s be worried about the Nuggets for a bit. Denver has lost four of their last six games, with their two wins being both unimpressive and fortunate. It is now seven straight games that the Nuggets have been either tied (once) or trailing heading into the fourth quarter. We can be worried, right?

These last two weeks, the Nuggets rate 21st in Net Rating'and 24th in Pts/Poss differential. For context, Denver is fifth and sixth in these respective categories for the year. If we didn’t know better, Denver looks like a fringe play-in team in the West– not the Conference’s top seed, with the reigning 2x MVP on their roster. The team’s fall from grace is inexplicable but inarguable, and it would be fortuitous to expect that they solve their issues in the Garden this Saturday afternoon.

Let’s talk about the Knicks. New York actually rates higher than the Nuggets in Adjusted Net Rating for the year and is the NBA’s second-best team in Pts/Poss differential since the All-Star break. Further, the team may get G Jalen Brunson back (click here for full injury reports), and his return to the court should only bolster New York’s chances for victory.

There’s no good sell for Denver right now, and it’s very likely that their skid continues until they return home to Colorado. Bet the Knicks, this game should be a pick’em (at the least).

Bet: Knicks +2 (-110)

  • Tommy Jurgens

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First Basket Scorer

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Indiana Pacers

There's no reason to fix what isn't broken. Philadelphia is playing at Indiana on the second night of a back-to-back so Embiid may get a rest day. However, if Embiid is in the lineup he's a must-play again for First Basket.

Indiana is one of the worst teams in the league at scoring First Baskets. They've only cashed this prop in about one-third of their games. This points to Philadelphia players and, as I highlighted ad nauseam, also points to Embiid.

Indiana, much like other teams that struggle to prevent First Baskets, have defensive holes in the paint. The Pacers give up more first field goals to centers than any other position. I'm going to the well once more this weekend and taking Joel Embiid.

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