A though loss on Thursday in the 76ers @ Warriors match-up. The defending champs came into that game in sizzling form and had also beaten the Sixers in every match dating back to 2013. However, the Sixers were able to weather the early Warrior onslaught and were strong enough defensively down the stretch to close out a very impressive victory. We now look to bounce back and start off February with a bang as we provide our best pick + parlay. Good luck to everyone following!
Best Bet Friday February 1st
Houston Rockets @ Denver Nuggets (Pepsi Center 10pm ET)
Our best bet from the first day of February comes from the Western Conference match-up between the Houston Rockets and the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center in the Mile High city of Denver. These teams have already face off twice this season, with one meeting in both Houston and Denver. Interestingly, the Rockets have taken the chocolates in both contests, meaning the Nuggets must win this one at home to avoid losing the four game regular season series.
The Houston Rockets come into this one off a bizarre loss last time out agains the Pelicans at home. They were standout favourites in that one with their nearly full strength roster taking on the severely undermanned Pelicans. However, their defense just wasn’t up to scratch and they paid the ultimate price. Prior to that game they’d won three on the spin and were looking like the 2017-18 version of the Houston Rockets. As it stands, they’re currently in sixth spot in the stacked Western Conference and need to start winning often if they’re to gain home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. James Harden has continued his unbelievable scoring stretch and has now notched 24 straight 30+ points games, which puts him elite company, as does his January average of 43.6 points per game.
The Denver Nuggets continue to prove they’re the real deal with impressive performances week in and week out. They’re currently on a four game winning streak that includes a couple of huge blowouts. It hasn’t been the easiest runs for the Nuggets either, as they’ve had their fair share of injury troubles, particularly in the back court. As it stands, they sit in second spot in the Western Conference standings and are just one game back from league leaders and defending champions the Golden State Warriors.
We see this as being an extremely tight affair that could go either way. The Rockets have the 2-0 series advantage but a few of their banged up stars may trouble in the trying condition in Denver. For this reason, our play isn’t going to be on the head-to-head markets, it’s instead going to be on Nikola Jokic to eclipse his Points Overs market. He has an extremely favourable match-up with no Clint Capela on the opposing side, which leaves the Rockets with little to no options that can guard the force of the Joker. We see the newly named All-Star having a huge game at home here.
Parlay of the Day
There’s just the five games on Friday, so we’re keeping our parlay fairly simple. First up we’re going with the Celtics (-13.5 spread) to demolish the undermanned Knicks in an extremely one sided affair. Secondly, we’re going with the Hornets (moneyline) to defeat the Grizzlies who have won just two of their last 18 games. Finally, we’ve taken the Thunder (moneyline) to get the job done on the road against the mediocre Miami Heat.