Degen Show Part (2/22/21)
Your favorite Degens give you their NBA Bet Picks for 2/22/21 and there’s some hockey picks below too. Listen to their NBA win totals episode for more NBA action.
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Max’s NBA Bet Picks for 2/22/21
Chicago (-1) at Houston (1)
Pick: Bet $20 Chicago
Total: 227.5 (Lean Under – 225)
Predicted Score: Chicago 114 – Houston 111
Overview: Zach Lavine dropped 38 in Chicago’s win over the Kings on Saturday and his scoring efforts have been a catalyst to the Bulls winning 3 of 4 games. Lavine and company head to Houston – a team in a bit of flux right now. After losing 7 in a row, the Rockets put up their first signal that they are ready to look towards the future and make additional changes to the team.
Houston parted ways with DeMarcus Cousins to make room for Christian Wood to develop once he returns. The Rockets are also dealing with an injury to Victor Oladipo – who they might trade. That leaves John Wall to do things on his own. Whether Wall is with the team much longer is another discussion point too.
This is all to say – Houston is a mess right now.
So do I trust the Bulls in consecutive games? I guess so. This is a team that can score points and now their defense isn’t looking like absolute dogshit so maybe they can win some more games. $20 bet on the Bulls.
Memphis (5) at Dallas (-5)
Pick: Bet $20 ML Memphis +170
Total: 231 (Lean Under – 227)
Predicted Score: Memphis 115 – Dallas 112
Overview: Dallas’ game against Houston was postponed on Friday – so today’s game will be their 7th home game in a row. During this stretch, they have gone 4-2 – improving their home record to 6-8 on the year. Do the math – prior to this, Dallas was dreadful at home.
Memphis just wrapped up a 4-game homestand and now they hit the road where they are 7-4 on the year. The Grizzlies’ offensive and defensive efficiency metrics are better on the road than at home and their effective field goal % is 3 percent better when playing away from home.
Memphis did not put up much of an effort on Saturday against the Suns and that type of lackadaisical play is concerning to a sports better. But I think they show up today and pull out a win. $20 moneyline bet on the Grizzlies.
Washington (6.5) at LA Lakers (-6.5)
Pick: Bet $20 Washington
Total: 226.5 (Lean Under – 226)
Predicted Score: LA Lakers 115 – Washington 111
Overview: This will be the day that the Wizards shit the bed and show me why I should not bet on them. Washington has won 4 in a row and on Saturday’s show, I wanted to bet them and opted not to out of fear I was late to the party. Well, I wasn’t late then but I’ll probably be late now.
The Wizards have had a dynamic offense all season. In fact, that could describe them last year too – mostly due to Herculean efforts by Bradley Beal. In their recent wins, though, you can spot what the experts call “defense” being played. It’s not great defense – but when you are second to last in the league on the season and have the 17th best defensive efficiency over the past week – I’d say it’s progress.
The Lakers don’t have a problem with defense. It’s offense that’s been plaguing them ever since Anthony Davis went down with an injury. Their effective field goal % is a full point less without Davis the past few games and their offensive efficiency is 6th worst in the league over that span.
This doesn’t suggest they lose the game today. Maybe they just don’t win by enough to cover. Betting $20 on Washington.
Miami (-4.5) at Okla City (4.5)
Pick: Lean Oklahoma City
Total: 213.5 (Lean Over – 221)
Predicted Score: Oklahoma City 111 – Miami 110
Portland (6.5) at Phoenix (-6.5)
Pick: Lean Portland
Total: 230 (Lean Under – 225)
Predicted Score: Portland 113 – Phoenix 112
Charlotte (12) at Utah (-12)
Pick: Lean Charlotte
Total: 228 (Lean Under – 222)
Predicted Score: Utah 113 – Charlotte 109
Max’s Salty NHL Bets for 2/22/21
Another bad day for me. I was 1-3 in picks and 0-1 in bets. On the season, I am now 146-112 in picks, 39-35 in bets and up $57.92. But the problem is that since 2/12/21, I am 31-31 in picks, 6-12 in bets and down $106.04.
Vegas Golden Knights (122) at Colorado Avalanche (-135)
Pick: Bet Vegas
Calgary Flames (155) at Toronto Maple Leafs (-173)
Pick: Lean Toronto
Dallas Stars (102) at Florida Panthers (-122)
Pick: Lean Dallas
Buffalo Sabres (142) at New York Islanders (-157)
Pick: Lean New York
Los Angeles Kings (140) at St. Louis Blues (-156)
Pick: Lean Los Angeles
Anaheim Ducks (139) at Arizona Coyotes (-154)
Pick: Lean Arizona
Minnesota Wild (-144) at San Jose Sharks (130)
Pick: Lean Minnesota