With the Super Bowl and the past football season well in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to turn your attention to the world of round ball and with that I have the weekend’s best mixed basketball parlay bets. You can stack a parlay any way you want whether it’s the moneyline, spread or total. And you can pull matchups from any sport on to your betting slip as well. These are my five favorite basketball games to build any and all of your parlays around this coming weekend.
#12 CREIGHTON BLUEJAYS over DePaul Blue Demons (Friday, 9pm EST)
If you’re not betting on Doug McDermott and Creighton, then you’re leaving a ton of cash on the table. Their games are very hard to find on television, but that only makes them one of my favorite “bet it and forget it” teams. The Bluejays are 9-1 SU and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall and that includes a 7-2 ATS record in their last 9 home games as well. Doug McDermott continues to be a force of nature and realistic candidate for most Player of the Year awards as well, so getting familiar with him now would be a smart idea. He could be a huge, impact player in the tournament. Creighton continues to offer value in an absolutely awful Big East Conference, and remain a must in the weekend’s best mixed parlay bets. McDermott will protect your money.
#2 Wichita State Shockers over NORTHERN IOWA (Saturday, 9pm)
The Shockers and the Bluejays are pretty much my favorite teams in the country when it comes to gambling. Wichita State is ranked second in the country and nobody really seems to care because they don’t have any of the top freshman recruits that people can’t stop blabbing on and on about. I’m fine with that. The Shockers are losing value at home, but on the road, they remain 7-1 ATS this season so with a visit to Northern Iowa on the docket, I can’t help but encourage them as one of the weekend’s best mixed parlay bets. Northern Iowa is an absolutely pathetic 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games and have gone 1-4 SU in the five most recent.
INDIANA PACERS over Portland Trailblazers (Friday, 7pm EST)
Nothing is more intriguing than the Portland-Indiana matchup that practically kicks of the weekend of NBA action. These are two of the best, young teams in the NBA and both are legitimate championship contenders. However, Portland is mired in a rough and tumble 3-7 ATS run in their past 10 games and have lost the momentum surge they began the season with.
Indiana has also been capsized a bit in terms of spread record, but they’re also going to be facing a miniscule line against Portland despite being at home. All of the weekend’s best mixed parlay bets should involve Indiana over Portland in some fashion. Take the moneyline, or the spread. The last time the Pacers played Portland they were upended 102-106. They’ll be out for revenge and if people are really convinced that the Lance Stephenson injury is going to slow them down, then they should be reminded that Danny Granger can step in for him just fine as a starter.
Frankly I just don’t trust Portland as a betting community right now.
CHARLOTTE BOBCATS over San Antonio Spurs (Saturday, 7pm EST)
“Are you insane?!” You’re damn right I am, but that has nothing to do with why I’m prefacing the Bobcats over the Spurs this Saturday as part of the weekend’s best mixed parlay bets. Charlotte has snuck up on everyone this year with a surprisingly efficient defense that allows just 96.9 points per game (5th overall). But that’s not the main reason to take Charlotte on Saturday.
The Spurs are in the midst of an absolutely awful road trip right now, which started in New Orleans on Monday, took them to Washington on Wednesday, Brooklyn on Thursday and then Charlotte over the weekend before zooming back up to go to Detroit, Boston and Los Angeles next week. That’s an absolutely horrendous travel schedule and we all know that Popovich won’t hesitate to rest his main guys if they need rest. The Bobcats will have appeal here as likely home dogs.
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER over New York Knicks (Sunday, 1pm EST)
This seems obvious because it is. Oklahoma City has been a staggeringly strong play lately, going 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games. The last time they played the Knicks, they obliterated them 123-94 on Christmas. And the Knicks have been in a bad way recently. This is more so a play against the Knicks than it is on the Thunder. New York had a nice four game win and cover streak recently, but that was preceded and followed by two 0-3 SU and ATS runs as well. Feel free to throw KD in to the weekend’s best mixed parlay bets if you want to stretch things out till Sunday. This game is as big of a lock as there is.