NBA Picks of the Day (8/13)

I’m going to give my picks for each game today and give one player prop bet that I absolutely love. If you’re smart, unlike me, you should take these picks straight up. Or, if you parlay like I love to do, all I can say is parlay and pray.

Kings +5.5 -110 over Los Angeles

I’d take this spread right now if you could. Both Anthony Davis and Kyle Kuzma are sitting out tonight, and LeBron James and Danny Green won’t be playing past the first half. The Kings will be without De’Aaron Fox, Richaun Holmes, and Kent Bazemore, but Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic should keep the scoring up for Sacramento and keep the game close. I’m rolling with the Kings spread this afternoon.

Bucks/Grizzlies O229 -110

There’s no way of going around it, this is a must-win game for Memphis. Getting a win today would keep them in line for the play-in tournament against Portland, Phoenix, or San Antonio. In a matchup against a Giannis-less Bucks, the Grizzlies must come out firing and keep their foot on the gas. Even without Giannis, the Bucks should score a good amount of points with Middleton, Bledsoe, and Lopez still active. I’m torn between who will win this game, but I’d bet the over in this one.

Trail Blazers ML (-455) over Brooklyn

Let me just say this. Damian Lillard will not allow the Trail Blazers to lose today. He just won’t. Whether he drops 50, 60, or 70, he’ll do whatever he has to do to make sure the Blazers secure a spot in the play-in tournament. Betting the moneyline at -455 is absurd, but it’s the easiest bet to make. Hammer the Trail Blazers.

Suns ML (-415) over Dallas

The Suns need to win this game if they want to make the play-in tournament. Plain and simple. Kristaps Porzingis is doubtful, and Seth Curry is questionable to play, so Dallas is already undermanned. Devin Booker has been the Bubble MVP thus far and will have to play like an MVP today if he wants to lead his team into the play-in tournament. Going 8-0 in the bubble would be the ultimate underdog story and I know I want to see it. I’m itching for a Blazers/Suns play-in game, and there’s a good chance we can see it. Today we’re Phoenix fans.

Bonus Player Prop: Damian Lillard Over Points

My prop bets currently aren’t working so I don’t have an exact number to go off of, but hammer the over for Dame’s total points against Brooklyn. I said it earlier, and I’ll say it again, he will not let the Trail Blazers lose and miss out on the playoffs. He’ll do whatever he has to to make sure that doesn’t happen, even it means dropping another 60 bomb.

Take these picks with caution. If you bet, good luck and be smart. If you decide to parlay a few of these games, all I can say is parlay and pray.

Photo: Kim Klement/Pool Photo via The Associated Press

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