NBA picks and parlays for Aug 26: How the Thunder can win again
The schedule is getting smaller each and every day. This can make things more difficult from a handicapping perspective. The injuries are mounting, the teams are adjusting and if you want to make successful NBA picks and parlays for Aug 26, you have to know as much as possible. It all starts with who the public is playing as part of the NBA betting consensus.
NBA betting consensus
The Milwaukee Bucks are one of the favorite teams for the public to bet on. They have let the Magic keep the games close, but after pulling out a double-digit win in the last outing, they are popular yet again. Over 70 percent of the basketball bets believe that the Bucks will cover the (-14) and get rid of the Magic once and for all. The Lakers and surprisingly to some extent, the Rockets are getting the most bets in the other games on today’s schedule.
Daily NBA Picks
Here our best bets for today in the NBA playoffs. All point-spreads are taken from our top sportsbooks.
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Thunder +3 [BET NOW]
It can’t be easy to bet on Houston in this series with as bad as they have looked. Our picks shifted the focus to the Thunder in the last two games and it won’t change for this game. James Harden looks troublesome at times handling the ball. He can still score some points but he is constantly in trouble and misses Russell Westbrook. The Thunder can outrun Houston with Chris Paul, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Dennis Schroder, Lu Dort, and Danilo Gallinari. If the Rockets are missing shots, they will not be able to overcome this problem. Paul is constantly getting open shots and the Thunder is 29-14 ATS in their last 43 games playing on 1 day of rest.
Bucks -14 [BET NOW]
You are not going to go rich betting double-digit favorites. It gets even more dangerous when you are betting with the public. But the Bucks have to move on to the next series as the Miami Heat will be waiting with extra days off. The Bucks found the second gear in the last win and it revolves around how well Khris Middleton asserts himself on offense. The Magic have a depleted lineup and they are hitting the wall. They ran out of gas at the end of the last game and will have nothing left in this series. The Bucks are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 playoff games as a favorite and the Magic are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. Bucks wrap it up with a blowout win.
Daily NBA Parlay
Our parlays are hitting at a nice clip during the postseason. We hit one again and we have another one on tap for you tonight.
Here is the parlay to bet for tonight.
Bucks / Magic over 227
Lakers/Trail Blazers under 226
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Bucks / Magic over 227 [BET NOW]
Don’t look for much defense by the Magic. They can’t stop Giannis Antetokounmpo and with limited players, don’t look for a big defensive effort. Tired basketball players reach a lot on defense and that will bring about more fouls and therefore more points. The over is 19-6-1 in Magic last 26 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game and 22-5-1 in the last 28 overall. The Bucks have seen 7 of the last 10 games go over the total and they may put up over 135 points in this game.
Lakers/Trail Blazers under 226 [BET NOW]
The Lakers crushed the Trail Blazers in the last game. They could not miss from the floor. No one on Portland stepped up when Dame was double-teamed and the Lakers size dominated the paint. Now Damian Lillard is out for game 5.
Damian Lillard will not play in Game 5 as the Trail Blazers face elimination against the Lakers https://t.co/q71w0TplCZ
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) August 25, 2020
The Lakers will be able to cruise on offense and control the tempo. They still win, but this will be a much lower scoring game. The under is 5-2 in Trail Blazers last 7 games following a straight-up loss of more than 10 points and 7-2 in Lakers last 9 games following a straight-up win. Bet this game under.
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