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March 3, 2022

Corrigan's Gambling Corner: 3 NBA Best Bets: +584 Parlay Odds - March 3, 2022

Hello, and welcome back to the gambling corner. We are back with our three favorite bets in the NBA tonight.

We are taking a little break from the player props and focusing on the best bets of the night. Could it be because I have gone cold with my player props? Possibly, but it also may be because I went 4-1 in the NBA last night, and I am heat-checking from halfcourt.

Either way, I love the board tonight.

We have a lot of great matchups, and one of the best players in the NBA is making his return after being sidelined for a few months. I do not know about you, but I am excited about tonight's slate.

We would love for you to tail our picks. If you do so, please always remember to gamble responsibly.

*Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook

Chicago Bulls at Atlanta Hawks

The Bulls are coming off back-to-back losses, including a 13-point loss to the Heat earlier in the week. While they are one of the best teams to bet on this season (36-25-1 ATS), they are only 14-14-1 ATS on the road, and Chicago has a SU record of 15-14 away from home this season. The good news is, the Bulls are 33-7 SU playing as the favorite this season, and the Hawks are 8-17 as a dog.

I have watched this line flip a few times throughout the morning, and that has me a little nervous. Atlanta has not been great this season, but they are starting to play better as Trae Young is starting to heat up. Over his last six games, Young is putting up 29.8 points and 8.7 assists per game on 46.5% shooting from the field, and 37.5% shooting from deep.

If both teams were fully healthy, I would lean heavily towards the Bulls because of their elite defense and top 10 ranked offense. However, since Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso went down with injuries, the defense has taken a dip, especially against offensive-minded teams like Atlanta.

These two teams have matched up three times this season, and the total has gone over in two of those games. In their three games against each other this season, they are averaging 238.6 points per game. The total has also gone over in five straight home games for the Hawks, and both teams have above .500 records against the total this season.

Pick: Over 232 (-110)

Miami Heat at Brooklyn Nets

The Slim-Reaper is finally back.

Kevin Durant is expected to play in his first game since January, and it could not come at a better time. The Nets have only won three times in their last 18 games, and with Kyrie Irving not available for home games, the Nets did not have a real counter for the team with the best record in the East.

Although Seth Curry and Andre Drummond have been good additions, the loss of James Harden left them without a superstar player at home this season. When Brooklyn is finally able to fully assemble, they are going to be tough to beat. Right now, even with Durant coming back, they have a brutal matchup.

Despite losing on a last-second shot against the Bucks last night, there are not many better teams than the Heat right now. Miami has won nine of their last 11, and they have covered in six of their last seven on the road this season. A big part of their success came from the wonderful play of Tyler Herro in February. Herro put up 21.1 points per game on 52.8% shooting from the field, and in his first game played this month, he scored 30 points on the Bucks.

We do not know how many minutes Durant will play tonight, but I have a hard time believing Brooklyn is going to ask him to go out and play 40 minutes. Durant is going to be the best player on the floor tonight, but the Heat are going to be the better team.

Pick: Heat -2 (-114)

Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers

Two years ago, the Clippers and Lakers were on a collision course for the Western Conference Finals. The Lakers held up their end of the bargain while the Clippers choked against the Nuggets. Even though they did not get a chance to have a battle for Los Angeles, many thought this was going to be a long-standing rivalry in the NBA.

Now, this game sucks.

It is starting to get really funny how bad the Lakers are. An injured Anthony Davis certainly has not helped them this season, but the Lakers are just not any good, even with Davis in the lineup. The Lakers are 1-6 SU in their last seven, and they are only 26-35 ATS this season. Sure, LeBron James has been awesome this season, but Russell Westbrook is such a negative-impact player, that he almost wipes out the good that LeBron brings this team.

On the other side of the city, the Clippers are somehow above .500 even without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. The Clippers are also 6-1 ATS in their last seven against the Lakers, and their last seven games overall. Every metric is telling me to take the Clippers, but I just think they are overachieving right now.

I have been a LeBron guy for practically my whole life, a Bronsexual if you will. I do not like either of these teams, but I can feel comfortable losing on the side of LeBron James, not against him. 

I consider this game a pick 'em' because of how bad these two teams are, so I will take the points.

Pick: Lakers +2.5 (-110)

3-LEG PARLAY ODDS: (+584) 1 UNIT TO WIN 5.84 UNITS

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