Line 1: Raptors ML (-340) vs. Spurs
Line 2: Clippers ML (-125) @ Grizzlies
Parlay Odds: (+130) (Bet $20 to win $26)
Reasoning: In the return of Demar Derozan to Toronto, the Spurs play underdog to the Raptors. Kawhi Leonard and company will look to spoil Derozan’s return to Canada. While Leonard is also playing his former team, this is a very intriguing matchup. I predict both teams will be playing inspired basketball, but the Raptors will prove to be too much for this Spurs team to handle. A fully healthy Raptors team is a scary sight, and is what we will be watching tonight. Expect a close one, with Toronto pulling off a win in their first game back since the All-Star break.
In the night cap, we have a young and new Clippers team traveling to take on the Grizzlies. Los Angeles will look to continue to gel as a team while building chemistry. A lot of new faces are present for Los Angeles, after a blockbuster trade sent Tobias Harris to Philadelphia in return for young talent and picks. While still pursuing the last playoff spot in the West, expect the Clippers to pull off a win in Memphis tonight. The future of the Clippers backcourt especially is very bright, and I believe we will see them grow up in this second half of the season. It starts against a defensive juggernaut in Memphis, but Los Angeles has plenty of talent to still score the basketball. Expect a typical game that involves the Grizzlies, but the Clippers pick up a win to cash in the Friday Parlay.