NBA Picks and Parlays: 3 NBA Parlay and Same-Game Picks for Saturday
NBA Picks and Parlays: 3 NBA Parlay and Same-Game Picks for Saturday
Saturday's NBA Parlay
- Chicago Bulls +6
- Golden State Warriors: -9
- Cleveland Cavaliers +10
- Milwaukee Bucks -7
- New York Knicks -6
NBA Parlay Odds: +1700 (Risk $100 to win $1,700)
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An excellent five-team parlay where we aim to cover the spread on some of today's games. No money lines are on the docket for today, as we're looking for some weekend value with games that project to be high-scoring affairs. Let's take a look at each contest individually.
After a 4-0 undefeated start to the season, the Chicago Bulls came crashing down to earth as they lost against the New York Knicks and now face an even sterner test against the Utah Jazz – who are still undefeated. The Jazz will be without starting point guard Mike Conley and veteran wing Rudy Gay, while Hassan Whiteside is also doubtful for tonight's game, which will hurt the Jazz's depth charts. Chicago will be missing Patrick Williams, who has just been ruled out for the entire regular season, and their back-up point guard Coby White who has a shoulder injury. While neither team is fully healthy, it's the Jazz who are missing the most rotational talent. At the same time, we don't expect the Chicago Bulls to win this affair; taking them to lose by 6 points or less gives us a reliable cushion while still allowing this parlay to progress if they win.
After a wild comeback win against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Oklahoma City Thunder will enter tonight's game against the Golden State Warriors full of confidence. However misplaced that may be. The Warriors have a top-10 defense at this early juncture which spells trouble for a Thunder team who are struggling for offensive success. Ranking 27th in offense and 29th in defense, the Thunder don't exactly scream "tough opponent," which is why we're banking on the Warriors to win by a healthy margin! Sure, nine points is a big spread to cover, but taking the Thunders' defensive and offensive struggles into account, it's a value bet worth taking.
Evan Mobley, Lauri Markkanen, and Jarrett Allen are three skyscrapers that anchor the Cleveland Cavaliers' defense. With each of the three big men showing remarkable application on the defensive end, opposing teams struggle to get their offense going in both the paint and mid-range. That defense might not translate to the defensive rankings but is a clear indicator of how tough a team they are to play against. This season, Phoenix is off to a slow start, holding a 1-3 record with a 28th ranked defense. Quite frankly, they're a shadow of the team who made it to the NBA Finals a few months ago, but hey, it's still early. Phoenix is still the more talented team, with offensive firepower throughout their roster, which is why we're banking on the Cavaliers' defense to keep the score respectable with a +10 spread bet.
The reigning NBA champions face off against the San Antonio Spurs, who are struggling to begin the season. Milwaukee's 7th ranked offense should help lead them to victory over a Spurs team, ranked "middle of the pack" on both ends of the floor. These teams have already faced each other one this season, with the Bucks winning by a ten-point margin, and expecting a different outcome this time around doesn't make much sense. That's why we're banking on the Bucks winning this contest by seven or more points tonight, as we look to keep this parlay rolling full steam ahead.
Today's final game on our parlay sheet is the New York Knicks vs. the New Orleans Pelicans, and we're expecting the Knicks to win this game comfortably. Still, without Zion Williamson, the Pelicans are 1-5 to start their season and have one of the worst offenses in the league, averaging just 99.8 points per 100 possessions. The Knicks, however, are already in mid-season form and have been impressive right out of the gate. Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier have made a considerable difference to the team's spacing and ability to play at pace, RJ Barrett has been phenomenal on defense, and Julius Randle really wants an All-NBA nod, apparently. We're expecting the Knicks to win tonight, hence us taking the to cover a -6 point spread.
Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards Same-Game Parlay
- Celtics +7
- Under 225 points
- Odds: +162
After a lackluster performance against the Washington Wizards earlier this week, the Boston Celtics will be looking for revenge in tonight's game. The Celtics are without defensive guard Marcus Smart. At the same time, the improving Romeo Langford is questionable for tonight's contest, which further complicates their quest for redemption, as Smart is the defensive lynchpin on which the team hangs their hats. Luckily, Bradley Beal hasn't been his usual self when scoring the ball and is currently only converting 35.9% of his shot attempts and only 17.2% from three, but he's too good to bank on his struggles continuing much longer. The Wizards have their own injury struggles to contend with, as they're missing Thomas Bryant, Daniel Gafford, Rui Hachimura, and a couple of end-of-bench talents. To keep this parlay attractive, we're banking on the Celtics playing with more energy and pride, so if they do lose, we should expect it to be by a few points at most. Taking the Celtics to keep the game within a 7-point margin is a reasonable expectation, and if they win, so does this parlay! But feel free to invert this for the Wizards to continue their hot start to the season!
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets Same-Game Parlay
Minnesota Timberwolves +7
Nikola Jokic vs. Karl Anthony-Towns – that's the marquee matchup of tonight's contest. However, Jokic is still recovering from a knee injury that saw him be a game-time decision heading into the Nuggets victory against the Dallas Mavericks. The Timberwolves have been enjoying an excellent start to the season, playing with pace and defensive intensity that's new for fans of the franchise. Still, the Denver Nuggets are an intimidating proposition. Offensively, the Timberwolves have the edge, as they do with size off the bench, but the Nuggets are currently ranked 5th in defense, which should make this game an exciting watch. Naz Reid will be a core factor in tonight's game, as the Timberwolves attempt to punish the Nuggets' lack of size off the bench, while Anthony Edwards is always a risk of going nuclear. We're not expecting the Timberwolves to win here, but we expect the game to be high-scoring! What we're hoping for is that the Nuggets (on the second night of a back-to-back) don't repeat their performance against the Mavericks and win by a landslide. And of course, if the Timberwolves do pull out the W, the parlay still conveys, so it's a nice value bet to end your Saturday.
Adam has been covering the Boston Celtics since 2015 but has been an NBA fan since 1994. Never one to get too high, or too low, Adam likes to blend video and stats together for a clearer picture of the NBA game.