NBA Picks and Parlays: 3 NBA Parlay and Same-Game Picks for Sunday
Sunday's NBA Parlay
Sacramento Kings: +8
Charlotte Hornets: +7
Milwaukee Bucks: +5
Detroit Pistons: +15.5
Los Angeles Lakers: -8
Odds: +734 (Risk $100 to win $734)
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A scary good parlay to get your Halloween off to a frightfully good start! Four teams, all spread bets, and decent odds! What more could you ask for? Today, we're looking for high-value bets with an excellent chance of covering the spread – let's dive into the matchups!
In their last game, Dallas had a tough loss to the Denver Nuggets and have looked shaky on defense all season long, where they currently rank 18th in points allowed and 24th in defensive effective field goal percentage. Furthermore, the Mavericks are 29th in offensive points scored, so simply put, they're struggling out of the gate with a 3-2 record. The Kings, who are always expected to struggle, also boast a 3-2 record but are likely far happier about it! With the 9th ranked offensive in points scored, the Kings will aim to get downhill quickly and exploit Dallas' frailties on that end of the floor. Of course, we can't expect the Kings to win against a team that boasts Luka Doncic but asking them to keep the game within 8 points seems reasonable!
In what projects to be an evenly matched affair, the Portland Trail Blazers face the Charlotte Hornets, with both teams having similar starts to the season. While the Trail Blazers have the established star power, the Hornets have youth and explosiveness on their roster. Charlotte's offense currently sits in the top three, while the Trail Blazers have high-level offense and defense, so this will be a fun contest to follow. I'm expecting Portland to win this one, but taking the Hornets at +7 gives us some wiggle room and won't hurt us if they end up winning the contest.
Probably the pick of today's games, the Utah Jazz vs. the Milwaukee Bucks. The first thing to note is the injury list for both teams! The Jazz are missing Rudy Gay and Miye Oni, while the Bucks are without Brook Lopez, Donte DiVincenzo, and Jrue Holiday, so clearly, the Bucks enter this game as the underdogs due to missing multiple starters. As such, we're taking the Bucks to keep this game close but also ultimately to fall short against a rampant Jazz team.
Cade Cunningham finally made his debut for the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night, and now, on their second night of a back-to-back, the Piston face the unenviable task of playing the Brooklyn Nets. Detroit has only won once in their first five games. At the same time, the Nets sit at .500, and despite Cunningham now being available, the youthful backcourt of him and Killian Hayes isn't at the required level to cause Brooklyn's defense any significant problems. We're expecting the Nets to win by a landslide, but backing the Pistons at +15.5 is giving us every opportunity to keep this parlay trending upwards.
Our final game on this parlay is the Los Angeles Lakers vs. the Houston Rockets, and it's the only game where we're hoping the winning team covers the spread (which they should.) The Rockets currently sit in the bottom five for both defensive and offensive impact, as their rebuilding efforts continue to place them towards the bottom of the Western Conference. At the same time, the Lakers are in the top ten for offense but only one spot higher than the Rockets in defense. Heading into tonight's game, Kevin Porter Jr. is listed as questionable while Daniel House Jr. is out, further complicating the Rockets' chances. The Lakers' injury issues are well documented and continue to weaken their rotation. Currently, LeBron James and Wayne Ellington are questionable heading into the game. While Trevor Ariza, Talen Horton-Tucker, and Kendrick Nunn are out, Anthony Davis remains probable. Even with their injury woes, the Lakers should have enough in the tank to cover the -8 point spread to complete this parlay.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Detroit Pistons Same-Game Parlay
Money Line: Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets -12
Over 214 points
In the multi-game parlay, we gave the Pistons a charitable +15.5 point head start, but in this single game parlay, we're only giving them 12. The Nets have a supercharged offense. With Bruce Brown Jr starting to rediscover last season's form, the Pistons have too many players to worry about, which should allow James Harden and Kevin Durant to get hot early and develop a commanding lead. Shockingly, the Nets have a +0.7-league adjusted defensive rating, which will go a long way to ensure the spread is covered when considering the Pistons' over-reliance on Jerami Grant. Also, you can't ever expect a low-scoring game when a roster that boasts multiple future hall of fame players comes to town.
Utah Jazz vs. Milwaukee Bucks Same-Game Parlay
Money Line: Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz -2
Under 228.5 points
Factoring in the Milwaukee Bucks injury issues and the spacing issues that arise because of it, it's hard to look past the Utah Jazz winning this game. The Jazz currently occupies a top-5 offense and defensive, according to Cleaning The Glass, and are widely considered to be one of the strongest teams in the league right now. In their first five games, the Jazz has developed a +13.9 points differential, and considering two of the Buck's best defenders will be absent tonight. We have to take the Jazz on the money line. Of course, any game that involves Giannis Antetokounmpo will be a close one, which is why we're only giving the Jazz a two-point head start in tonight's game. If you think the Bucks could cause an upset here, inverting this parlay will land you odds of +550.