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Three parlay and same-game parlay picks from NBA expert Adam Taylor, breaking down tonight's action from around the NBA.

NBA Picks and Parlays: 3 NBA Parlay and Same-Game Picks for Thursday

Thursday's NBA Parlay

Today we're taking all favorites, with each team being from the Western Conference. There's no better way to jump-start the weekend than hitting on a multi-team parlay, so we're playing it safe! Let's dive in.

NBA Parlay Odds: +543: Risk $100 to win $543

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NBA Parlay Breakdown

You could argue that the Utah Jazz had an easy start with games against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Sacramento Kings (twice), and Houston Rockets, making up four of their first seven games. You can then discredit their victory against the Milwaukee Bucks due to the injuries Milwaukee is playing through, but you can only beat what's put in front of you, and the Jazz has done just that, convincingly no less. Comprising of the league's fourth-best offense and third-best defense, the Jazz are no joke, and while the Atlanta Hawk's depth is a huge factor in their potential success, they reside out of the top-10 for both categories. Want more reason to favor the Jazz? They're second league-wide in net rating with 12.1. Of course, we're not expecting a landslide here, and there is a risk if Donovan Mitchell is downgraded from questionable to out. Still, the Jazz winning by four or more points is a safe bet, especially against a Hawks team that has shown nothing but inconsistency to this point in the season.

Next up is a Lakers revenge game, as they look to right the wrong of last week when they imploded down the stretch to give the Thunder maiden win of the season. Both teams are dealing with uncertainty regarding their rotation tonight; Luguentz Dort is questionable for the Thunder, while there is a ridiculous list of injury concerns for the Lakers.

  • Anthony Davis – probable
  • Wayne Ellington – probable
  • LeBron James – questionable
  • Dwight Howard – questionable
  • Trevor Ariza – out
  • Kendrick Nunn – out
  • Talen Horton-Tucker – out

With so many players potentially missing tonight's game, you could be forgiven for expecting yet another upset. But Russell Westbrook and whoever else suits up are unlikely to allow that to happen. Most of the Lakers' injury issues have been prevalent throughout the season, but that hasn't stopped them climbing to twelfth in the league's offensive ratings, and a twelfth ranked Lakers offense should have more than enough to beat a 29th ranked Thunder defense. We're expecting a blow-out here and are taking the Lakers to win by 12 or more points.

Finally, we have another Western Conference titan taking on a rebuilding team languishing at the bottom of the conference standings. The Phoenix Suns face off against the Houston Rockets in a battle between the current 8th seed and the 13th seed, but don't let the early-season standings fool you. The Suns are a far better team than their record shows. Heading into tonight's game, the Suns will be sweating on the availability of Deandre Ayton and Cameron Payne, who are both questionable. In contrast, the Rockets are without Danuel House Jr. and will wait on Daniel Theis' availability. Regardless of the injury report, the Suns should have plenty in the tank against a Rockets team with only one with to their name! We're banking on Devin Booker going off tonight and leading the Suns to a victory of 9 or more points.

Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Same-Game Parlay

  • Boston Celtics +9
  • Over 214.5 points

Heat vs. Celtics Odds

A victory against the Orlando Magic doesn't do enough to make me confident about the Celtics' chances against an impressive Miami Heat team; neither does the media attention on a player only meeting this early into the season. Furthermore, the Heat currently hold 2nd position in both offensive and defensive rating and have developed Tyler Herro into a potential sixth man of the year candidate. Oh, and did I mention the Heat currently hold the top spot for net rating in the NBA? Heading into tonight's contest, neither team has any new additions to their injury report, but it's worth noting that the Celtics are on their second night of a back-to-back, whereas the Heat last played on Tuesday night. We're expecting the Heat to win tonight but are banking on some Celtics pride to keep the scoreline respectable and within nine points.

Detroit Pistons vs. Philadelphia 76ers Same-Game Parlay

  • Philadelphia 76ers -7
  • Philadelphia 76ers Moneyline

Pistons vs. 76ers Odds

Detroit sits 1-6, Philadelphia 6-2. One team is rebuilding from the ground up, and the other is attempting to compete for a championship. The 76ers enter tonight's game with the number 1 ranked offense in the NBA, averaging 114.6 points per 100 possessions, while the Pistons defense is ranked 22nd. Hence, a seven-point victory is easily achievable according to the numbers. It's worth noting that the 76ers are without both Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris, two of their top-3 performers, while the Pistons have a total bill of health outside of Chris Smith. While the 76ers are shorter on talent than they would like to be, they won't fear anyone on the Pistons roster outside of Jerami Grant. Sure, the Pistons have some high-quality young players in their rotation, but they don't figure to be impactful right now, which is why we're taking the spread and money line on a 76ers victory tonight.

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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.


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