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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 Friday

Friday's NBA Parlay

Did anyone else expect the Oklahoma City Thunder to beat the Los Angeles Lakers again!? Me neither! Anyway, we're looking to get back on track with this three-team parlay, and I feel good about this one!

NBA Parlay Odds: +318: Risk $100 to win $318

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NBA Parlay Breakdown

With a defense that's currently sitting 8th in the league, it's hard to see where Detroit's points will come from against the Brooklyn Nets; after all, this is a Detroit Pistons team who are dead last in points-per-game, averaging just 95.5. Outside of Kyrie Irving, the Nets will be without Nic Claxton for this game, meaning we're likely to see Blake Griffin start at the five, giving the Nets a projected line-up that will provide Kevin Durant and James Harden oceans of space to generate their offense. With no injuries, the Pistons enter this game at full strength, but unless Cade Cunningham goes off for 30 and Jerami Grant explodes in the box score, taking the Nets to win by eight or more points is a highly likely outcome.

Tonight is a challenging game for the New York Knicks, who have lost their last two games. However, facing off against an injury-ravaged Milwaukee Bucks team might be the best form of medicine! Khris Middleton, Donte DiVincenzo, and Brook Lopez are all out for tonight's game, while Jrue Holiday is listed as probable. The Knicks, however, are at full strength and have been impressive to start the season. Despite their injury issues, Milwaukee has cobbled together a 4-4 record despite being middle of the road in both offense and defense. The Knicks enter tonight's game as slight underdogs but have every chance of winning, which is why we're taking them at +7 to cover our bases on both sides of the coin.

1st in points per game, 1st in made three-pointers per game, and first in three-point percentage – the Charlotte Hornets have been incredibly fun to watch this season, and despite their defensive weaknesses, they currently sit at 4-5. Are the Hornets an efficient offense? Yes, they're 5th in the NBA right now, but they're 27th in defense, making them the gun-slingers of the Eastern Conference. Sacramento has been on their own upwards trend, defying the odds to sit at .500 after eight games of the season and enter tonight's game as marginal favorites. However, the Kings are in a similar boat to the Hornets. Both teams have a reliable offense but struggle on defense, so tonight's game will likely come down to who has the hot hand. Any team with a LaMelo Ball and Miles Bridges pairing will score points in various ways, and we're taking the Hornets to either lose a close game or come out with the W.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Clippers Same-Game Parlay

Time: 8:10 p.m. ET

  • Minnesota Timberwolves +10
  • Over 214.5
  • Odds: +150

Timberwolves vs. Clippers Odds

Under no circumstances do I think that the Minnesota Timberwolves are 10 points worse than the Los Angeles Clippers. However, defense is always an issue for the Wolves because some days it's there, and others it's not, and for their last two games, it hasn't been there.

The matchup between these two teams is a repeat of earlier this week, where the Clippers ran out 11 point winners, thanks to stellar play from Reggie Jackson and Paul George.

However, the Timberwolves were without D'Angelo Russell for that game, so the first thing we need to know is if he will be playing tonight – which he isn't. The Timberwolves are also sweating on the availability of their backup center, Naz Reid, who is questionable with a shoulder injury, while the Clippers are still missing a plethora of their rotation:

  • Kawhi Leonard – out
  • Marcus Morris Sr. – out
  • Serge Ibaka – out

Despite missing three key pieces to their squad, Ty Lue has his Clippers team ranked 13th in Net Rating, while the Timberwolves are flirting with the bottom 10. Of course, we're not asking Minnesota to win tonight, and we're just asking them to lose by ten or fewer points, which seems a reasonable request!

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Indiana Pacers Same-Game Parlay

Time: 10:10 p.m. ET

  • Indiana Pacers +9
  • Under 223.5 points
  • Odds: +180

Trail Blazers vs. Pacers Odds

Rick Carlisle's team is starting to figure things out after a 1-6 start and has won their last two games, but faces a stern opponent in the Portland Trail Blazers, who currently have their struggles to work through. Both teams have no problem scoring the ball and rank within the top-10 for offensive rating, but neither can defend a lick to start the season.

TJ Warren has been a big miss for the Pacers' offense, but the return of Caris LeVert has helped offset that somewhat, while the Trail Blazers have been relatively healthy all season but have been adjusting to a new head coach's schemes. With Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner protecting the paint and stretching the floor on offense, the Trail Blazers will have a unique threat to try and counteract. While figuring out how to utilize their back-court against the impressive Malcolm Brogdon and Chris Duarte – it's going to be a close game! We're taking the Pacers to keep this close and lose by less than nine points or secure the win! While both teams poor defenses make 223.5 points or less a realistic target.

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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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