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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 Parlay Picks for Saturday: Cash Our +470 Expert Parlay

Saturday's NBA Parlay

There's a bill of close games today where selecting a winner is problematic, so we're looking to hedge our bets against the spread. Nevertheless, there are three teams on today's docket, all of which can net us a nifty profit, so let's dive right in.

NBA Parlay Odds: +160: Risk $100 to win $160

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NBA Parlay Breakdown

Denver vs. Houston is our "gimme" selection, where a victory is all be certain, or at least, we hope. Currently sitting fifth in the NBA for Net Rating, the Nuggets have been navigating Jamal Murray's injury to begin the season and struggling to find consistency because of it. However, the Houston Rockets provide Denver with an opportunity to move about .500 and get their season trending in a positive direction! Nikola Jokic will undoubtedly dictate play from above the break, while Michael Porter Jr. will feast on the Rockets' porous defense (they're 17th in the NBA.) Houston's job is further complicated by the absence of John Wall and Daniel Theis, which is why we're expecting the Nuggets to win by eight or more points.

Miami is in action for the first time since their mauling at the hands of the Boston Celtics, and they will be looking to prove why they're still one of the best teams in the league by defeating the Utah Jazz. With an offense that sits 5th in the league and a defense that occupies second place, the Heat are no joke but will need to limit Rudy Gobert around the rim if they want to stand a chance of winning. Utah is on a three-game winning streak and has only lost once in their first eight games, which sees them sitting atop the Western Conference. Both teams begin the day with one of their star players listed as questionable, Donovan Mitchell for Utah and Kyle Lowry for Miami. In what will be a tightly contested affair, we're hedging our bets by trusting the Heat to either lose by 9 points or less or win the game outright.

Philadelphia enters tonight's game on a 5-game winning streak and recently beat the Chicago Bulls by five points before dispatching the Detroit Pistons in an 11-point rout. Now, the 76ers and Bulls meet for the second time this week, as Chicago looks for revenge. Unfortunately, the Bulls' strength is on the perimeter, where Philadelphia's best defenders reside, as they found out in their previous meeting. Interestingly, the 76ers are fourth in Net Rating coming into tonight's game, while the Bulls sit directly below them in 5th, meaning we're treated to a spectacle of efficiency this evening. A big concern for 76ers fans will be the availability of Joel Embiid, who missed their last game against Detroit, and while he's cleared to participate in tonight's game, his impact is likely to be under question. As such, we're banking on the 76ers remaining competitive while also allowing us to finish the parlay even if Philadelphia wins the game.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics Same-Game Parlay

Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

  • Dallas Mavericks +6
  • Boston Celtics Money Line
  • Odds: +470

Mavericks vs. Celtics Odds

Both the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics have been inconsistent to start the season, yet they have embarked on a two-game winning streak and are looking to continue their excellent defensive form against the Dallas Mavericks.

Both teams have a young superstar in the making on their roster. In this contest, the Celtics will be without Jaylen Brown, which will hurt their offense given his recent efficiency when shooting that ball. However, after their young bench core performed against the Miami Heat, there's cautious optimism of a repeat performance in Dallas. Josh Richardson remains questionable heading into tonight's contest after missing the Celtics victory over the Heat on Thursday night, while Dallas is sweating on the availability of Kristaps Porzingis and Reggie Bullock, who are both questionable to start the day.

The Mavericks currently sit 25th in offense and 15th in defense, and should their second star in Porzingis not be at his best, and the Celtics will have no issue winning this game. Of course, we're expecting the Mavericks to keep things close down the stretch, which the presence of Luka Doncic should help ensure.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers Same-Game Parlay

Time: 10:30 p.m. ET - NBA TV

  • Los Angeles Lakers +12.5
  • Portland Trail Blazers Money Line
  • Odds: +100

Trail Blazers vs. Lakers Odds

Things aren't going according to plan in Tinseltown; another loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder has sent shockwaves through their roster, regardless of who was or wasn't available to play that game. It's a similar story for the Lakers tonight. Their injury issues continue to ravage their rotation, with Trevor Ariza, Talen Horton-Tucker, LeBron James, and Kendrick Nunn all out, while Anthony Davis is questionable.

Portland has their full roster available and will be full of confidence in facing the Lakers' end of bench rotation for 48 minutes, especially as their offensive rating has recently risen to 7th in the NBA, along with their Net Rating of 1.4 placing them 11th in the league. We're not expecting the Lakers to win by any means; they're too short-handed for that, but we hope Russell Westbrook and possibly a minutes restricted Anthony Davis to keep the final score somewhat respectable.

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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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