NBA Parlay Picks For Saturday: Will Philadelphia Rebound?
NBA Parlay Picks For Saturday: Will Philadelphia Rebound?
Philadelphia 76ers +8.5
New Orleans Pelicans +9
Detroit Pistons +14
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We finished one result short of hitting our multi-team parlay yesterday, thanks to the Sacramento Kings losing at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Today, we look to get back on track by backing the underdogs to cover some reasonable spreads.
No Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, or Matisse Thybulle means that the Philadelphia 76ers will struggle to win against the Indiana Pacers this evening. However, the return of Tobias Harris will be of some consolation to Doc Rivers. On a three-game losing streak, the 76ers injury issues have hit them hard and look to be the primary factor limiting them from making an immediate recovery against the 5-8 Indiana Pacers, who are 4-2 since the start of November. Thybulle will be a big miss for a team whose stars are out. At the same time, Harris is likely to encounter a minutes restriction as he continues his recovery from COVID, while the Pacers only concern is if Caris LeVert can recover from lower back soreness in time to participate in the game. When a team has been decimated by an injury like the 76ers, looking at offensive and defensive numbers becomes a fruitless task; instead, you just hope they can remain competitive. As such, we're expecting the 76ers to lose, but for their patch-up rotation to keep things within 8 points.
New Orleans' struggles to continue to grow, as they now sit at 1-12, placing them firmly at the bottom of the NBA's combined table. Only the Detroit Pistons have a worse net rating, with the Pelicans losing games by an average of 10.7 points. Brandon Ingram continues to be a game-time decision for the Pelicans as he recovers from a hip contusion. At the same time, Zion Williamson's absence still has no time frame, meaning Devonte' Graham is shouldering an offensive load beyond his capabilities, especially when considering the lack of firepower within the Pelicans rotation. Now, facing off against a Memphis Grizzlies team who are 25th in net rating, and will likely be missing Dillihand injury to a hand injury and Killian Tillie to back soreness, the Pelicans will once again try to add to their singular win of the season. However, the Grizzlies, while not elite, do have some game-changing players, with Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. being their primary stars. New Orleans' lack of star power, lackluster defense (they're dead last in defensive rating), and underwhelming offense means that we can only hope they play hard in an effort to leave the game with some pride. A 9-point head start should do the trick for this parlay, especially since the Grizzlies have been underwhelming in their last two games.
Finally, to complete the parlay, we need the Detroit Pistons to either lose by less than 14 or win their game against the Toronto Raptors. At 2-9, Detroit isn't much better than the Pelicans, but they are clearly in a rebuild, so you can cut them a little slack. On the other hand, Toronto has been one of the more surprising teams to begin the year, racking up a 7-6 record based on their intensity, length, and aggression, while Scottie Barnes is entertaining to watch. Both teams project to heave their primary rotation available, but Kelly Olynyk's status is unknown for the Pistons, while Precious Achiuwa remains questionable heading into tonight's game. However, the Raptors are currently 15th in offensive rating and 13th in defensive rating, which, compared to the Pistons' 30th placed offense and 18th placed defense, makes you very comfortable expecting the Raptors to win this game. All we're asking is that Detroit doesn't get blown-out, which, when giving them a 14-point head start, is incredibly difficult to do.
Single-game parlay: Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Boston Celtics +5
Over 205.5 points
There's no denying that the Boston Celtics are the favorites for their matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, after another overtime game, this time against the Milwaukee Bucks last night, the Celtics are primed to have some fatigue creeping into their performance. Meanwhile, Cleveland has had two-days rest and avoided any travel due to playing tonight's contest at home, giving them a slight physical advantage. The Cavaliers have some injuries to deal with tonight, though, with Kevin Love, Lauri Markkanen, and Collin Sexton all due to miss the contest, while the Celtics continue to be without All-Star wing Jaylen Brown. Both teams are relying on their defense to start the season, with the Cavaliers earning plaudits for their robust defensive unit, mainly thanks to the addition of rookie Evan Mobley and currently sixth for defensive rating. However, the Celtics have multiple offensive threats and will be relying on Jayson Tatum to take the team above .500 for the first time this season. We're expecting the Celtics to win but hedging our bets due to fatigue and travel while taking a slight risk on expecting both teams to score enough to get us over 205.5 total points.
Single-game parlay: Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Minnesota Timberwolves +12
Under 226.5 points
Undefeated in November, the Los Angeles Clippers are at home against a Minnesota Timberwolves team that just registered a major scalp over the Los Angeles Lakers. Currently sixth in net rating, the Clippers have been a resurgent unit this month and have been showing their contender credentials. Most notably, in their victory against the Miami Heat earlier this week, Kawhi Leonard and Marcus Morris Sr. continue to be on the injury list for the Clippers. In contrast, the Timberwolves have their entire rotation available. The Clippers will need to be wary of Minnesota's high-octane offense, especially when Anthony Edwards gets out on the break, while Karl Anthony-Towns will give Ivica Zubac nightmares if the latter allows himself to get pulled onto the perimeter. The Timberwolves enter tonight's contest with a -2.2 net rating, primarily due to their slide earlier this month, where the team went four games without a win, two of those losses coming against the Clippers. We're expecting the Clippers to make it 3 wins from 3 tonight but are hoping the Timberwolves' speed and floor spacing can keep them relatively competitive.