NBA Parlay Picks for Sunday: Kevin Durant to Light It Up in Return to Oklahoma City
Sunday's NBA Parlay
We hit on yesterday's multi-team parlay, but fell short in our single-team attempts, so we're back today to try and get even more success. There's a bunch of games today, so I've had a fun time picking where we can find the most value. Let's jump in.
- Brooklyn Nets -8 (Thunder vs. Nets Odds)
- Golden State Warriors -6 (Hornets vs. Warriors Odds)
- Chicago Bulls +10 (Clippers vs. Bulls)
NBA Parlay Odds: +416: Risk $100 to win $416
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NBA Parlay Breakdown
Brooklyn should be winning tonight's contest easily, especially since their 6th rated defense goes up against the Oklahoma City Thunder's 29th ranked offense. However, you do wonder where the Thunder's points are going to come from. Brooklyn continues to be without Kyrie Irving and Nic Claxton, while the Thunder have no injuries to concern themselves with. As such, it's easier to predict the outcome. Brooklyn's star duo of James Harden and Kevin Durant should be too much for the Thunder's young rotation to deal with, mainly when their supporting cast contains players like Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Joe Harris. Shai Gilgeous- Alexander will be a threat, but with little other scoring options, the Nets should easily cover the -8-point spread we're wagering today.
In terms of net rating, the Golden State Warriors are by far and away the best team in the NBA right now, posting a +14.1 rating. The Miami Heat sits second with a +7 rating; that's how big the gap is now. The Charlotte Hornets, for all their offensive weaponry, have struggled against Western Conference competition thus far, going 2-4 to start the season, and lost against the Warriors earlier this month by a 12-point margin. Klay Thompson and James Wiseman continue their recovery from injuries but have not participated this season, so we can't factor in their loss for the Warriors while the Hornets are at full strength. The Warriors have the #1 ranked defense in the NBA, only allowing 98.7 points per 100 possessions, while the Hornets offense sits 7th in the league, so this game will undoubtedly be a battle. Still, with the Hornets' struggles against the Warriors earlier this month, a -6-point spread for the Warriors oozes value heading into tonight's game.
Finally, we're asking the Chicago Bulls to keep their game against the Los Angeles Clippers within 10 points. The Clippers are on their second night of a back-to-back after defeating the Memphis Grizzlies last night, meaning there will be some tired legs on the court down the stretch later today. The Bulls' hot start to the season has given way to inconsistency and heading into tonight's game with the Clippers. Both teams share an 8-4 record. Zach Lavine will be a huge miss to the Bulls, as he's due to miss tonight's game due to a left thumb injury, while Nikola Vucevic's absence due to health and safety protocols make life even harder. Both teams continue to miss players on long-term injuries/recoveries. With the Clippers' current form (they're on a 7 game unbeaten run) and the Bulls' injury struggles, the Clippers should be winning this game easily. All we need is for Chicago to keep the score within 10 points.
Los Angles Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs Same-Game Parlay
- Los Angeles Lakers -5
- Los Angeles Lakers Money Line
- Odds: +120
Heading into tonight's contest, injuries hobble both teams. Their injury reports read like this:
- Trevor Ariza – Out
- Avery Bradley – Questionable
- Anthony Davis – Probable
- Talen Horton-Tucker – Probable
- LeBron James – Out
- Kendrick Nunn – Out
- Keita Bates-Diop – Probable
- Zach Collins – Out
- Jakob Poeltl – Out
- Jock Landale – Out
However, the Lakers will still have Dwight Howard, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, and others to call upon. When facing a rebuilding Spurs team struggling for consistency, it should be enough to see them through. Poeltl and Collins leave Greg Popovich's men relatively short in size, something the Lakers have in abundance and will likely hurt the Spurs' chances of getting a result from tonight's game. The Spurs have faced the Lakers once this season already, with LeBron also missing from that game – the Lakers won by three, with the Spurs' rim protection now seriously depleted, we're expecting to see a repeat of that game, but with the Lakers winning by 5 or more points.
Houston Rockets vs. Phoenix Suns Same-Game Parlay
- Phoenix Suns -6
- Phoenix Suns Money Line
- Odds: -120
Houston's offense is struggling to score 100 points per 100 possessions. That's less than a point per possession in a league where each bucket is worth 2 or three points – that's how poor their 28th ranked offense is right now. Phoenix's defense is ranked 10th in the NBA, meaning the Rockets' are likely to continue their scoring struggles in tonight's contest.
Neither team enters tonight with injury issues, and Phoenix is on a 6-game unbeaten run, while the Rockets haven't registered a win in their last 10 games, with one of those losses coming at the hands of the Suns in an 11 point loss earlier this month. Houston's struggles come from the lack of experience within their roster, as they continue to rebuild in the post-Harden era, while the Suns' are riding high from their NBA Finals appearance last season.
So we're not expecting the Rockets to suddenly return to winning ways, especially against one of the Western Conference's best teams. Still, we're being cautious with the scoreline, so a -6-point spread should see us over the line.