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Adam Taylor has his three favorite parlays for the Monday slate of NBA games.

NBA Parlay Picks For Monday: Boston Bounces Back

Multi-team parlay

Detroit Pistons +9

New Orleans Pelicans +12.5

Orlando Magic +15

Odds: +174

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Of the five teams we backed yesterday, only one let us down. It's just a shame that it was part of the multi-team parlay. But we're back again today and giving the underdogs a chance to make us proud!

On a four-game losing streak, the Sacramento Kings will welcome tonight's contest against the Detroit Pistons but will need to be aware of Detroit's two wins last week as they come into this game with a modicum of momentum. Despite a slight uptick for the Pistons, they're still rooted to the bottom of the NBA in net rating, posting a negative 9.5 per game. At the same time, the Kings have climbed to seventh in offensive rating but continue to lament their defense, giving up an average of 109.6 points per 100 possessions. This game will undoubtedly be a "league pass game," devoid of casual fan interest, but there's a ton of value to be found in backing the Pistons to lose by 9 or fewer points.

Another underdog in action today is the New Orleans Pelicans, possibly the worst team in the NBA right now, well, until Zion Williamson returns at least. However, the Pelicans have finally registered their second win of the season, snapped their losing streak, and proved there is still life in their roster. However, the Wizards have been solid all season, winning 9 of their first 12 games and finding themselves sitting 10th in net rating. Washington is also on a four-game winning streak, which they will feel confident about extending in tonight's contest. However, without Bradley Beal, Davis Bertans, Thomas Bryant, and Rui Hachimura, the Wizards will face an uphill battle against a Pelicans roster that might smell blood in the water. Regardless of Washington's injuries, their roster should still be strong enough to register their fifth win on the bounce. Still, by giving the Pelicans a +12.5-spread, we can feel confident about hitting our target regardless of who the outright winner is.

Finally, we have the Orlando Magic at +15, which is an enormous head start for a team that has been entertaining to start the year; however, against the Atlanta Hawks, that type of spread was required to generate reasonable value. With their usual injuries, Magic is possibly without Jalen Suggs, who enters the day as questionable with a right ankle sprain. At the same time, the Hawk's have currently submitted no injury details for tonight's game. Neither team has had a winning start to their season, and the Hawks only have five wins to their name, but their roster depth and scoring potential are legitimate, while the Magic's defense allows 110.1 points per 100 possessions. With both teams struggling for consistency, there's every chance Orlando wins tonight's matchup, but they're also likely to get blown out; hence the +15-point spread to help us complete today's parlay.

Single-game parlay: Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Boston Celtics -2

Boston Celtics Money Line

Odds: +218

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There was another loss for the Boston Celtics over the weekend, as they surrendered a 20-point lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Now, in the rematch, the Celtics will look to win yet another revenge game. Jaylen Brown and Al Horford were absent in the weekend's contest and enter today as questionable, but with or without those two, we can't expect another implosion from this Celtics team. The Celtics have finally started to develop an identity on defense, and since the start of November, rank 3rd in the NBA for defensive rating, yet it's their offense that's hurting them. Jayson Tatum has been a shadow of his All-Star self, leading the Celtics to stagnant for stretches.

On the other hand, Cleveland has been playing fantastic basketball, and Evan Mobley has certainly expedited their rebuilding efforts. I don't envision the Celtics running away with a victory tonight because their inability to hold onto wins seems to be a long-lasting issue. However, they should have enough pride to cement a win by a couple of points at least.

Single-game Parlay: Toronto Raptors vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Toronto Raptors +8

Over 212.5 points

Odds: +166

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Portland, like Boston, is another team struggling with effort and execution, and on the second night of a back-to-back, they will have their fitness levels tested too. Toronto doesn't battle with effort, playing hard every night, using their size and length to make them a pest for every second of each game. Luckily for the Trail Blazers, the Raptors might be missing some of their core rotation tonight; Chris Boucher, Precious Achiuwa, and Fred VanVleet are all questionable heading into tonight's contest. Portland will have serious issues dealing with the Raptors' length on both. At the same time,f the floor, while Scottie Barnes' limitless energy will test their 22nd ranked defense, and Pascal Siakam will ensure Toronto's offense ticks over with a steady diet of post-ups and hand-offs. However, you can never count out Damian Lillard, especially if he decides to take over a game. As such, we're backing Toronto to keep the game within 8 points while allowing ourselves to cash out still if the Trail Blazers continue to play with limited enthusiasm and energy.

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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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