NBA Parlay Picks for Wednesday: Do the Nets Bounce Back?
NBA Parlay Picks for Wednesday: Do the Nets Bounce Back?
Wednesday's NBA Parlay
Yesterday did not go as planned after some blowout losses killed our spreads. So we're back today trying right the ship.
- Cleveland Cavaliers +12 (Nets vs. Cavs Odds)
- Miami Heat -9 (Heat vs. Pelicans Odds)
- Orlando Magic +16 (Knicks vs. Magic Odds)
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NBA Parlay Breakdown
Coming off an embarrassing 18-point loss, on the second night of a back-to-back, with sub-optimal bench depth, the Brooklyn Nets will be licking their wounds and nursing some bruised egos. So what better way to get back in the win column than facing the Cleveland Cavaliers, right? Especially with Evan Mobley side-lined for the game! Cleveland might have smelt blood in the water if they weren't dealing with somewhat of an injury crisis, along with Mobley, Jarrett Allen, Kevin Love, Lauri Markkanen, and Collin Sexton will all miss tonight's game, making their task near impossible. We can't count out Brooklyn just because they lost to arguably the best team in the NBA right now (form-wise at least) – all we can do, is give the Cavaliers a fighting chance, and with a +12 spread, we're doing just that, while hoping some tired legs cause the Nets to fall off the pace down the stretch.
Next up, we have the Miami Heat against the two-win team, the New Orleans Pelicans. Two wins in a row for the Heat have helped them stop their mini-slide during their West Coast road trip, while a game against the Pelicans will have them feeling confident about hitting double digits in the win column. We do head into this game with some question marks, though, as Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, Dewayne Dedmon, and Marcus Garrett are all questionable to start the day. Yet, the Pelicans have been the worst team in the league all season, and any rotation that includes Kyle Lowry, Duncan Robinson, and Tyler Herro should do just fine. With the Pelicans sitting dead last in defensive rating, conceding 112.9 points per 100 possessions, and the Heat scoring 111 per 100 and sitting fourth in offensive rating, a -9 spread seems both reasonable and attainable heading into tonight's contest.
Finally, we have the Orlando Magic vs. New York Knicks, where the only new injury concern is Jalen Suggs, who is questionable for tonight's contest. Beyond Suggs, both teams are rolling with similar rotations to their last few games, making this game easier to predict. Despite the play of Cole Anthony, Orlando has only won three games this season amidst a three-game losing streak while boasting a 28th placed net rating of -10 – ouch. On the other hand, New York is sitting at 8-6, and while they've been dealing with some inconsistency issues these last few weeks, they still sit 8th in offensive rating and 17th in defense. The Knicks should be too good for the Magic to compete with, but their insistence on being an offensive team this year has seen some of their defensive upside of last season disappear. As such, Orlando has an outside shot of winning this game. So, to cover our bases, we're taking the Magic on a +16 spread, and I honestly can't see New York winning by a more considerable margin, which should mean we get over the line with today's parlay.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics Same Game Parlay
- Celtics +9
- Under 218.5 points
- Odds: +149
The Boston Celtics have held 5 of their last 7 opponents to under 100 points, as their defense has taken a sharp upturn in recent weeks. Since the start of November, the Celtics sit fourth in defense rating and are first over the last two weeks. However, their offense is a different story. On the other hand, Atlanta sits 28th in defensive rating in the previous two weeks but has recovered from their six-game losing streak in recent days.
Heading into tonight's contest, both teams are missing vital rotational players, with De'Andre Hunter and Onyeka Okongwu both out and Bogdan Bogdanovic and Kevin Huerter questionable heading into the day for the Hawks. In addition, Jaylen Brown continues to miss time with a hamstring injury for Boston, while Robert Williams is questionable after leaving Monday's game at half-time with knee tendinopathy. The Hawks' offense is incredibly potent, especially from deep, but the Celtics' defense seems poised to tame it in this game. As such, we're backing Boston with a +9 spread while accepting the spoils if they come out victorious while feeling really good about the game ending as a low-scoring affair.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Los Angeles Lakers Same-Game Parlay
- Lakers +16
- Under 220.5 points
- Odds: +106
Whenever discussing the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers this season, the first thing I do is check the injury report because these teams have had it rough this year.
- Brook Lopez – Out
- Donte DiVincenzo – Out
- Khris Middleton – Probable
- George Hill – Probable
Los Angeles Lakers
- LeBron James – Out
- Kendrick Nunn – Out
- Anthony Davis – Probable
- Trevor Ariza – Out
- Austin Reaves – Out
- Sekou Doumbouya – Out
Injury to non-star players is still an issue for teams, primarily due to the lack of rotational depth they cause, and neither the Bucks nor Lakers have had the luxury of a healthy team thus far in the 2021-22 NBA season. Both teams will still have star power tonight, regardless of who takes to the court, but with so many injuries across the board, looking at statistics seems somewhat redundant to me.
Instead, let's take a gander at how each team has faired over their last five games:
Milwaukee is 2-3 over their last five games and is on a two-game losing streak, while the Lakers sit at 3-2 over their last five contests. To me, the Bucks are the slight favorites entering into tonight, especially if Anthony Davis is on a minutes restriction or doesn't play. With so many variables at play here, we're playing it safe, so we're taking the Lakers on a +16 point spread while back the scoring, not to get too crazy.
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.