NBA Parlay Picks for Saturday: The Dogs Are Loose
Saturday's NBA Parlay
We had some success yesterday, but our multi-team parlay fell flat at the first hurdle – that teaches me for straying from the plan! So, we're back at it again today, and we're giving the underdogs a chance to line our pockets!
- Houston Rockets +14 (Knicks vs. Rockets Odds)
- Washington Wizards +9 (Wizards vs. Heat Odds)
- Orlando Magic +15 (Bucks vs. Magic Odds)
NBA Parlay Odds: +224: Risk $100 to win $224
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NBA Parlay Breakdown
First on the docket is the Houston Rockets as they face off against the New York Knicks. The Rockets have won just once all season, so expecting them to change course today doesn't make much sense. However, we're giving them a tremendous head start by taking them at +15 on the spread. New York's encouraging start to the season has faded away, and questions about this rosters' chemistry and makeup have replaced the cautious optimism of October. After losing to the Orlando Magic last week, the Knicks continue to be inconsistent. They are striving to figure out how to get the best out of their new back-court additions in Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier, both of whom are struggling for game time down the stretch. In addition, Kevin Porter Jr is questionable heading into tonight's game, which will give the Rockets further issues scoring the ball.
Bradley Beal was rumored to want out of Washington during the summer, leading the front office to make a flurry of moves to improve the team's fortunes on the floor – a competitive rebuild, if you will. Sitting at 10-5 after the first 15 games of the season, it would appear the Wizards got it right, as they have become a stern opponent on a nightly basis. However, tonight, Beal and co. Face off against the Miami Heat, who are on a four-game winning streak and currently occupy 2nd place in the Eastern Conference standings. Both teams enter today's contest with some injury concerns, and both have essential role players listed as questionable to start the day. Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro will be late-day decisions for Miami, while the impressive Daniel Gafford remains questionable for the Wizards. Assuming both teams have a mostly healthy roster, we're expecting the Miami Heat to win tonight, and as such, are giving the Wizards a +9 spread, which also helps us out if they win because, you know, we win; too!
Finally, we're backing the Orlando Magic tonight, no, not to win, but to cover a +15 spread. The Magic will struggle to remain competitive throughout the game against the Milwaukee Bucks, who are finding a rhythm after their injury struggles to start the year. Beyond their long-term injuries, Orlando will be sweating on the fitness of Jalen Suggs and E'Twuan Moore. They are questionable for tonight's game, while the Bucks are still without Brook Lopez and Donte DiVincenzo. The good news for Milwaukee is that their big three of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday are all fit and ready to play. We can't look further than a Milwaukee win here and are just banking on the Magic, keeping things respectable down the stretch.
Boston Celtics vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Same-Game Parlay
- Oklahoma City Thunder +15
- Over 204.5 points
- Odds: +162
After the team's impressive victory over the Los Angeles Lakers yesterday, there will be some tired legs on the Boston Celtics tonight. However, the Oklahoma City Thunder shouldn't prove too much of a roadblock for a Celtics team that is finding their groove both offensively and defensively. With two wins on the bounce, Ime Udoka will feel confident he's overseeing a turn in fortunes.
On the other hand, the Thunder are also on their second night of a back-to-back after losing to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night, marking their ninth loss of the season. Sure, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is one of the best young guards in the NBA. Still, their limited depth and poor offensive production will be a real issue for them against a Celtics team that has ranked in the top 3 of defensive rating since their win over the Magic on November 3rd. We're expecting a Boston win tonight but are giving the Thunder some room for error by taking them with a +15 spread.
Sacramento Kings vs. Utah Jazz Same-Game Parlay
- Sacramento Kings +13.5
- Under 226.5 points
- Odds: +127
A fully healthy Utah Jazz, on a two-game win streak, will face off against a Sacramento Kings team who have won just once in their last seven games. The defense which had Luke Walton's team looking like it had turned a corner has now succumbed to the confusion we saw last season. In contrast, their offensive approach has been inconsistent on almost a quarterly basis, which has seen the Kings rank 18th in net rating – a considerable drop-off.
The Jazz, however, is sitting second in net rating courtesy of some stellar play of late and the incredible defensive presence of Rudy Gobert. He is also leading the league in field goal percentage. Utah's defensive system likes to pressure offensive ball-handler off the perimeter and funnel them into the paint, meaning the Kings will struggle to ride the hot hand of Buddy Hield, who is currently 2nd in made three's behind Steph Curry. We're banking on the Jazz getting the job done today but giving ourselves some wiggle room by back the Kings on a +13.5 spread.