NBA Parlay Picks for Monday: Riding Phoenix
Monday's NBA Parlay
- Cleveland Cavaliers +12 (Nets vs Cavalier odds)
- Oklahoma City Thunder +14 (Thunder vs Hawks Odds)
- Indiana Pacers +11 (Pacers vs Bulls Odds)
Odds: +216 (Bet $100 to win $216)
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NBA Parlay Breakdown
We had some success yesterday, hitting on our multi-team parlay and one of our single team parlays, so we’re back at it again, same strategy, hopefully, a slightly better result.
Neither the Cleveland Cavaliers nor the Brooklyn Nets are healthy heading into tonight’s contest, yet the Nets still boast numerous star players and will have Kevin Durant and James Harden ready to go come game time. The Cavaliers, who have been impressive enough to start the year, are without their star rookie in Evan Mobley but have both Jarrett Allen and Lauri Markkanen back from injury. Joe Harris will be a big miss for Brooklyn due to his ability to space the floor, while Nic Claxton’s physicality will also be a big miss for them. Brooklyn defeated the Cavaliers in their meeting last week, winning by a 10 point margin, and with the firepower available to them, we would be wise to expect a repeat performance. As such, we’re taking the Cavaliers on a +14-point spread, which gives us some additional room over the size of their last loss against the team.
Oklahoma is a team known for their resiliency and grit, having come back from 20+ point deficits to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers on two occasions this season. What the Oklahoma City Thunder lack in talent, they make up for in tenacity and grit. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander starts the day listed as questionable, which could be an enormous blow to the Thunder’s chances of getting something out of their game tonight should he be deemed unfit to play. On the other side of things, the Atlanta Hawks enter tonight’s contest riding a four-game winning streak, with the 6th ranked offense in the NBA. However, as has been the problem for numerous seasons in Atlanta, the team currently sits 27th in defensive rating. The potential absence of Gilgeous-Alexander and the Hawks' depth indicate a loss for the Thunder. Still, we’re taking them to cover a +14 spread, which should be a reasonable expectation given the Thunder’s intensity.
Finally, we have the Indiana Pacers taking on the Chicago Bulls. This season, Indiana has been a middle-of-the-road team, ranking 15th in offense and 16th in defense after 18 games, while the Bulls are 7th in both offense and defense. The Pacers have been inconsistent to start the season, and despite their talented front-court, have been unable to get rolling in the win column, boasting just 7 wins in 18 games. In contrast, after their mini-slump on a West Coast road trip, the Bulls have regained some composure and have won their last two games. Rick Carlisle is a quality coach, and the Pacers won’t struggle in this manner all season. Still, the Bulls project to be a real problem in the Eastern Conference, and Indiana could be another victim in tonight’s contest. Because of Chicago’s offensive firepower and their consistency on both ends of the floor, we’re expecting them to win tonight, meaning we’re giving the Pacers a +11 spread to help us round out our parlay.
Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets Same-Game Parlay
- Houston Rockets +12.5
- Over 204.5 points
The Celtics have begun to turn their season around, primarily due to Jayson Tatum snapping out of his shooting slump and the impressive play of Dennis Schroder at the guard position. Since the Celtics defeated the Orlando Magic on November 3rd, they have ranked 4th in net rating across the NBA, with an ever-improving offense based on a stringent defense. The Houston Rockets, on the other hand, sit dead last in net rating with -10.5, which doesn’t bode well for them, considering the Celtics are likely back to full strength for this contest. Jaylen Brown and Robert Williams have been unavailable in recent games due to injuries. Still, the Celtics have both of them listed as probable heading into tonight’s contest, while the Rockets are without Usman Garuba and Kevin Porter Jr. remains questionable to start the day. However, the Celtics have an issue of playing down to their opponents and will need to be wary of complacency against a Rockets team who have won just once in seventeen times of trying. The last time these two teams met, the Celtics ran out victorious by a 10-point margin, and we’re expecting similar today; hopefully, the Rockets can keep things respectable and help us win thanks to their +12.5 spread.
Phoenix Suns vs. San Antonio Spurs Same-Game Parlay
- Phoenix Suns -6
- Phoenix Suns Money Line
Undefeated in their last 12 games, the Phoenix Suns have found their swagger and look like a team who wants to put the league on notice. Ranking 8th in offense and 3rd in defense, Monty Williams men are stern opponents who can adjust on the fly while ensuring they remain in control throughout each contest. The San Antonio Spurs are at a different point in their journey, clearly in a rebuild and developing the talent they have at their disposal. Yet, Greg Popovich has been unable to get the team out of the bottom 10 in net rating, with the team ranking 23rd. San Antonio hasn’t won in their last four games and now faces one of the most in-form teams in the NBA, making their lives even more difficult. Neither team has currently released their injury reports for tonight’s contest, but it would be safe to assume all the high-level talent will be available on both sides, or we would have heard something by now. Due to the momentum Phoenix has behind it and the incredible offensive weaponry they possess, I can’t see the Spurs snatching a win tonight, so we’re taking the Suns on both the money line and with a -6 spread.