NBA Parlay Picks for Wednesday: Trusting Elite Squads
NBA Parlay Picks for Wednesday: Trusting Elite Squads
Wednesday's NBA Parlay
After a quiet day around the NBA yesterday, we're back in full swing on Thanksgiving eve, before the league takes a day off. So we're going with heavy favorites today as we try to recoup some of our Thanksgiving expenditure.
- Chicago Bulls -7 (Rockets vs. Bulls Odds)
- Milwaukee Bucks -8 (Bucks vs. Pistons Odds)
- Golden State Warriors -10 (Warriors vs. 76ers Odds)
NBA Parlay Odds: +312: Risk $100 to win $312
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NBA Parlay Breakdown
With the Chicago Bulls facing off against the Houston Rockets, we're jumping on what should be one of the best value bets of the day, taking the Bulls to win by 7 or more points against the worst team in the league for net rating. The Bulls will likely be without Nikola Vucevic and Alex Caruso for tonight's game, as both are questionable to start the day. Yet, DeMar DeRozan and Zach Lavine have developed a frightening partnership on offense, with Lonzo Ball quarterbacking their movements. That trio should be more than enough to see them past a Rockets team that's missing their most effective scorer in Kevin Porter Jr. Sure, Chicago's form has been patchy as of late. They lost to the Indiana Pacers earlier this week, but we can't be too concerned against a Rockets team with just one win in 18 games. There's no reason the Bulls shouldn't be covering the spread tonight, especially when you factor in defensive rookie Usman Garuba's absence for Houston. Thanksgiving might be coming early for us!
Next up, we have the Milwaukee Bucks face off against the Detroit Pistons. Sure, the Pistons aren't as bad as the Rockets, but they're also nowhere near Milwaukee's level. Isaiah Stewart will continue his suspension in this game, while the Milwaukee Bucks continue to be without Brook Lopez. However, Giannis Antetokounmpo has been on a tear these past few games using his size and strength to good use now that the NBA has changed their foul rules. Detroit currently resides in 27th place for net rating, while the Bucks sit 14th, which is somewhat misleading due to their injury issues earlier this season. We're backing the Bucks to come out of this game with the victory and understand their poor form earlier this month was due to players missing games rather than a lack of chemistry or cohesion. Cade Cunningham will continue to get up to NBA speed tonight and may have some impressive moments. Still, ultimately, the Pistons simply don't have the necessary talent level to hang with the current NBA champions over 48 minutes. Therefore, a -8 spread seems both attainable and reasonable for this parlay.
Finally, we need to say a prayer for the Philadelphia 76ers, because according to their injury report, tonight isn't going to be an enjoyable experience for them. Joel Embiid continues to be out due to health and safety protocols, while Ben Simmons' return still has no timeline. Still, Doc Rivers will also be sweating on Seth Curry, Tobias Harris, and Danny Green, who are all questionable to start the day. Missing one starter is bad enough against this rampant Golden State Warriors team; missing two essentially guarantees a loss, but your entire starting 5? Well, that's unfair, but it provides us with excellent value to jump on as we round out our parlay. Of course, there's still a chance the Harris, Green, and Curry play, but even with those three on the floor, the lack of Simmons or Embiid essentially puts the nail in the 76ers coffin. We're playing it safe, though, and taking the Warriors on a very reasonable -10 spread.
Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets Same-Game Parlay
- Boston Celtics +11
- Over 206.5 Points
- Odds: -140
This feels very much like the build-up to the Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers game last week. I know that the Celtics have a chance of winning, but the star power of the other team means you can't be too confident. The Celtics' chances have also taken a hit due to both Jaylen Brown and Josh Richardson being questionable to start the day. Sure, the Celtics defeated the Lakers without their All-Star wing, but they're going to need all their on-ball defenders if they want to keep Kevin Durant and James Harden shackled.
Brooklyn will miss Joe Harris in tonight's contest, as the Celtics defense has been exceptional throughout November. Harris's shooting gravity would have afforded their stars more accessible lanes to the hoop, while Nicolas Claxton usually performs well against the Nets Eastern Conference counterparts. Jayson Tatum has shaken off his poor start to the season and is performing like an All-NBA talent over the last four games, which will worry Brooklyn, given Harden's current struggles when scoring the ball. However, we can't bank on the Celtics winning this game, but we also know it's highly possible they do, so we hedge our bets by taking the Celtics on a +11 spread which gives us the best of both worlds.
Indiana Pacers vs. Los Angeles Lakers Same-Game Parlay
- Los Angeles Lakers +8
- Over 217.5 Points
- Odds: +149
I view the Los Angeles Lakers similar to how I view the Boston Celtics; they are capable of winning almost every night, but they haven't shown enough for me to feel confident backing them. Neither the Lakers nor the Indiana Pacers have been consistent teams this season, both dealing with their own injury issues while adjusting to change around their roster – be it coaching staff or new recruits on the playing staff.
On paper, the Pacers are statistically the better team, ranking 12th in net rating instead of the Lakers 24th placed ranking. Yet, with LeBron James returning from suspension and the Lakers roster finally resembling a healthy basketball team, the Pacers will need to bring aggression and concentration if they want to continue their two-game mini-win streak at the hands of the 9-10 Lakers. With the Pacers' recent resurgence in the win column, and the Lakers reeling off another loss, this time at the hands of the Knicks, we're at a crossroads on who to back to cover the spread. After much deliberation, I think the safest bet is to take the Lakers on a +8 spread which gives us plenty of room to maneuver on both ends of the spectrum. While expecting both teams to combine for 218 points or more is also reasonable given their patchy defensive forms.
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.