NBA Parlay Picks for Wednesday: Riding Favorites

Adam Taylor is back with his NBA parlays for Wednesday and he's riding favorites in this one.
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Wed, December 1, 9:06 AM EST | 4 min read
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NBA Parlay Picks for Wednesday: Riding Favorites

Wednesday's NBA Parlay

Odds: +542

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We're taking a break from backing the underdogs today, as some ridiculous blow-outs have let us down in recent days, and we want to get back to a winning record for the remainder of the week. There were some great games yesterday, and the NBA isn't disappointing today, either.

First, on the docket, we have the Milwaukee Bucks against the Charlotte Hornets, and I, for one, feel sorry for Charlotte, whose defense will be mauled by Giannis Antetokounmpo. Matters are made worse for the Hornets thanks to the absences of James Bouknight, Vernon Carey Jr, Mason Plumlee, and Kai Jones, leaving them thin on the interior against one of the most dominant slashers in the game. Furthermore, the Hornets' overall defense is poor, ranking 26th in the NBA, allowing 111.3 points per 100 possessions. In recent weeks, the Bucks, predominantly healthy, have been climbing the rankings and have ripped off 8 victories in a row heading into this game. Frankly, the reigning NBA champions have too much talent, depth, and firepower for the Hornets to contain, especially when missing so much bench depth. Of course, the Hornets' offensive talent could see them cause an upset here, but if their last few weeks tell us anything, it's that you can't rely on them to come through against stern opponents. We should feel confident about taking the Bucks to win tonight on a -7 spread.

The Orlando Magic are still missing star rookie Jalen Suggs and rotational pieces in E'Twaun Moore and Michael Carter Williams, but they will be pleased to have Cole Anthony back in their rotation. However, the Denver Nuggets are without Michael Porter Jr, who will miss the rest of the season due to surgery, Jamal Murray (still recovering from injury), and PJ Dozier – yet Nikola Jokic and Tobias Harris are good to go. Denver's biggest weakness is their size off the bench or lack of it. Luckily, the Magic don't boast a bruising center that could punish the likes of Jeff Green, so it's hard to see where Orlando's advantage comes from. Orlando has only won 4 times in their first 22 games and is on an 11-game losing streak. Coming up against one of the best teams in the Western Conference will not fill them with confidence either, which is why we're backing the Nuggets on a -8 spread.

Finally, we have our trap game – the Minnesota Timberwolves facing the Washington Wizards. I'll be honest here, this game will be closer than most people think, and I totally understand if you want to switch out the Wizards for the Timberwolves in this parlay. Washington sits below the Timberwolves in net rating and defensive rating. Still, this year, the Wizards' ability to play through adversity will give them a solid foundation to find a winning formula. Furthermore, part of my decision-making process in selecting the Wizards for today's parlay was the amount of uncertainty the Timberwolves faced with numerous rotation members. Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, and Jarred Vanderbilt are all questionable for tonight's game, and should they miss the contest, the Timberwolves defense will suffer greatly. While we're on the subject of defense, Patrick Beverley is also out of tonight's game, leaving us with the all-important question – who's guarding Bradley Beal? A -4 spread gives us some room for comfort against the Timberwolves tonight, especially if most of their questionable players end up watching from the sidelines.

Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers Same-Game Parlay

  • Atlanta Hawks -5
  • Atlanta Hawks Money Line

Odds: +450

Hawks vs Pacers Odds

The Atlanta Hawks fell to the New York Knicks in their last game, snapping a 7-game winning streak in the process. However, against the 9-14 Indiana Pacers, they will be looking to get back in the win column at the first time of asking. The Pacers' recent form puts them at .500 over their last 10 games, but they're struggling to string wins together and lost against the Timberwolves in their previous contest. Tonight is the first meeting of the season for these two teams, and Indiana has the win when it comes to health. The Hawks are without Bogdan Bogdanovic, De'Andre Hunter, Onyeka Okongwu, and Cam Reddish starts the day as questionable; however, the Hawks are one of the deepest teams in the NBA this year and will have plenty of capable reserves ready to step into the limelight. In what is possibly a big blow for the Pacers, Myles Turner starts the day listed as questionable, while Justin Holiday joins TJ Warren in being unavailable due to injury. In terms of net rating – which I like as an overall indicator of a team's offense + defense, the Pacers are 6 spots lower than the Hawks, who currently reside in the 8th spot. I feel that the Hawks offense will be too much for the Pacers to handle, and Clint Capela will be a worthy foe for Domantas Sabonis as the two big men go to war this evening. I like the Hawks coming out of this game with the W and believe a -5 spread should get the job done, but if you prefer the Pacers in this one, feel free to invert this parlay.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics Same-Game Parlay

  • Boston Celtics -4
  • Boston Celtics Money Line

Odds: +263

Celtics vs 76ers Odds

Call it hope, call it wishful thinking, call it what you want! The Boston Celtics head into tonight's contest against the Philadelphia 76ers as marginal favorites, assuming they can live with Joel Embiid potentially going for 40, and focus on limiting shooters such as Seth Curry. The Celtics should find themselves adding to their win column. For what seems like the first time this year, the Celtics find themselves with no injury issues apart from Jaylen Brown being questionable due to some hamstring soreness. The 76ers, however, are still navigating life without Ben Simmons, which will be a considerable loss when facing an Eastern Conference rival with two All-Star wings. Both teams have an identical record, which is more of an indictment on the Celtics inconsistencies than the 76ers, who have navigated a severe injury crisis admirably. With both teams having go-to scorers who could flip the narrative of this game in an instant, the contest will likely come down to defense, and the Celtics should feel confident of beating their rivals in that department, as Boston currently sits 5th in defensive rating while the 76ers are all the way down in 20th. The Celtics will need Jayson Tatum to continue finding ways to impact the game while he wades through a miserable scoring slump, while the 76ers will need to find ways to score without Embiid if they want any chance of winning tonight. I'm confident in the Celtics tonight, and I'm taking them on a -4 spread, which gives us plenty of scope to come out smelling of roses in a close game.

Adam Taylor
@AdamTaylorNBA

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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