NBA Parlay Picks for Thursday: A Small Slate Providing Great Value

NBA picks and parlays for Thursday. Two parlay picks from NBA expert Adam Taylor breaking down tonight's action from around the NBA.
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Thu, December 16, 10:07 AM EST | 4 min read
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NBA Parlay Picks for Thursday: A Small Slate Providing Great Value

Thursday's NBA Parlay

A WILD night of NBA basketball saw some of our parlays fall flat on their face, but by golly, there was some magic in the air last night! I hope you all enjoyed those games as much as I did! Anyway, today, we're getting back on the horse, with a three-team parlay and a single-game parlay. We had some success a few days back, and with another quiet day around the NBA, we're looking to replicate that again tonight.

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NBA Parlay Breakdown

First up, the Indiana Pacers will be expected to defeat the Detroit Pistons tonight. Sure, the Pacers season has been a disaster, but they've got enough talent to breeze past the Pistons, or so you would believe. Jerami Grant being out will hurt Detroit's chances tonight, but Killian Hayes and Cory Joseph being available is somewhat of a boost for the team. However, we're still unsure of Indiana's current injury report, so it's hard to get a read on matchups. Still, the Pacers have won four of their last ten games and remain unconvincing in their ability to see out games where they have the lead entering the fourth quarter. Of course, the Pistons, who are 22nd in defensive rating, will struggle to find a winning formula without Grant, but that doesn't mean we should count them out! We're backing Detroit with a +12.5 spread, which should make you comfortable heading into tonight's game when looking at the Pacers' recent form.

When I saw the Philadelphia 76ers had dropped a game against a Miami Heat team missing three of their stars, I couldn't believe my eyes. That's a massive loss for the Sixers, one which requires the entire roster to take a long hard look in the mirror. But the time for self-reflection will have to wait, as Philadelphia is on the second night of a back-to-back and will face the Brooklyn Nets – life comes at you fast. However, Brooklyn is without NINE players, yes nine, as COVID has ravaged the team.

  • James Harden
  • DeAndre' Bembry
  • Bruce Brown
  • Jevon Carter
  • Joe Harris (ankle)
  • James Johnson
  • Paul Millsap

And, of course, Kyrie Irving remains ineligible to play. However, after watching the Sixers lose to the Heat, who are also amidst an injury crisis, we can't bank on them coming up trumps in this contest either. So, we're looking at the Sixers on a +9 spread. If the Sixers handle their business, we win, if they lose, it's highly unlikely to be a blow-out, so we should still come away with a W.

Finally, the New York Knicks are facing off against the Houston Rockets. There's a fun juxtaposition between these two sides – the Knicks started off the season strong but have fallen into an abyss, while the Rockets struggled out of the gate but have looked improved in recent weeks. Fun fact, since the Knicks decided to remove Kemba Walker from their rotation, they have lost seven of their subsequent nine games, so maybe the former All-Star wasn't the problem after all. I digress. The Rockets have won 7 of their last ten games and will be full of confidence heading into tonight's game. Houston's job will be made slightly easier by the absence of RJ Barrett, Obi Toppin, and Quentin Grimes, but they will need to gameplan for Julius Randle if they wish to get anything out of the contest. I think the Knicks' slide is real, and they have some severe issues to figure out, but they should still be good enough to squeak out a win against Houston – but don't be surprised if that doesn't happen. We're backing the Rockets on a +13 spread because both teams are unpredictable, and we want to make some profit off this parlay!

Phoenix Suns vs. Washington Wizards Same-Game Parlay

  • Suns Moneyline
  • Over 212.5 points
  • Odds: +123

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The Washington Wizards remind me of the New York Knicks in that they started the season strong but fell off after the first six weeks. And now, with a struggling Bradley Beal, the Wizards have to face the best offensive team in the NBA. A glimmer of hope for the Wizards is that the Suns are missing six players from their rotation, with the most notable names being Devin Booker and Abdel Nadar, meaning their strength in depth has been compromised. However, Phoenix plays very "plug and play," with each member of the roster being adept at operating in Monty Williams' 0.5 offensive scheme.

In terms of form, the Wizards have won just two of their last ten games and are sliding down the Eastern Conference standings rapidly, while the Suns have won eight of their last ten games. I can't look past Phoenix for this one. They're too good, even without Booker in their rotation – Chris Paul has been exceptional in recent weeks and is showing no signs of slowing down as he keeps chasing that elusive championship ring. We're backing Phoenix on the money line in this contest and feel confident their offense will reign supreme

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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