NBA Parlay Picks for Sunday: Searching For Value Around the League

NBA expert Adam Taylor is here with two same-game parlays and one multi-game parlay to tail across Sunday night's NBA action.
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Sun, December 19, 10:57 AM EST | 4 min read
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NBA Parlay Picks for Sunday: Searching For Value Around the League

Sunday's NBA Parlay

I did not get the memo about the Warriors resting all of their primary players yesterday, which cost us in our multi-team parlay – still not sure what was going on there, to be honest. But, we push forward and look for value around the league in today’s slate of games.

NBA Parlay Odds: +137: Risk $100 to win $137

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NBA Parlay Breakdown

This game may not be close, but it will be entertaining when the Charlotte Hornets take on the Phoenix Suns. Both teams love to push the pace and can hit some wild shots against the run of play. To start the day, neither team has fallen victim to the current COVID outbreak, meaning we’re in for an actual NBA game, which is exciting, right? However, despite the Hornets having some exceptionally gifted offensive players, they’re not a consistent team – yet. Youth and inexperience are a battle James Borrego fights on a nightly basis. Sure, the Suns are possibly without Devin Booker, but their elite-level offense, which is currently ranked first in the NBA, should be enough to see them through.

Next up, we have the Los Angeles Lakers, who are likely still reeling from the loss of Anthony Davis for the next month or so and are dealing with the effects of COVID on their roster. Facing off against the Chicago Bulls, the Lakers will be without seven roster members, while LeBron James is listed as probable for the contest. The Bulls are in a similar position, with three health and safety protocols players, including star guard Zach Lavine. Chicago, similar to Los Angeles, has struggled for consistency recently, dropping games they should be winning while also snatching some big-time wins, like the one against the Brooklyn Nets last Sunday. Neither team is at total capacity, and both are dealing with their own almost mid-season struggles, so it will be interesting to see which coach can implement their game plan. I can’t back the Lakers to win tonight, their roster has been decimated, and their stars are struggling to perform consistently, but we have to give the scope to get things going – this is a roster comprised of future Hall of Famers, after all. So, the Lakers on a +11 spread seems like a fair value bet, and that’s what we’re rolling with today.

Finally, we have the Dallas Mavericks against the Minnesota Timberwolves, with the Mavericks being slight underdogs for the contest. Luka Doncic will miss this game due to left ankle soreness, while four other rotation members are missing due to illness (only 1 COVID). The Timberwolves, on the other hand, are without young star Anthony Edwards, who is so vital to their offensive output, and Taurean Prince, who has been instrumental in implementing a more defensive culture within the young roster. However, Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell are both available, as is defensive dog Patrick Beverly. If the Timberwolves can play their up-tempo brand of basketball and lock in on Kristaps Porzingis defensively, we can feel confident about them snagging a win tonight. Dallas on a +12 spread seems fair, as it will be interesting to see how their role players adapt to more prominent roles tonight, and that’s always a coin flip.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Denver Nuggets Same-Game Parlay

  • Nuggets Moneyline
  • Over 213.5 Points
  • Odds: +114

Nets vs Nuggets Odds

Tonight’s game between the Brooklyn Nets and Denver Nuggets is a bit of a dice roll. Both teams have their injury issues and rely on deep rotation players to step up. Yet, Nikola Jokic continues to put together an MVP worth season, and Aaron Gordon has been reasonably impactful in his role as the Nuggets second option on both sides of the floor. Brooklyn has 13 players on their injury list for today’s game, including all three of their primary stars, and are relying on 10-day hardship contracts to field a roster for tonight’s contest. Honestly, no statistic in the world could indicate how this Nets team will perform. Sure, most of their roster will see this as an opportunity to put themselves in the shop window, but theirs an enormous drop-off in talent level to consider and the lack of understanding between the players. We’re backing the Nuggets to win tonight’s game outright and not giving the Nets a prayer – let’s be honest, Jokic is going to toy with Brooklyn’s defense tonight, and we’re all going to enjoy seeing it.

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers Same-Game Parlay

  • Trail Blazers +14.5
  • Over 212.5 points
  • Odds: -108

Grizzlies vs Trail Blazers Odds

As you can tell by the spread we’re taking. I have no trust in the Portland Trail Blazers right now. They’re the epitome of franchise dysfunction and are missing one of their top-two offensive talents. Even without Ja Morant, I still like the Memphis Grizzlies to win tonight’s game – they’re deep with impactful talent and will trust De’Anthony Melton to keep Damian Lillard in check through the game. The Grizzlies also sit 9th in net rating, making them one of the most well-rounded teams in the NBA, while the Trail Blazers are way down in 24th place, primarily due to their bottom three ranked defense.

The Grizzlies are rolling on offense and currently sit 5th in the NBA, ten places higher than the Trail Blazers to make life more challenging for Chauncy Billups and his team. So, the Grizzles score more points and have a far better defense, and to top things off, CJ McCollum isn’t going to be available for the foreseeable future – you do wonder what’s to come for this team, but that’s another story. We’re backing the Grizzlies to win comfortably by giving the Trail Blazers a +14.5 spread, and while I accept Portland could find a way to win this game, I feel very comfortable giving them such a wide margin for error.

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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