NBA Parlay Picks For Tuesday: Backing Big Underdogs

Adam Taylor shares his three NBA parlays for Tuesday's game. Today, it's all about the big underdogs.
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Tue, December 21, 10:42 AM EST | 5 min read
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NBA Parlay Picks For Tuesday: Backing Big Underdogs

Another day, another opportunity to explore some of the NBA’s best value betting opportunities – most notable by backing underdogs with healthy spreads. Players continue to enter health and safety protocols, and teams are scrambling to find replacement players, making our lives far more attractive as a result. Anyway, we focus on what we can control, giving ourselves the best chances of victory.

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Tuesday's NBA Parlay Breakdown

Odds: +143 (Bet $100 to win $143)

The Detroit Pistons snapped a 14-game losing streak when they defeated the hobbled Miami Heat on Sunday, but that doesn’t mean they’ve turned a corner or anything; they simply struck when an opportunity presented itself. Detroit was supposed to be a bad team this year, it’s all part of their rebuilding process, and everybody understands that. On the other hand, the New York Knicks were supposed to be better than this, the issues they’re facing are all internally developed, and there seems to be no cohesion between guys on their roster. We may see some more of Kemba Walker in tonight’s game due to the Knicks missing multiple guards – Derrick Rose, Quentin Grimes, and Immanuel Quickley are all out for the contest, with the caveat of Rose being questionable for the game.

Detroit’s chances took a big hit when Jerami Grant sprained his thumb, as he will not partake in action later today either. If we’re being honest, New York may have their issues, but they can still call upon Walker, Evan Fournier, and Julius Randle – if they lose this game, alarm bells should start ringing in their front office. We’re expecting the Knicks to win tonight and are giving the Detroit Pistons a +14-spread as a result.

It’s not that the Miami Heat have been hit hardest by the current COVID outbreak; it’s just that some of their best players are carrying injuries. Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, Markieff Morris, and PJ Tucker will all miss tonight’s game against the Indiana Pacers, while Tyler Herro remains questionable to start the day. Despite their current injury struggles, Miami has remained competitive but did drop their last game against the Detroit Pistons, which will have hurt their pride. On the other hand, Indiana only has two injuries listed for today’s game, and both players have been out for a while, so we can expect a similar performance from them to what we’ve seen in recent weeks.

It’s worth noting that the Pacers did lose to the Heat earlier this month, and have split their games in December 4-4, so inconsistency is in their DNA this year. According to Cleaning The Glass, the Pacers have the 8th best point differential (net rating) in December than the Heat, who sits 22nd due to their injury issues. To be honest, I don’t know what to expect in this game; Miami is a tough cover regardless of who’s playing, and the Pacers will feel like this is a winnable game. As such, we’re backing the Heat with a +11.5 spread, which gives us wiggle room on both sides of the equation.

Finally, the Luka Doncic-less Dallas Mavericks face off against the Anthony Edwards-less Minnesota Timberwolves in a repeat of Sunday’s game, which the Timberwolves won by six points. Both teams are dealing with injuries, but the Mavericks are sweating on Kristaps Porzingis’ availability, which is a huge swing factor in their chances of success tonight. Of course, the Timberwolves can lean on Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell, both healthy and have been playing well in recent weeks. Dallas was having a good start to the month before Doncic went down, with their success coming off the back of a much-improved defense. The Timberwolves, however, are consistently sub-par on both sides of the floor, analytically speaking, but make up for their inefficiencies with their pace of play and fast-break opportunities.

This is another game where injuries have blurred the lines and made things hard to predict. So, we’re giving the Mavericks some room to operate and covering our backs no matter what unfolds with a +9 spread to round out today’s multi-team parlay.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns Same-Game Parlay

  • Los Angeles Lakers +12
  • Over 216.5 Points

Odds: +139

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Can the Los Angeles Lakers win their game against the Phoenix Suns tonight – sure! Is it likely? Probably not. The Lakers are missing 8 players due to injury and COVID protocols, including Anthony Davis, Avery Bradley, Talen Horton-Tucker, and Malik Monk – you have to wonder where their perimeter defense will come from. Phoenix is currently ranked third in the NBA for Net Rating, and Cleaning The Glass has them holding the fifth spot in offense and third in defense. Factor in Devin Booker’s return to the rotation, and things don’t look good for a Lakers team struggling for health and continuity.

The Suns have lost just twice this month, and while their last loss came against the Los Angeles Clippers, it doesn’t mean history will repeat itself against the Lakers tonight. Of course, you can never count LeBron James and Russell Westbrook out, but the lack of depth for Los Angeles is striking. We’re going to give the Lakers ample room to figure things out with a +12-point spread, but I’m not confident in their chances of coming away with a W in tonight’s contest.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers Same-Game Parlay

  • New Orleans Pelicans +11
  • Over 212.5 Points

Odds: -124

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The winner of tonight’s game between the Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans could come down to which way the wind is blowing – yeah, it’s that close. Damian Lillard starts the day listed as questionable for the Trail Blazers, in what would be a gigantic blow to their chances. After all, this is a Pelicans team who has suddenly started winning games and have a .500 record in their last 10 outings.

Portland isn’t push-overs either, but neither team screams contender, and neither team is the picture of consistency right now, throw in the injury issues on both sides, and things get murky quickly. New Orleans boasts a bottom-five offense and defense, while Portland’s offense sits 9th in the league, but their defense sits 26th. This will be a tight game to call, making a +11 spread for the Pelicans good value for us to round out our set or parlays for the day.

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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