NBA Parlay Picks for Thursday: Trust the Favorites to Get It Done

NBA expert Adam Taylor brings you a multi-game parlay and two same-game parlay's to get you through Thursday's slate of games.
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Thu, December 23, 10:10 AM EST | 5 min read
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NBA Parlay Picks for Thursday: Trust the Favorites to Get It Done

Thursday's NBA Parlay

A little bit of a different strategy today, as the current issues surrounding the league are making things very difficult for us to find reliable value. And while the odds may not be favorable for this multi-team parlay, getting a win right before Christmas is my priority. So, let's jump right in!

  • Phoenix Suns Moneyline
  • Golden State Warriors Moneyline
  • Miami Heat Moneyline

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NBA Parlay Breakdown

Our first contest sees the Phoenix Suns face off against the Oklahoma City Thunder, two teams who have avoided the dreaded COVID issues thus far. As such, we can rely on team form and ability when examining this section of the parlay, and to be honest; you have to feel confident when backing the Suns! Phoenix has won 5 of their last 6 games and currently sits 2nd in defense and 8th in offense, making them one of the more fearsome prospects in the NBA. And to think some of their recent wins have come without Devin Booker! Oklahoma, on the other hand, has a bottom four offense and has gone 3-and-3 in their last six games. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander continues to show everybody why he's one of the better young guards in the NBA, but his performances haven't been enough to help the Thunder climb the standings. In what is an uneven contest, we have to back the Suns to win this game outright, sure, the Thunder have some scalps to their name this season, but it's highly unlikely they will add Phoenix to that list.

Next up, we have the league-leading Golden State Warriors taking on an impressive Memphis Grizzlies team in another Western Conference battle. Andrew Wiggins, who is currently out due to health and safety protocols, will be a significant loss for the Warriors, but luckily the virus hasn't spread throughout their roster. Of course, there's plenty of time between when I'm writing this and when the game begins, so things could change pretty quickly for Golden State, but while Steph Curry and Draymond Green are healthy, the Warriors have a shot at victory. The Grizzlies, who have Ja Morant back in their rotation, have been impressive over the last two weeks, ranking 7th in offense and 4th in defense while winning 5-of-7 games. The question is, are the Grizzlies good enough to defeat the Warriors tonight? Well, based on recent performances, the answer is yes, they're good enough, but it's still an unlikely scenario given how impressive Golden State has been this season.

What makes life harder for the Grizzlies is that the Warriors have young, high-caliber guys on their roster who are waiting for their opportunity. Moses Moody and Jonathan Kuminga are viable options should any more members of the Warriors enter protocols, meaning their strength in depth should be able to see them through. I like the Warriors in this contest, despite Wiggins' absence, leading me to back them on the Money Line.

Finally, we have the Miami Heat against the Detroit Pistons in a battle of two COVID hit teams. The Heat are missing Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, P.J. Tucker, and Markieff Morris, while the Pistons are without Cade Cunningham, Jerami Grant, and Kelly Olynyk. There's a big difference here - Miami can still lean on Kyle Lowry, Duncan Robinson, and Tyler Herro, while the Pistons will be scratching their heads, wondering where their offense is going to come from. Despite their injury concerns, the Heat have won 4 of their last 6 games and hold a top 10 offense and defense over the last 14 days, while the Pistons have dropped five of their last 6 and continue to struggle to put wins on the board. We're backing the Heat to win tonight, as they still have some high-level players available for tonight's game and should be more than capable of seeing off the challenge of Detroit.

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New York Knicks vs. Washington Wizards Same-Game Parlay

  • Knicks +8
  • Over 210 points
  • Odds: +151

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The New York Knicks are missing seven players for tonight's contest, including RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley, leaving them with a shortage of guards to lean on, while the Washington Wizards are down 5 players. Still, only Rui Hacimura is a primary rotation player. With the Wizards having better depth for this contest and Bradley Beal being on the floor is only going to make life harder for the Knicks.

However, Kemba Walker is back in the rotation and has a point to prove - he's scored 50 total points over his last two games and has helped reignite the previously struggling Evan Fournier. Mitchell Robinson is also coming off a solid game from earlier in the week, where he reminded everybody of his potential upside. The Wizards have been struggling to replicate their early season form and will be hoping to get another W on their record tonight, but the added pressure of being considered favorites might weigh heavily on them. Neither team is consistent right now, and while the Wizards are slight favorites, I think there's value in backing the Knicks with a +8 spread.

Utah Jazz vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Same-Game Parlay

  • Jazz Moneyline
  • Under 228.5 points
  • Odds: -102

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Five players out and another two are questionable, not a great start to the day for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Patrick Beverley and Anthony Edwards will be the most significant losses for Minnesota, especially when it comes to perimeter defense against a Utah Jazz team that loves to let their shots fly early and often. In terms of injuries, the Jazz are pretty much whole and should be ready for tonight's contest. Utah currently has the best offense in the NBA and a top 5 defense, while the Timberwolves have the 22nd ranked offense and 11th ranked defense. Sure, Minnesota won't roll over on the defensive end, but they're sure going to struggle to score the rock, especially without their budding superstar Edwards. I can't see a way for the Timberwolves to win tonight unless the Jazz stinks the place up, which given their level of efficiency, is unlikely. As such, we're backing the Jazz on the money line and feeling confident about doing so, too.

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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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