NBA Parlay Picks For Monday: Back on the Favorites

With COVID ravaging the NBA, teams are being favored for a reason. Here is a 3-team parlay and two single-game parlay's to start your week off right.
Adam Taylor |
Mon, December 27, 11:07 AM EST | 3 min read
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NBA Parlay Picks For Monday: Back on the Favorites

Monday's NBA Parlay

Charlotte Hornets Moneyline (Hornets vs Rockets Odds)

Chicago Bulls Moneyline (Bulls vs Hawks Odds)

Brooklyn Nets Moneyline (Nets vs Clippers Odds)

Odds +221 (Bet $100 to win $221)

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NBA Parlay Breakdown

A couple of teams we backed yesterday suffered blow-out losses, which got me thinking that we need to back the favorites while this pandemic is happening - and even then, it's a coin flip. So, today we're going straight money line's across the board.

First up, we have the Charlotte Hornets against the Houston Rockets. Both teams are relatively healthy to start the day, but the Rockets are waiting on decisions for Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr who are a large part of what the team does offensively. Charlotte, on the other hand, will feel good about their chances, with LaMelo Ball, Gordon Hayward, and Terry Rozier all healthy their offense should be close to full strength, which is bad news for Houston. Over the last two weeks, the Rockets have been dead last in defense, and rank 29th on the season, while the Hornets are 12th in offense over the last two weeks but rank 2nd throughout the year. As such, we can expect Charlotte to steamroller into town and blitz the Rockets with relentless offense, which is why we're backing the Hornets to walk out winners tonight.

Next up, we have the Chicago Bulls against an Atlanta Hawks team who have been totally destroyed by the current wave of COVID sweeping through the NBA. With 12 players all in health and safety protocols, you can't envision the Hawks getting anything tangible from tonight's contest. The Bulls, who have been struggling with their own issues, will likely have Lonzo Ball. DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic to call upon - along with multiple members of their usual rotation, so should be confident of taking care of business. With so many players unavailable, the Hawks will be lucky to keep things respectable, but the more we see games of this nature unfold. the more we know that's unlikely to happen.

Finally, we have the Brooklyn Nets against the Los Angeles Clippers in what would usually be a can't miss game. However, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard being absent for the Clippers, and 8 players missing from the Nets rotation means that we're unlikely to get the "WOW factor" the league was hoping for when scheduling these two titans together so soon after Christmas. Of course, James Harden, as things stand, is healthy and will participate tonight, making him the best player on the floor despite his struggles thus far. Whenever two teams are running on fumes in terms of talent and roster availability, you always lean into the squad that has the best player, regardless of what level they're playing at. Which is why we're backing the Brooklyn Nets to take care of business tonight, and with Nic Claxton back in the rotation, we can be sure the Nets are capable of getting dirty in the trenches.

Boston Celtics vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Same-Game Parlay

  • Boston Celtics Money Line
  • Over 214 Points

Odds: +144

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are without Karl-Anthony Towns, D'Angelo Russell, and Anthony Edwards for tonight's game against the Boston Celtics, and when you include Patrick Beverley in their list of absentee's you have to wonder where the team's defense is going to come from. Sure, the Celtics are missing some of their key rotation players too, but the potential return of Al Horford along with the presence of Jaylen Brown makes the Eastern Conference team the heavy favorites for tonight's game. But the loss of Jayson Tatum will hit the Celtics hard.

To make matters worse for the Timberwolves, their primary wing defenders in Taurean Prince and Jared Vanderbilt are also in health and safety protocols. So, Minnesota's best offensive and defensive players will all be missing tonight, but the Celtics will roll into town with an All-Star wing, a returning veteran big man, and some rising stars in Payton Pritchard and Romeo Langford - Chris Finch will be praying for a miracle when naming his starting five. Of course, the Celtics have proven to be inconsistent down the stretch, especially when holding a commanding lead, but with such a minimal amount of talent to rely upon, we can't see the Timberwolves causing an upset tonight.

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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Phoenix Suns Same-Game Parlay

  • Phoenix Suns Money Line
  • Over 220.5 Points

Odds: +135

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If you witness the Memphis Grizzlies game against the Sacramento Kings last night, you're probably expecting them to cause an upset against the Phoenix Suns tonight. But Phoenix isn't Sacramento, and if they build up a lead, you can bet your bottom dollar they're going to hold onto it. It's fair to point to the Suns lack of depth due to the team having 6 players in protocols, but their best players (minus Jae Crowder) are all healthy and will participate in tonight's game. The Grizzlies haven't released their injury report at the time of writing, but we can assume their starting five will be similar, if not identical, to the one they rolled out yesterday. The Grizzlies will need to manage their minutes with them being on the second night of a back-to-back, but depending on their current depth may struggle to do so. Regardless of how good Memphis has been in recent weeks, the Suns are ranked 3rd in the NBA for net rating, and over the last two weeks have had the second-best defense in the league. We're backing Phoenix to take care of business tonight, because that's what they've done all season long, and because the Grizzlies will have some tired legs after their impressive exploits last night.

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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