NBA Parlay Picks for Tuesday: Backing the Strong Moneyline Favorites

Moneylines and player props are what we are looking to in the hope they will be the keys to successful parlays in today's slate of NBA games. Here is a 3-team parlay and two same-game parlays for Tuesday night.
Adam Taylor |
Tue, December 28, 11:15 AM EST | 5 min read
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NBA Parlay Picks for Tuesday: Backing the Strong Moneyline Favorites

Tuesday's NBA Parlay

We had a successful multi-team parlay yesterday when backing the moneyline, and are looking to replicate that again today. Sure, the odds are lower than we would like, but if you can double your money, there's not really a reason to complain, right? Let's dive in.

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NBA Parlay Breakdown

First up, we have the Milwaukee Bucks against the Orlando Magic, and yes, this game looks very lopsided in terms of talent. Orlando is missing 10 players tonight, due to injury and health and safety protocols, while the Bucks only have Brook Lopez listed on their injury list to start the day. That means that the Magic are about to face a Bucks team that's essentially at full strength - that's right, the same Bucks team that won the NBA just a few short months ago! We can't realistically expect the Magic to get anything from this game, heck, just remaining competitive should be a moral victory. There's not much we can dive into with this contest - stats, players, averages, none of them hold any weight when a team is as depleted as the Magic currently are. So, clearly, we're backing the Bucks on the moneyline and won't be concerned come game time.

Next up, we have the Miami Heat vs. the Washington Wizards. Let's start with the injury report because you know, that's the biggest issue teams are facing right now. The Wizards will be without Bradley Beal, Thomas Bryant, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and four rotation players for tonight's contest against the Heat. While Miami is without Bam Adebayo, Kyle Lowry, Markieff Morris, PJ Tucker, and Dewayne Dedmon. The biggest difference here is that the Heat can still trot out a lineup that includes Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro, and Duncan Robinson along with sharpshooting rotation players like Max Strus. Washington doesn't have such luxuries. I mean, Miami has been dealing with lineup issues for weeks now but has still won 5 of their last 6 games while putting together a top-3 defense over the last two-week period, while the Wizards have struggled to both score and stop the ball over the same timeframe. Sure, Washington is a pesky team, who gets in your face from the get-go, but that's the type of game the Heat love to play. We're backing Miami on the moneyline, primarily due to their strength in depth and current form despite dealing with COVID-caused roster issues.

Finally, we have the Denver Nuggets against the Golden State Warriors, and when the Warriors are playing, you bet on the Warriors to win - that's how the season has gone, and it's a lesson we've all learned. Sure, they might drop a game here or there, but this is the best team in the NBA according to their net rating, and they also boast the best defense in the league. If you look at the Nuggets, their season went out of the window once Micahel Porter Jr was ruled out for the season. Jamall Murray continues to recover from a knee injury, and PJ Dozier won't return to an NBA floor until next season at the earliest - the Nuggets were depleted before the Coronavirus outbreak. So, while Denver has avoided the current protocol issues that many other teams are dealing with, their roster was already struggling to remain competitive. Sure, the Warriors have six players out tonight, with Draymond Green being the most notable name, but they're still the deeper, more talented team. We're backing Steph Curry and the Warriors, who are 5 and 1 over the last two weeks, to defeat Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets (2 and 3 three over the last two weeks) to round out our multi-team parlay and take us to 2-0 for the week so far.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New York Knicks Same-Game Parlay

  • Knicks Moneyline
  • Julius Randle Over 20.5 Points
  • Odds: +198

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You're going to see a very different Timberwolves team than the one who beat the Boston Celtics last night, with all 9 of their rotation players clearing protocols - according to their current injury report. That means Minnesota will boast a well-rested Karl-Anthony Towns, D'Angelo Russell, and Anthony Edwards for tonight's contest, however, there will likely be some rust on their wheels and a lack of game fitness. New York, on the other hand, will run with the same lineup that's been bringing them some success recently, and that lineup will probably include Kemba Walker, who has been rejuvenated since returning to the rotation. We're expecting Randle to get over the 20 point mark, which he's done in 5 of his last six outings, and 17 times in his 33 games so far this season, so this feels like a fair expectation against a Timberwolves team who sit 11th in the league.

If Minessota's return to health has you questioning this parlay, consider switching it up, and taking the moneyline + Randle for odds of +432.

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Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers Same-Game Parlay

  • Lakers Moneyline
  • LeBron James Over 28.5 Points
  • LeBron James Over 8.5 rebounds
  • Odds: +425

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LeBron James has scored 29 or more points in 7 of his last ten games, and in his last four outings, so expecting him to make that 8 in 11 contests is a fair expectation given the Los Angeles Lakers latest opponent is a Houston Rockets team who sit 28th in the NBA for defensive rating. We can also expect King James to flirt with double-digit rebounding numbers, but more importantly to cover the +8.5 spread on the boards - which he has done 7 times in his last 10 outings also. And then, we can look at the game, where the Lakers will likely lineup similar to what we've seen in recent weeks - and sure, that lineup has lost 5 of their last 6 games, but they should still be talented enough to defeat a Rockets team missing some of its key players. Unfortunately, Houston hasn't filed their injury report thus far, so we're not sure to what extent their roster will be depleted tonight, but we can be confident that whoever they have available won't be enough to defeat a Lakers team with a point to prove. Or so we hope. Because we're backing LeBron and the Lakers to snap their cold streak and come away from this contest with a much-needed victory.

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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