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We're a day out from New Year's Eve, and we want to end the year with some extra cash in our pockets! That's why we're hammering the moneyline, to try and cash out ready for those New Year's parties!
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NBA Parlay Picks for Thursday: Hammering Moneylines

Thursday's NBA Parlay

We had some tangible success yesterday, hitting on our three-team parlay and one of our two same-game parlays! Today, we're sticking to the formula, as we aim to end this year strong!

NBA Parlay Odds: +154: Risk $100 to win $154

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First up we have the Brooklyn Nets vs the Philadelphia 76ers, in what would have been a battle of Eastern Conference giants had it not been for the COVID outbreak around the league. Instead, we're going to see some of the stars that are usually associated with this matchup, but not all of them. Luckily, Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Joel Embiid are all scheduled to participate in the contest, meaning we should get some high-level NBA basketball, and that's in short supply around the league right now! In terms of value, the Sixers have been a middling team all season, sitting 14th in both offense and defense, which is respectable but not enough to feel confident about them shutting down the Nets. Brooklyn has already beaten the Sixers once this season and has won 3 of their last 4 games, so we're backing the in-form team to continue stacking wins.

Next up we have the Milwaukee Bucks against the Orlando Magic in what we can call a rubber-stamp game for the Bucks. The Magic continue to be decimated by COVID and are missing 12 guys tonight, leaving them to rely on 10-day hardship contracts and G-League call-ups - not ideal when facing a full-strength Bucks team who are the reigning NBA champions! Orlando sits 28th in the league for both offense and defense on the season, and will likely be worse than that due to the absences throughout their roster, while the Bucks, who have had injury issues all season, are surging up the standings. The Bucks now sit 5th in offense and 7th in defense, while winning 4 of their last 6 games, some of which didn't include one or more of their big-three. I can't look past Milwaukee for this game, and if you want to add extra spice to this parlay, feel free to give the Magic a reasonable spread for them to lose by!

Finally, we have a rematch between the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors. We lost a parlay one this matchup earlier in the week, and I haven't learned my lesson, because I'm still riding with the Warriors. Golden State has been exceptional all season long and has ensured they avenge their losses when given the opportunity, and now, against an injury-ravaged Nuggets team, we can expect them to do it again. However, the loss of Draymond Green can't be overstated - he's the glue that holds this team together and gets everybody pulling in the right direction. Obviously, the Nuggets have the advantage through the middle due to Nikola Jokic's presence, but the Warriors are strong at the guard positions and on the wings. The game will be a battle between two Western Conference powerhouses, but the Warriors have the know-how and the personnel to win this game. Oh, and it also helps that Golden State is dominating the Nuggets on the stat sheet too, ranking higher in net, offensive, and defensive rating.

Washington Wizards vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Same-Game Parlay

  • Over 210.5 Points
  • Cavaliers Moneyline
  • Odds: +356

Wizards vs Cavaliers Odds

The loss of Ricky Rubio for the season will hurt the Cleveland Cavaliers, not just in this game, but for the entire season. However, against a Washington Wizards team that is sweating on the availability of Bradley Beal, and who are without Montrezl Harrell, you have to think the Cavaliers have a fighting chance. The return of Evan Mobley to the rotation will be a massive boost to Cleveland's chances tonight, as their defense will return to exceptional levels, but Jarrett Allen's presence within their "trio of towers" will certainly be missed. Darius Garland is enjoying a breakout year running the point guard position and will test the Wizards' 22nd ranked defense. Vegas has the Wizards as slight favorites for this game, and while I totally get it - because if Beal does play, they're the better team - the Cavaliers have been upsetting the odds all season, especially against equally talented teams. I'm riding with the overachievers for this contest and backing the Cavaliers on the money line!

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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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