NBA Parlay Picks for Thursday: Ride the Hot Teams

A quiet NBA schedule gives us a multi-team parlay and a same-game parlay to sink our teeth into Thursday night from NBA expert, Adam Taylor.
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Thu, January 6, 9:25 AM EST | 8 min read
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NBA Parlay Picks for Thursday: Ride the Hot Teams

Thursday's NBA Parlay

We're closing in on a successful week with our multi-team parlays after hitting on the three-team money line again yesterday. Unfortunately, two upsets left our same-game parlays in tatters.

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NBA Parlay Breakdown

Our first game sees us backing the Memphis Grizzlies to come out on top against the Detroit Pistons, which I think we all agree is the most likely outcome. Ja Morant has been on fire since returning from injury, and one has to think that it's partly due to him proving a point after fans began saying the team was better without him in the line-up. At the time of writing, the Pistons haven't released their injury report, but it's safe to assume we will see a similar rotation to what they ran earlier this week. The Grizzlies continue to be without Kyle Anderson and Desmond Bane who are both listed as doubtful for tonight's game, while Dillon Brooks and De'Anthony Melton have both been upgraded to questionable. The Grizzlies have won 6 of their last 7 games, and have been one of the better teams since mid-December, while the Pistons continue to have the worst offense in the NBA and one of the poorer defenses. I can't see the Pistons finding success tonight, regardless of who is in their line-up, the talent deficit is too great, and the momentum is clearly behind Memphis coming into the contest.

Next up we have the Golden State Warriors, who came up incredibly short against the Dallas Mavericks last night and only scored 82 points, which is insane for the league's best-ranked defense. Tonight, the Warriors face off against the New Orleans Pelicans in what could be considered a trap game. It's worth noting that the Warriors haven't lost to consecutive games all season, and I can't envision that starting tonight against a Pelicans team that's still without their star player and has been struggling for relevancy all season. In fact, New Orleans is currently ranked 27th for offensive rating and 24th for defensive rating - that's how bad they've been without Zion Williamson to bulldoze through their opponents. We can expect a good night from Stephen Curry who has been uncharacteristically taken out of games a couple of times since the turn of the year, but now, against a Pelicans team struggling for an identity, is the best time for Curry to come back alive. In what is the second meeting between these two teams, I'm backing Golden State to make it two wins from two, and take us to the final leg of our parlay.

Finally, we're backing the Phoenix Suns against the Los Angeles Clippers, in what is the most difficult game to call in this parlay. Sure, the Clippers continue to be without Paul George, who has been leading the line admirably in the absence of Kawhi Leonard, but they're still finding ways to remain competitive. However, 2 wins in their last 6 contests don't bode well for the Clippers heading into a difficult contest against a Suns team who have looked unbeatable at times. What hurts the Clippers most, is at a time when the Suns look vulnerable down the middle, their own two impactful bigs are out of the line-up due to health and safety protocols with Isaiah Hartenstein and Ivica Zubac both set to miss the game. Furthermore, Luke Kennard's absence will remove a lot of the Clippers' perimeter creation and three-point scoring threat, which makes life a lot easier for the Suns on defense. No matter which way you slice it, the Suns have Devin Booker and Chris Paul available for tonight's contest, along with the majority of their rotation players, and should easily defeat an injury-riddled Clippers' team to give us another multi-team parlay victory.

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I just can't get a read on this year's Boston Celtics team, one moment they look good, the next you're asking yourself what went wrong. And after another loss to the San Antonio Spurs, backing the Celtics to win tonight was a difficult call. However, Boston can lean on Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum to lead the line, in what will be a difficult matchup for the Knicks struggling wings. It's funny really because both of these teams came into the season with high expectations after some new recruits over the summer, and both have fallen short thus far. From a form standpoint, the Knicks should be slightly favored tonight, having won 4 of their last 7 contests compared to the Celtics' 2 wins in their last 6. But matchups make contests and with Brown playing like an All-Star scorer right now, I'm curious who the Knicks ask to slow him down, considering RJ Barett likely takes Tatum after doing a good job defending him earlier in the season. These two teams have faced off twice already this season, and are tied at 1-1, which makes sense due to how well they match up.

The Celtics have pretty much overcome their COVID issues though, while the Knicks still have a few of their players in protocols, and will also be missing Derrick Rose who has been a large part of how the Knicks attacked the Celtics earlier in the season. I think that Julius Randle is in line for a big night considering the Celtics always struggle to guard him, and feel confident that he covers our player props for this contest, but would understand if you want to back the Knicks all the way by taking them on the money line.

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Adam Taylor
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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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