NBA Parlay Picks For Friday: Detroit Pistons vs. Toronto Raptors, 76ers vs. Celtics, and More
NBA Parlay Picks For Friday: Indiana Pacers vs. Phoenix Suns, 76ers vs. Celtics, and More
Friday's NBA Parlay
- Phoenix Suns Moneyline (Pacers vs Suns Odds)
- Chicago Bulls Moneyline (Bulls vs Warriors Odds)
- San Antonio Spurs Moneyline (Spurs vs Cavaliers Odds)
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NBA Parlay Breakdown
We're starting our parlay off with what should be an easy win, as we back the Phoenix Suns to take care of business against the Indiana Pacers, who are coming off back-to-back losses against the Boston Celtics. Phoenix is pretty much back to full health, with Cameron Johnson their biggest miss due to injury, and even he could potentially play tonight. When at their best, the Suns are one of the NBA's most talented and well-oiled rosters and should have no problem in dispatching the Indiana Pacers, who are currently a middling team, searching for an identity. While the Pacers do have two stellar big men in Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner, they're very limited on the perimeter, and continually get pushed by shift guards or athletic wings - Phoenix has both of those things in abundance. As such, the Suns are favored to win tonight's game comfortably and continue adding to their 31 wins for the season.
Oh what a tangled web we weave! I've spent all season backing the Golden State Warriors, yet after suffering their first back-to-back losses of the season, I've changed my fickle tone for tonight's contest against the Chicago Bulls. Both teams are currently leading their respective conferences, and both have been far better than many expected coming into the season. But as these two teams square off against each other, and we have to select a winner, the Bulls' recent play has me giving them a slight edge. Sure, Chicago got their butts whooped by the Brooklyn Nets earlier this week, and have looked slightly susceptible against volume shooting guards without Alex Caruso to lean on, but Draymond Green's absence has hit the Warriors defensive organization harder than many assumed it would - myself included. I still think the Warriors are the better team, but they're clearly struggling with re-integrating Klay Thompson into the rotation and haven't looked at the best for a few weeks at this point. As such, I'm breaking my own rule, and backing the Bulls to come out on top.
Our final game to end this parlay is between the San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers, and similar to the Warriors vs. Bulls game, it's a hard one to call. Here we have a Spurs team that has begun finding their identity as a patient offensive team who switch everything and muddy it up on defense. But the Cavaliers have been impressive this year, and boast numerous talents that project as future All-Stars - the names Darius Garland and Evan Mobley come to mind, along with Isaac Okoro. However, since Ricky Rubio went down with a season-ending injury, the Cavaliers defense hasn't been the same - which is strange considering Rubio has never been considered a defensive player - still, over the last two weeks, Cleveland's defense has ranked 16th in the league, a far cry from it's 3rd placed ranking for the season as a whole. And that defensive slide is what will give the Spurs hope, despite them losing 7 of their last 8 contests, and despite their shoddy statistical ratings. As it always does, a lot of San Antonio's success will rest on the shoulders of Dejounte Murray, who will either struggle to finish through Mobley and Allen or will assert his will early and often - his performance will be a deciding factor. On paper, the Cavaliers should be winning this game, they're not missing as many players as their opponent, and should be able to shut up shop from the opening tip - but something has me leaning towards the Spurs for this game, and with it being so close, I'm going with my gut.
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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics Same-Game Parlay
- Celtics Moneyline
- Jayson Tatum Over 24.5 Points
- Jayson Tatum Over 7.5 Rebounds
- Odds: +786
The Boston Celtics have won 5 of their last 7 games, and are beginning to play Ime Udoka's brand of basketball on both ends, which hasn't always been pretty but is quickly becoming impactful. After what seems like a 6-week wait, the Celtics are at full strength minus Marcus Smart who is questionable due to Health and Safety protocols and will be looking to make up ground after struggling for most of the season thus far. Their opponents for tonight, the Philadelphia 76ers have also been on a good run of form, winning 4 of their last 5 games over the last two weeks, and boasting a top 5 offense and defense in the same time span.
However, the Celtics have more depth to their roster heading into this contest, primarily due to Ben Simmons continued abstinence from basketball activities, along with the "Embiid stopper" in Al Horford. Any contest between these two franchises is always gritty and usually comes down to the wire. Both teams have registered a victory in their previous 2 meetings this season, which places bragging rights on tonight's game, and that usually gets the Celtics fired up for a battle. Jayson Tatum had a stellar game against the Indiana Pacers earlier this week and looks to be closing in on his best form, which means he's a threat as a scorer, playmaker, and rebounder from the wing, while Jaylen Brown will give the Celtics more of the same on the opposite side of the floor. I think the Celtics are figuring things out at the right time, have the deeper, more talented roster, and should squeeze out a victory tonight. But, in order to do that, Boston will need to find a way past Matisse Thybulle, who always locks down one of the Celtics star wings, while also limiting Embiid's success around the high-post and three-point line - because that's how he hurt the Celtics in their last meeting.
Detroit Pistons vs. Toronto Raptors Same-Game Parlay
- Raptors Moneyline
- Cade Cunningham Over 16.5 Points
- Cade Cunningham Under 10.5 Rebounds
- Odds: +383
The Toronto Raptors are no joke, winning 6 of their last 7 games, and showing the world they compete with anybody when they're healthy. Tonight, it's the Detroit Pistons turn to try and slow down Scottie Barnes et al., and due to Jerami Grant's continued absence thanks to a thumb sprain, a lot of the workload will fall onto impressive rookie Cade Cunningham. Much has been said of the Pistons' future, with Cunningham leading the charge, and several other young promising players on their roster, but in the immediate, the Pistons are poor and have the worst offense in the NBA along with one of the poorest defenses. Sure, Detroit has found a way to win 4 of their last 7 games, but that's the exception, not the rule, I mean, we're talking about a team that ranks last in the NBA's net rating leader board and doesn't possess any real difference makes on their roster. But, that's what the Pistons front office wants, they want to be a bad team, so they continue to rebuild their roster and work on making the future a brighter place. Unfortunately for Pistons fans, that means a ton of losses, and that's what we expect for them tonight: another loss. The Raptors are deeper, more athletic, and very well-coached, I honestly would be shocked to my core if the Pistons found a way of winning this one.
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.