NBA Parlay Picks for Friday: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Chicago Bulls, Warriors vs. Rockets, and More

Adam Taylor is back with another three-team moneyline parlay and two same-game parlays for Friday night's NBA action.
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NBA Parlay Picks for Friday: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Chicago Bulls, Warriors vs. Rockets, and More

The health and safety protocols that decimated teams around the league look to finally be under control, so our moneyline parlays won't be running much longer - back to spread betting we go! But until then, let's try and make this money!

Friday's NBA Parlay

NBA Parlay Odds: +127: (Bet $100 to Win $127)

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NBA Parlay Breakdown

Our first game sees the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Orlando Magic, and despite their lackluster season thus far, we're running with Los Angeles. Head coach Frank Vogel shook the Lakers' world earlier this week when he decided to bench Russell Westbrook, and we can only assume he sees this move as addition by subtraction, but it does alter how the Lakers are going to approach games moving forwards. Vogel is known as a defensive-minded coach, yet his Lakers team sits 21st in the league for defensive rating and has lost 4 of their last 6 games, so it makes sense why he's chosen such drastic actions. Luckily, the Lakers face a poor Magic team tonight, who are missing the majority of their best talent and sit dead last in points differential with a -10.6 per 100 possessions ranking. If Los Angeles needed a "pick-me-up" game, tonight couldn't be a better opportunity. LeBron James continues to defy the laws of aging and will relish the opportunity of getting his team back on track against the struggling Eastern Conference franchise.

For our next game, we're keeping our focus on Los Angeles, except this time, it's the Clippers. However, unlike the Lakers, we're not expecting Ty Lue's team to come out on top tonight, as the Philadelphia 76ers are a stern opponent. The Sixers currently boast a top-10 offense and defense and have won 5 of their last 7 games after navigating a tough December which saw their roster depleted due to health and safety protocols. The Clippers, on the other hand, continue to wait on Paul George's return to fitness and have been struggling in his absence, while Marcus Morris and Nicolas Batum would both be huge boosts should they receive clearance to participate in tonight's game. From the Sixers' standpoint, they're still missing some of their best defensive wings, which could be detrimental should the Clippers come out swinging. However, Joel Embiid is fit and healthy, as is Tobias Harris, and that pairing should be enough to see the Sixers through tonight's matchup, even with some of the team's better rotation players being unavailable.

Our final game of this parlay is between the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls, it should have been a fantastic game. Unfortunately, the Bulls are working through some roster issues, with Lonzo Ball sporting a knee injury along with Zach Lavine, while Patrick Williams continues to be out (for the season) due to a ligament tear in his wrist. On the other side of things, the Bucks are as healthy as they've been all season, and look every inch the Eastern Conference contender we all expected them to be at the start of the season. Don't let the Bucks 4 losses in 7 games confuse you, this is a team figuring out their chemistry again, but with their big-3 now back healthy and playing at the same time, we're about to see a big run from this team as they bid to make up ground. Chicago isn't so lucky, they were hit hard by COVID to begin the year, have lost some of their swagger, and look vulnerable right now, ranking dead last in defensive rating over the past 14 days. I can't see the shorthanded Bulls winning tonight, despite DeMar DeRozan's stellar year, and Nikola Vucevic's presence - the Bucks are too good on both sides of the ball. As such, taking Milwaukee on the money line was a no-brainer for me.

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Boston Celtics vs. Portland Trail Blazers Same-Game Parlay

  • Celtics Moneyline
  • Jaylen Brown Over 23.5 Points
  • Al Horford Over 5.5 Rebounds
  • Odds:+307

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If the Boston Celtics are to stand a chance of winning tonight, they will need to attack the basket relentlessly. Jayson Tatum's scoring slump has been a significant factor in Boston's recent inconsistency, and the team will need others to step up while he continues to navigate such a difficult shooting stretch, which is why we're expecting Jaylen Brown to drop 24 or more tonight. Of course, against a Portland Trail Blazers team who sit 28th in defensive rating, you would hope both of their star scorers could get hot, and kill the game before the fourth quarter, but that's not the Celtics style.

We also need to be aware of CJ McCollum, who has recently returned to Portland's rotation following a collapsed lung and is capable of going nuclear at any moment. Jusuf Nurkic has been a tough cover for the Celtics in recent seasons, and will likely cause them problems again tonight, but Boston will be hoping the experienced defense that Al Horford provides can help the team whether any potential storm, which is why backing the veteran center to snag 6 or more boards projects to be a good value for this contest. Overall, the Celtics might be an inconsistent team, but the Trail Blazers are teetering on the brink of crisis, and haven't looked like a coherent roster all year. I'm backing the Celtics to put their struggles behind them tonight as they take care of business.

Celtics vs. Trail Blazers Line Movement

Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets Same-Game Parlay

  • Warriors Moneyline
  • Stephen Curry Over 25.5 Points
  • Stephen Curry Over 4.5 Three's
  • Odds: +367

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A slight blip in form has seen the Golden State Warriors lose 4 of their last 7 games, despite Klay Thompson returning to the fold. Perhaps it's Thompson's return that has sent them slightly off track, while they adjust to an additional star demanding additional touches, or it may just be some tired legs catching up with their aging flamethrower in Stephen Curry.

However, tonight the Warriors face the Houston Rockets, who are one of the poorer teams in the NBA and sit dead last in defensive rating for the season. It's that poor defense, that has me confident in a Curry scoring outburst, as I expect him to comfortably get over the 26 point mark, and to light up the Rockets from deep. The Rockets and Warriors have both been in reasonable form over the last 14 days, but that should change your mind in who to back tonight. The Warriors are fighting for the 1st seed in the Western Conference and have looked like legitimate championship contenders all season, while the Rockets are rebuilding and want a high-placed draft pick in the summer. As such, I'm riding with the Warriors, and backing Curry to get the job done.

Warriors vs. Rockets Line Movement

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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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