NBA Parlay Picks For Monday: Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz, Thunder vs. Bulls and More

After coming close on each of yesterday's parlays, Adam Taylor is back again, trying to find the best value in a three-team parlay and same-game parlay for Monday night's NBA action.
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NBA Parlay Picks For Monday: Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz, Thunder vs. Bulls and More

We came so close yesterday! The Nets lost by 11, two points more than our Parlay allowed, Robert Williams scored 8 points, two less than we needed, and the Jazz versus the Warriors didn't hit our point projections. But, we're on the right track, so let's get into today's round of games!

Monday's NBA Parlay

NBA Parlay Odds: +270: (Bet $100 to Win $270)

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NBA Parlay Breakdown

Our first port of call is the New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, in a game Cleveland should be winning. After winning their game against the Los Angeles Clippers last night, the Knicks, on the second night of a back-to-back, face off against one of the best defensive teams in the NBA. Not only are the Cavaliers a top-3 defensive team in the league, they're also one of the more in-form units, having won 6 of their last 7 games with a point differential of +2.1. Lauri Markkanen will be a big loss for Cleveland, as his size and length is a huge part of how the team sets itself up defensively, but they've managed without him before, and they should be able to do it again. Of course, Cleveland will task Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen with locking down the paint, and containing Mitchell Robinson, while Darius Garland will look to exploit New Yorks' lack of healthy guards. We can't ignore the Knicks recent room of good form either, though, as they have been solid over the last 14 days, ranking 10th in offense and 5th in defense - however, that 14-day sample size is a far cry from the teams 19th overall offense and 13th overall defense. Frankly, the Knicks are playing above their capabilities and are due to regress at some point, or so we would expect. I think Cleveland should win tonight, their defense is too good for the Knicks to exploit, especially without Kemba Walker and Derrick Rose in the rotation, and their legs will likely tire down the stretch following their game last night. We're giving New York a shot, though, backing them on a +11 spread that gives us plenty of rope to win on a scope of outcomes.

Next up, we've got the Indiana Pacers against a resurgent New Orleans Pelicans team. Neither of these teams has been impressive this season, and both are underperforming considering the expectations they began the year with. Usually, the Pacers would be considered favorites for a contest between these two teams, but a litany of injuries has left them susceptible to defeat. Malcolm Brogdon, Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner, T.J. McConnell, and possibly Caris LeVert are out of tonight's game, forcing the Pacers into a game with none of their starting 5. The Pelicans have their own injury worries, most notably Brandon Ingram, Trey Murphy III, and Naji Marshall, while Devonte' Graham is questionable to start the day. With so many key players missing on both sides, the game is sure to be a slug-fest, but it's Indiana who've been hit hardest, and with no notable big-man in their rotation tonight, we can expect a huge performance from Jonas Valanciunas. The only saving grace for the Pacers is that the Pelicans have struggled all season, and their uptick in wins projects to be temporary, at least until Zion Williamson returns. However, having none of your starters available is a blow that most teams can't recover from, which is why we're giving Indiana a +8-point head start, as we try to bridge the talent gap between the two teams.

In our last game of this multi-team parlay see the Utah Jazz face off against the Phoenix Suns, and these two teams always put on a show! It would seem that Rudy Gobert is back healthy after playing against the Golden State Warriors yesterday, but will be questionable again today as the Jazz play the second night of a back-to-back, while Donovan Mitchell remains out of the rotation due to injury. Phoenix also has some guys missing, with Deandre Ayton, Cameron Payne, and Jae Crowder being the notable names on today's injury report. However, Utah has been struggling of late, losing 5 of their last 7 contests, and looking vulnerable at every turn, while the Suns are on a six-game winning streak and have their star guard duo fit and healthy for tonight's contest. I can't see that Jazz, who will be worn down from yesterday's tough-fought loss to the Warriors, getting a beneficial result tonight - Phoenix is too good and is coming off a four-day rest period. Of course, this is the NBA and every team can potentially run out winners, regardless of who their opponents are, which is why we're giving the Jazz an 11.5-point head start, and we try to create an advantage to get this parlay over the line.

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Chicago Bulls Same-Game Parlay

  • Chicago Bulls +9
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Over 24.5 Points
  • Josh Giddey Under 6.5 Assists
  • Odds: +300

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The Chicago Bulls continue to operate with a patched-up roster and are sorely missing Alex Caruso's defensive intensity off the bench, while Lonzo Ball's playmaking skills look like they were a core part of how the Bulls rose to the top of the Eastern Conference earlier this season. Yet, they are remaining competitive thanks to DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic's offensive and defensive presence, and some stellar performances from some of their bench talent. However, on the second night of a back-to-back, with a shortened rotation, the Bulls now face the youthful Oklahoma City Thunder - a team that plays hard from the first to the final whistle.

In fairness, the Thunder is without Derrick Favors, and Aleksej Pokusevski tonight, which will hurt their defensive versatility and pick-and-roll game. Still, the Thunder have an elite guard in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander who will look to pressure the Bulls defense and test their fitness levels, which is why I can see him dropping over 25 points in this contest. Furthermore, Josh Giddey is looking like a genuine playmaker in a similar mold to Ben Simmons, except with a propensity to shoot the three-ball, and while he's having an impressive rookie season, I can't see him setting up more than 6 buckets in this contest due to Chicago's length on the wings. The Thunder has won multiple games against top-tier opponents this season, and with the Bulls being short-handed, I can see them doing so again tonight (or at least running the game close) which is why I'm taking the Bulls on a +9 spread and rolling with the outcome. These two teams might not give us a glamorous game tonight, but it's sure to be a fun one!

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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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