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Adam Taylor gives you his best picks from today's NBA games including two same-game parlays and a big parlay with the NBA slate.

NBA Parlays For Monday: Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat, Hawks vs Raptors, and More

Monday's NBA Parlay

Odds: +125 (Bet $100 to win $125)

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NBA Parlay Breakdown

I've tried to stay away from money lines in recent days, as they don't provide any margin for error, but in tonight's game between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets, there is only one reasonable outcome. So, we take Steph Curry and co. to demolish a poor Rockets team that's struggling to stay afloat. Both teams are missing some of their players, but there are no notable additions to either injury report, except maybe Kevin Porter Jr. who is questionable to start the day. As such, we're running with the team that boasts the best defense in the NBA and has two of the all-time greatest scorers in its backcourt. It's also worth remembering that Houston has only won 14 games this season, and four of those came in January - frankly if the Rockets win tonight, it will be a major shock to the system.

Next up, we have two teams who both entered the season looking to build upon some encouraging additions during the off-season. However, only the Cleveland Cavaliers have been able to push forwards with the team's development. We've all ready about the defensive impact of Evan Mobley, and the incredible jump Darius Garland has made, but the Cavaliers are a good team, full of young, talented players. I especially like Isaac Okoro and Jarrett Allen as legitimate impact makes for Cleveland. The New Orleans Pelicans, on the other hand, still can't find their groove, and continue to cling onto the hope that Zion Williamson will return from injury and drag the team back to relevance - but that's looking increasingly unlikely by the day. Williamson, who injured his foot during the summer, was supposed to be back on the floor by now, so you have to wonder if we will see him at all this season. Despite an early-January resurgence, the Pelicans have taken a few steps backward in recent weeks, winning just 1 of their last four attempts and ranking 28th in defense over the previous 14 days, the Cavaliers, however, have won 4 of their last 6 and hold the league's third greatest defense. I don't see the Pelicans having much of a shot tonight, but an 11-point head start goes some way to leveling the playing field.

Finally, we have the Memphis Grizzlies facing off against the Philadelphia 76ers. The downside to this contest is that the Sixers are without Joel Embiid tonight along with Ben Simmons, Shake Milton, And possibly Furkan Korkmaz, while Memphis will be missing Dillion Brooks. Coming up against the Grizzlies, in their current form, without either of your top stars is a tough break for Philadelphia - especially given their recent good form. The Sixers will be hoping Tobias Harris can keep them competitive but against Ja Morant and co. it seems rather unlikely. With so many key players missing from Philadelphia's rotation, looking into the numbers makes little sense, all we need to know, is that Memphis has won 14 of their last 16 games, and looks to be a genuine threat out of the Western Conference. As such, I'm leaning towards a Grizzlies win tonight, but will be covering our backs by taking the Sixers on a +8 spread, just in case Harris or one of the team's bench players (maybe Tyrese Maxey) decides to go supernova and drag their team to victory.

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Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat Same-Game Parlay

  • Miami Heat +8
  • Marcus Smart Under 1.5 Three's

Odds: +176 (Bet $100 to win $176)

Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat Line Movement

Let's start this off by stating that I don't expect the Boston Celtics to win tonight, they've been exceptionally poor against the league's "better" teams this season and continually find a way to hinder their offense down the stretch. Of course, the Miami Heat are missing Kyle Lowry, Markieff Morris, Omer Yurtseven, and potentially Jimmy Butler - so it's not like the Heat enters tonight's game at full strength. Yet, when you can call upon Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro, et al. Your team's depth is in pretty good shape, but still, the Celtics are coming into tonight's game with their primary rotation fit, healthy, and in rhythm, so perhaps there is some validity to Vegas picking Boston to win a tightly fought game. My concern is that even though the Heat has been shorthanded these last few weeks, they've still found a way to win 5 of their last 7 games, while the Celtics have hovered around the .500 mark throughout the season. Expecting things to change now doesn't seem like the smartest move from where I'm sitting. So, we're doing what we do best - hedging out bets and taking the Heat on a +8 spread, which feels perfectly fair. Oh, and the Marcus Smart prop bet feels like excellent value considering his shot attempts have become few and far between since he returned to the starting five.

Atlanta Hawks vs. Toronto Raptors Same-Game Parlay

  • Toronto Raptors +9
  • Scottie Barnes Under 3.5 Assists
  • Pascal Siakam Under 20.5 Points

Odds: +292 (Bet $100 to win $292)

Atlanta Hawks vs Toronto Raptors Line Movement

I really like this year's Toronto Raptors team, they're young, hungry, and incredibly athletic. However, the Atlanta Hawks have found a new gear in recent weeks and look incredible value for money on a nightly basis. Tonight, the Hawks will face a tough challenge, though. The Raptors offense is designed to bully their way to the rim and punish teams who collapse on defense, and that's exactly what the Hawks do. Atlanta relied on their rim protectors to consistently bail them out of trouble, primarily due to the team's below-average perimeter defense - which is why the Hawks find themselves hovering around 27th in the NBA for defensive points allowed.

However, Atlanta's offense is 2nd in the NBA, and more than makes up for their shortcomings on the defensive end of the floor, which means Toronto will need to be locked in from the opening tip. Furthermore, the Raptors may be the more well-rounded team in terms of offensive and defensive skill, but the Hawks are an elite three-point shooting team and boast some serious rim pressure in the likes of Clint Capela and even Danilo Gallinari. I enjoy both of these teams and think either is capable of getting a victory tonight, but I have to side with the Hawks, they're in better form, have the better offensive players, and are built to "win now". Still, a +9-point spread will keep things interesting for us, as will watching Siakam and praying he doesn't get too hot against one of the leakier defenses the NBA has to offer.

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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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