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NBA Parlay picks and predictions for Thursday. Handicapper Adam Taylor brings you a three-team parlay and two same-game parlays for today's slate of NBA games

NBA Parlay Picks For Thursday: Wizards vs. Nets, Sixers vs. Bucks, And More

Thursday's NBA Parlay

  • Miami Heat Moneyline
  • Brooklyn Nets Moneyline
  • Dallas Mavericks Moneyline

Odds: +279 (Bet $100 to win $279)

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It's the last day of basketball before the All-Star break, so we're looking to go into this break with a bang. And what better way than to chase some profit than a nice money line parlay.

The Miami Heat hold a 14-8 record since the turn of the year and currently sit 10th in offensive rating and 7th in defensive rating in 2022. As I've said before, a team that sits at similar positions in both offense and defense is a team that's been well constructed by the front office - and I always value roster construction when picking teams to favor for the long term. The Charlotte Hornets aren't exactly a bad team either, but have a losing record in 2022, with a 10-13 record since the turn of the year. However, the Hornets have improved one of their biggest weaknesses in recent weeks: their defense. Sitting 11th in the NBA for defensive rating and 24th in offensive rating in 2022, the Hornets seem to have lost track of their identity, and that's not going to bode well for them against a fierce Heat team tonight. In terms of injuries, the Heat continues to deal with a long list of absentee's and today's is no different with Jimmy Butler (questionable), Dewayne Dedmon, Udonis Haslem (questionable), Tyler Herro, Victor Oladipo, and Markieff Morris all on today's report. The Hornets are in a far better spot, health-wise at least, with Gordon Hayward and Jalen McDaniels the only legitimate rotation members on the list. Still, the Heat have been dealing with these injury issues for what seems like half of the season, and they continue to be a stellar team in the Eastern Conference, when you couple that with Charlotte's identity crisis you start to lean towards the Heat winning tonight's contest. Which is why I'm backing Miami on the money line tonight.

I went back and forth on which team to back in tonight's contest between the Brooklyn Nets and Washington Wizards, as neither team fill you with confidence. However, I'm a sucker for talent and upside, so ended up choosing the Nets - because when they figure their stuff out, they're still one of the best teams in the NBA. However, since the turn of the year, the Nets have an 8-17 record and sit 28th in defensive rating. The Wizards, on the other hand, have an 8-14 record in 2022 and don't fair much better on defense, ranking 23rd. Neither team has their best player available for tonight, with Bradley Beal and Kevin Durant both ruled out, but as neither team has released their injury reports at the time of writing, we're unable to gauge if either team has an advantage there. My guess is that Kristaps Porzingis is absent and as the game is in Brooklyn, there will be no Kyrie Irving. Still, I think the Nets can squeeze a victory out tonight after snapping their ridiculous losing streak earlier this week. Look to Seth Curry if you're taking a player prop with this game, as he had a great game in his debut.

Finally, we have the Dallas Mavericks against the New Orleans Pelicans, and this was another difficult game to call. Sure, the Mavs have Luka Doncic, but the new-look Pelicans are no joke, even if they are waiting on the return (is it ever going to happen?) of Zion Williamson. Since the turn of the year, the Mavericks hold a 17-6 record and sit second in defensive rating, while the Pelicans hold a 10-13 record and rank 14th in defense and 19th in offense. Neither team has any new injuries to report, but Tim Hardaway Jr's absence can't be underestimated, as he's so important to Dallas' spacing around Doncic. Still, the Mavericks come into this game in good form and with a ton of momentum behind their backs, and that should be enough to carry them past the Pelicans. Sure, CJ McCollum has vastly improved New Orleans' offense, but Dallas is one of the better defensive teams in the league right now, and they should be able to weather any storm the Pelicans can muster. I feel confident in this game coming through for us and completing our money line parlay.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Philadelphia 76ers Same-Game Parlay

  • Milwaukee Bucks Money Line
  • Jrue Holiday Over 16.5 Points
  • Khris Middleton Under 10.5 Rebounds

Odds: +362 (Bet $100 to win $362)

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The Milwaukee Bucks look like world-beaters when their best three players share the floor together, the hard part is keeping all three healthy, and that's something the Bucks are still trying to figure out. However, since the start of the year, Milwaukee holds a 12-10 record, sit 8th in offense and 16th in defense - not bad, but it needs to be better if they want to maintain their status as NBA champions. The Sixers, who recently traded for James Harden, are counting down the days until the All-Star break is over, so they can unleash their new star duo onto the world, but until then, they're going to try and skate by with Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris leading the charge, which in truth, isn't a bad option within itself. Unfortunately for the Sixers, the Bucks have their big three healthy and ready to go tonight, and that will likely be enough for Milwaukee, who are missing Grayson Allen, George Hill, and Brook Lopez, to win tonight's game. I also think both of our player props are incredibly reasonable. The Sixers lean heavily on Embiid for their rebounding, which sometimes gives opposing wings opportunities to sneak in and secure the rebound, while Jrue Holiday is going to have a field day if the Sixers don't use Matisse Thybulle to guard him.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Houston Rockets Same-Game Parlay

  • Los Angeles Clippers Money Line
  • Over 226.5 Points

Odds: +107 (Bet $100 to win $107)

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When the Los Angeles Clippers acquired Robert Covington and Norman Powell before the trade deadline, I was convinced those moves were made with next season in mind, you know, once Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were back in the rotation. But, both Powell and Covington are going to play large roles on this Clippers team while they navigate injuries to their two star players. In terms of form, the Clippers hold an 11-13 record since the start of the year, and while it's not awful, they would have been hoping for more before the season began. The Houston Rockets, on the other hand, continue to struggle, which means their plan is working. Since the start of 2022, the Rockets hold a 5-16 record, sit last in defensive rating, and 27th in offensive rating - it's also doubtful that Dennis Schroder's arrival is going to change their fortunes either. As such, it makes sense to expect the Clippers to dominate tonight's game - injuries or no injuries, and that's why we're backing the Clippers on the money line, because, what other option did we have?

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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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