NBA Parlay Picks For Friday: Heat vs. Knicks, Lakers vs. Clippers, And More

NBA Parlay picks and predictions for Friday's action across the league. Adam Taylor brings you another multi-team parlay and two same-game parlays for Friday's slate of NBA action.
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NBA Parlay Picks For Friday: Heat vs. Knicks, Lakers vs. Clippers, And More

NBA Multi-team parlay

  • Toronto Raptors +7
  • New York Knicks +9
  • Minnesota Timberwolves +8

Odds: +188 (Bet $100 to win $188)

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We fell one Domantas Sabonis assist short of a perfect day yesterday, but still, we found tons of value and had some solid success. Let's try and replicate that again today!

I like this year's Toronto Raptors team. I think Nick Nurse has done a fantastic job of coaching up his younger players, and have thoroughly enjoyed watching Scottie Barnes take the league by storm this year. However, I'm unsure if I would back them to defeat a Charlotte Hornets team that has been one of the most enjoyable units to watch this year thanks to their insane pace and high-scoring abilities. These two teams have played each other twice already this season, and have split the spoils, with each unit taking a win apiece. Of course, that doesn't help us much, and neither does the fact both of these teams are coming off a week-long break. Gordon Hayward continues to be a big miss for the Hornets, who will also be sweating on the availability of Jalen McDaniels. However, LaMelo Ball and co. are all healthy and will be confident in covering for their star wing while he continues to recover from an ankle sprain. Toronto only has one serious injury worry, and that's star guard Fred VanVleet, who is questionable to play tonight due to knee soreness - but after a week of rest, I would assume he features in this contest. Overall, I think the Raptors are the more balanced team but may struggle to keep pace with the Hornets and that could prove fatal in this contest. As such, I'm giving the Raptors a +7 spread, because while I'm not sure if Toronto will win, I am sure this game will not be a blow-out.

Nothing is going right for the New York Knicks - it feels like I've written that a million times this season. But, unfortunately, that sentence continues to ring true, and Kemba Walker is a shining light of the Knicks' troubles this season, with the news that he won't be suiting up again this year - which probably means we've seen the last of him in a Knicks uniform. There's infighting going on between the front office and head coach, and Julius Randle, so often lauded last season, looks a shadow of his former self. Now, to pile the pressure on further, the Knicks are tasked with facing the Miami Heat tonight, and that's never an easy task. Miami has been struggling with injuries for the best part of the season and has seldom been able to call upon their ideal starting five. However, judging by their injury report to start the day, the Heat looks like they're finally close to full strength, and that makes them big favorites for tonight's contest. The Knicks may be well-drilled, but they're not executing like it, and with RJ Barrett, Derrick Rose, and Nerlens Noel all questionable to start the day, I can't see how they're going to contain Kyle Lowry and co. for a full 48 minutes. As such, I'm backing the Hea to walk away from tonight's game with a W, but will give the Knicks a lifeline with a +9-point head start - let's hope that's enough to get us through the second leg of this parlay.

Our final game sees the Minnesota Timberwolves take on the Philadelphia 76ers, and this is a game all neutral fans should have circled on their calendar. Not only do we get a Karl Anthony-Towns vs. Joel Embiid matchup, but we also get to witness the debut of James Harden, and I for one, am excited about that. The Timberwolves' task is made slightly harder as they're on the second night of a back-to-back, while the Sixers have had a week's rest and will be fresh as a daisy come tipoff time. Sure, Minnesota won their game against the Grizzlies last night, but tired legs will certainly play a part in any potential outcome. At the time of writing, the Timberwolves have not released their injury report, but as nobody sustained an on-court injury last night (as far as I'm aware) we can expect to see a similar lineup from them. The Sixers are at 100% capacity in terms of health and will look to kick off their final stretch of the season with a statement win - and with a pick-and-roll tandem of Harden and Embiid, I am fully expecting them to do so. There's something about this new look Sixers rotation that has me excited, and I think the Timberwolves are the sacrificial lamb in this equation, so as you would expect, I'm backing Philadelphia. Of course, I'm always one to hedge my bets, which is why I'm giving the Timberwolves a +8-point head start tonight, which I think should give us a great shot of completing this parlay.

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Phoenix Suns vs. New Orleans Pelicans Same-Game Parlay

  • Phoenix Suns Money Line
  • Over 225 Total Points

Odds: +155 (Bet $100 to win $225)

Zion Williamson has been the center of media focus in recent days, with reports speculating his lack of commitment to the New Orleans Pelicans. Do those reports affect the Pelicans in the immediate? Probably not, but do they hurt the team morale? Definitely. This is your franchise cornerstone player, and if he's not invested, then who is? The reason I say this is because the Pelicans have been poor this year - a regression from the promising progress we saw from them last season, so hearing Zion might not be long for the team is only going to lower the mood around the team further. But, to throw another spanner in the works, the Pelicans are tasked with facing the Phoenix Suns tonight, and that's going to be a one-sided affair. Even with the addition of CJ McCollum, the Pelicans lack the strength in depth to deal with a potential onslaught from the likes of Chris Paul and Devin Booker. At the time of writing this, the Suns have yet to release their injury report, so maybe the Pelicans will get some form of reprieve there, but I wouldn't bank on it. I can't look past the Suns for this game, there's simply too much disfunction in New Orleans for it not to affect the playing staff. That's why the money line made the most sense for tonight's matchup between the two Western Conference teams, and I'm super confident the Suns see this one through.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers Same-Game Parlay

  • Los Angeles Clippers +8
  • Over 222 Total Points

Odds: +144 (Bet $100 to win $144)

Ahh, yes, more disfunction! It seems to be going around these days! The Los Angeles Lakers have had the season from hell, and it doesn't look like it's going to get better anytime soon. Russell Westbrook looks a shadow of his former self, Anthony Davis can't stay healthy, and LeBron James is locked in a power struggle with Rob Pelinka, and to make matters worse, the team has a losing record. Sure, the Los Angeles Clippers have struggled this season too, but they knew this wasn't their year once Kawhi Leonard was ruled out for the season, so they deserve credit for how they've gone about their business. So, now we have the battle of LA, where both teams have been underwhelming for totally different reasons, and somehow we have to select a winner. Well, despite the disfunction within the Lakers organization, the team usually gets fired up for battling their nearest rival, and LeBron has been exceptional this season from a statistical output standpoint - so I tend to lean towards the Lakers figuring it out, even if it's just for this one game. Norman Powell is going to be a big miss for the Clippers, but that will be offset by Davis and Avery Bradley being out of tonight's game for the Lakers. Honestly, this is the toughest game to call of the day, but I still think you have to bank on LeBron to some extent, especially when playing a team missing three of its best players. I'm going to give the Clippers a +8-point spread, because, with this Lakers team, there's always a chance things go wrong, and we want to be able to capitalize on that opportunity should it arise.

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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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