NBA Parlay Picks For Saturday: Celtics vs. Pistons, Nets vs. Bucks, And More
NBA Parlay Picks For Saturday: Celtics vs. Pistons, Nets vs. Bucks, And More
Saturday's NBA Multi-Team Parlay
- Cleveland Cavaliers Moneyline
- Miami Heat Moneyline
- Milwaukee Bucks Moneyline
Odds: +116 (Bet $100 to win $116)
Today's slate of games gives us a ton of teams who are heavy favorites, so what better way to chase some profit than to run with money line parlays?
Our first game sees the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Washington Wizards, and injuries are going to play a part in this outcome. The Wizards are without Bradley Beal for the remainder of the season, and new addition Kristaps Prozingis is also likely to miss tonight's game, the Wizards are yet to release their injury report for today, so beyond their two stars, we're in the dark as to who else might not feature. The Cavaliers are also missing some guys, with Darius Garland, Rajon Rondo, Caris LeVert, and Collin Sexton all out with injury, but Evan Mobley, Lauri Markkanen, and Jarrett Allen are all healthy, so the team's intense defense will remain intact - and that's why they're out choice to come out of tonight's game with the W. When we look at styles of play, the picture as to why the Cavaliers are heavy favorites become clear. Beyond missing their two star players, the Wizards have struggled to put together a coherent offense and defense this season, ranking just 21st in offense and 23rd in defense. On the flip side, the Cavaliers are 20th in offense but counteract that with their 4th ranked defense. Simply put, both teams struggle scoring the ball, but one is elite at stopping the ball. With Washington's lack of elite talent and their current struggles, the Cavaliers deserve their title of favorites for tonight's clash.
Our next game sees the revitalized Miami Heat take on the San Antonio Spurs. The reason we're classing the Heat as revitalized is that their big three are all healthy again after months of injury issues. Now, Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler, and Bam Adedabyo are roaming the floor together, and Tyler Herro is doing his best to enter sixth-man-of-the-year discussions. Both teams enter tonight's game as the second night of a back-to-back, and both are coming off a win. But the San Antonio Spurs, despite the exceptional play of Dejounte Murray, isn't at the level of the Heat and will struggle to contain their movement and scoring ability. As such, we're backing Miami on the money line tonight, because when healthy, they're one of the best teams in the NBA. Neither team has released their injury report at the time of writing, so we will need to expect similar rotations to what we saw from them last night, which gives us a good enough picture to form an opinion. In terms of form, both the Heat and Spurs have won 3 of their last four, but with Miami's sudden health kick, we can't look too much into the offensive and defensive numbers as they will be misleading. While i enjoy the Spurs style of play and think they have all the ingredients to become a solid team in the next couple of years, I don't believe they're ready to go toe-to-toe with a fully healthy Heat team looking to make up ground in the standings.
Finally, we have the Milwaukee Bucks against the Brooklyn Nets. When this game was first added to the NBA schedule everybody would have been licking their lips, now, we all know it's going to be a cakewalk for the Bucks, and the Nets will be lucky to hang around beyond the third quarter. Until Kevin Durant and Ben Simmons are cleared to play, the Nets are operating with one arm tied behind their back, their only saving grace for tonight is that Kyrie Irving is cleared to play, which at least gives them one elite talent to lean on. For the Bucks, Brook Lopez and Pat Connaughton are both out, but their big three will be on the court from tip-off, and without Simmons or Durant to aid Irving, I expect Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo to run riot. After all, this is the same Nets team that went on a big-time losing streak leading up to the All-Star break and has to continued to drop games since the league resumed activity. Look, the Bucks struggled to begin the season for similar reasons to what the Nets are struggling now, and when they got healthy, they figured everything out - we expect Brooklyn to do the same. But that's not going to happen tonight, so we have no choice but to heavily favor Milwaukee heading into this game.
Boston Celtics vs. Detroit Pistons Same-Game Parlay
- Boston Celtics Moneyline
- Jayson Tatum Over 27.5 Points
- Jaylen Brown Under 3.5 Assists
Odds: +300 (Bet $100 to win $300)
The Detroit Pistons snapped the Celtics' nine-game win streak just before the All-Star break, courtesy of some smash-mouth basketball with Isaiah "beef stew" Stewart setting the tone. However, that victory came against a Celtics team that didn't have Marcus Smart or Robert Williams available - their best two defensive players. Tonight is a little bit different, as a full-strength Celtics team comes into this game looking to set the record straight, and with Jayson Tatum playing at an All-NBA level, they have every chance of doing just that. The Pistons have struggled for relevancy all season, as they wait on Cade Cunningham to acclimate to the NBA game, and while he's shown signs of becoming a franchise cornerstone, he's not there yet and doesn't have the supporting cast in place to help him dominate anyway. The Pistons have won just 14 games this year, and don't project to be in any position to defeat a full-strength Celtics team that is leading the league in defensive rating, in fact, they'll be lucky to sniff 100 points in this contest - better teams have tried and failed recently. With Smart back in the rotation, the Pistons won't be able to use their bully-ball tactics to the same effect either, which further weakens their chances of success. I expect Tatum to lead the charge with his scoring and playmaking skills, while Jaylen Brown will be sitting in the mid-twenties by the end of the game. I'm comfortably backing the Celtics tonight, and feel both player props are attainable and give us great value for money on this parlay.
Sacramento Kings vs. Denver Nuggets Same-Game Parlay
- Denver Nuggets Moneyline
- Domantas Sabonis Over 20.5 Points
- Domantas Sabonis Under 12.5 Rebounds
Odds: +342 (Bet $100 to win $342)
The Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets faced each other earlier this week, with the Nuggets walking away comfortable winners. I expect the same to happen tonight, neither team has had any good or bad news in terms of injuries, so we can expect both units to roll out similar rotations. During their last game, Domantas Sabonis killed our parlay by a single assist and while I expect him to feature heavily in a playmaking role for the Kings again tonight, I'm backing him on different props. Sabonis ended the last meeting between these two teams with 33 points - we're asking him to score 21 or more, and 14 rebounds - we're expecting that number to sit closer to 12 in this game as the Nuggets make adjustments to limit his effectiveness on the glass. From Denver's standpoint, Nikola Jokic will continue to dictate their offense and Aaron Gordon will face little resistance when slashing to the rim, but it's Will Barton and Monte Morris who hurt the Kings in the last game as they took advantage of the Kings' lack of perimeter defense outside of Davion Mitchell. I expect the Nuggets to make a few adjustments and hurt the Kings' poor defensive scheme again tonight. The money line seems like the only reasonable option, and with the level of confidence I have in this parlay, I can sit back and enjoy the big man battle between Sabonis and Jokic without having too many concerns about the outcome.
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.