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Adam Taylor brings you some of the best parlay selections from Sunday's slate of NBA games

NBA Parlay Picks For Sunday: Celtics vs. Pacers, Suns vs. Jazz, And More

Sunday's NBA Parlay

  • Los Angeles Clippers Moneyline
  • Golden State Warriors Moneyline
  • Denver Nuggets Moneyline

Odds: +180 (Bet $100 to win $180)

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I'm not one for leaning on money-line bets when all the teams are fairly healthy, but just like yesterday, we have a ton of games where one team is the heavy favorite, so I think we have to capitalize on that while we can.

The first game in this three-legged parlay is between the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets. Jalen Green has vastly improved on the defensive end this season and is currently earning tons of plaudits for his rapid development, and while the Rockets are still struggling to win games, they will feel vindicated in their approach. The Clippers are also struggling without Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, but Terrance Mann has been developing nicely, and the acquisition of Robert Covington has improved their perimeter defense. Neither team enters tonight with any star power, but the Clippers do have the deeper roster, and neither team has any new injuries to note - however, Norman Powell continues to be a big loss for the Clippers. In terms of form, both teams are struggling to put wins on the board, but the Clippers have won 3 of their last 4 games while the Rockets have lost all of their last four contests. So, it's fair to say the Clippers are entering tonight's game with all the momentum. I do like some of the young guys on the Rockets roster, and Christian Wood is always a fun watch, but without Usman Garuba and potentially Kevin Porter Jr, the Rockets won't have enough to compete with the Clippers, making the money line the best course of action.

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Perhaps I'm failing to learn my lesson by backing the Golden State Warriors on the money line, as their form has seriously deteriorated since the holiday period, which just goes to highlight Draymond Green's importance to the roster. However, I would hope that Steve Kerr can figure out how to limit Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks in tonight's game, as the Warriors seriously need to get back on track after their hot start to the season. Neither team enters tonight's game with any new injuries to report, and both are in similar form. But, the Mavericks have improved their offense recently and sit second in offensive rating over the last two weeks, and when you couple that with their 6th ranked defense, they begin to look like a scary opponent. Golden State will be hoping for a big performance from Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson tonight, otherwise, they could find themselves in a heap of trouble. If this game worries you when picking an outright winner, the Dallas Mavericks at +7 is a solid option.

Finally, we have the Denver Nuggets facing off against the Portland Trail Blazers, and let's be real, there's only one team that should be winning this game. The Nuggets are coming off two straight wins against the Sacramento Kings and will be riding their momentum to another win tonight - or so I expect. The Portland Trail Blazers are in freefall, and is also dealing with somewhat of an injury crisis and will be without Eric Bledsoe, Joe Ingles, Lillard, Nassir Little, Jusuf Nurkic, and Justice Winslow - so their rotation will primarily be comprised of deep rotation players and two-way guys. I can't fathom how Portland can win tonight's game, especially considering how well Nikola Jokic and Monte Morris are playing. The money line was the only option that made sense here and I will be unapologetically be rooting for a blow-out once tip-off rolls around later on today.

Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers Same-Game Parlay

  • Indiana Pacers +9.5
  • Under 226 Points

Odds: +206 (Bet $100 to win $206)

Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers Line Movement

The Boston Celtics continue to find ways to win games and are doing so off the back of exceptional defense. On the second night of a back-to-back, the Celtics will be facing off against a struggling Indiana Pacers team and will feel very confident about adding to their rising win total.

Boston's job is made easier by the absence of Myles Turner, T.J. Warren, T.J. McConnell, Ricky Rubio, and possibly Chris Duarte - so, while Tyrese Haliburton has been fantastic since joining the team around the trade deadline, he's not capable of leading the line against arguably the best defensive team in the NBA. As such, we can expect Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum to get hot early and look to have the game entering garbage time by the start of the fourth quarter.

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The Pacers have lost 3 of their last 4 games, ranking 27th in defensive rating and 16 in offensive rating, there's no world in which they should be winning tonight's game, especially with the slew of injuries they're having to deal with. This is another game Boston is expected to win, and I will be surprised if the Pacers crack the 90-point mark.

Utah Jazz vs. Phoenix Suns Same-Game Parlay

  • Utah Jazz Money Line
  • Devin Booker Over 26.5 Points
  • Devin Booker Over 6.5 Assists

Odds: +505 (bet $100 to win $505)

Utah Jazz vs. Phoenix Suns Line Movement

We've tried to keep things safe so far, so why not end this list of parlays with a little long shot? The Phoenix Suns will be relying on Devin Booker to run the point in this game due to Chris Paul's absence with injury, and as such, will feature Booker heavily as both a scorer and playmaker.

So, both of our prop bets are going to rely on the Suns' star to come good and find ways to lead the line for his team. However, I'm expecting the Utah Jazz to edge this game in Paul's absence, especially since they're almost fully healthy and have their entire starting five available for this game.

The Suns, who have won three of their last four games will fight until the very end but may struggle to keep pace with the run-and-gun Jazz, as Paul, Cameron Payne, and Aaron Holiday being out means their depth at the guard positions is almost non-existent. Usually, when healthy, I would side with Phoenix over any team in the NBA - they're just that good. But, due to injury and the strength of the Jazz' roster, I'm siding with them to win this game outright and put a small dent in the Suns' momentum heading into the final stretch of the season.

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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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