NBA Picks: Thursday NBA Parlay

Steven Suarez

Thursday, February 28, 2013 3:52 PM GMT

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 3:52 PM GMT

Only three games are on tap for tonight, so we're going to have to be extra careful with our NBA picks and parlay selection. Here are two out of Los Angeles.

Let's see what the NBA odds are looking like for these two games.

Los Angeles vs. Indiana

Two nights after crushing Charlotte at home, the Clippers take the show on the road when they pay a visit to a red-hot Indiana team.

Looking over the betting odds, we see the spread at a pick'em and the total is at 189.5. The home team in the series has gone 6-0 ATS in the last six head-to-head meetings, while the UNDER is 11-3-1 in the last 15 head-to-head meetings.

As deep as the Clippers are, they're going to miss Eric Bledsoe tonight. Bledsoe is dealing with a calf injury and sat out in the win over the Bobcats.

On the other side, Roy Hibbert is suspended for Indiana, and while that's obviously a big loss defensively, the Pacers have both Ian Mahinmi and Tyler Hansbrough, who have both proven they can be effective when given more time. On paper, this just seems to be a good matchup for the Pacers. David West's toughness inside will come in handy against Blake Griffin, while Paul George, Danny Granger, George Hill and Lance Stephenson are all very athletic and can get it done on both ends of the court.

We never like going against the Clippers, but the Pacers are on a mission right now and have been nearly unstoppable at home. They're 25-4 SU and 19-10 ATS at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Over their last five, Indiana has averaged 107.6 PPG offensively and allowed just 83.3 PPG. The Clippers have been scoring at a good clip (106.8 PPG) during their past five, but their defensive intensity (98.2 PPG) has fallen off.

L.A. looked terrific against Charlotte, but Indiana is on a completely different level. We think the Pacers will protect their home-court this evening for our first of these two NBA picks of our parlay.

NBA Picks: Indiana Pacers PK

[gameodds]5/219645/43/us[/gameodds]

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. L.A. Lakers

It's been a season to forget for the Lakers, but they're still the right side tonight in our estimation. As of now they're laying 10 points to Ricky Rubio and the Timberwolves.

Minnesota has been killed by injuries this season and the results are right in line with what you'd expect. They're 20-34 SU on the season, while going 24-28-2 ATS.

The Timberwolves have been especially bad recently, going a terrible 3-14 SU over their last 17. Their only wins came over New Orleans, Cleveland and Philadelphia, so it's been an awfully long while since they beat a good team.

L.A. may not exactly be a good team -at least right now- but they have the talent to beat the Timberwolves pretty easily tonight.

Nikola Pekovic has been a beast inside for Minnesota, but Dwight Howard's length could be bothersome here. Then there's the fact Andrei Kirilenko will not play because of a calf strain. Kirilenko has been a calming presence for the Timberwolves and it's going to hurt not having him out there. Meanwhile, you know Kobe is going to get his as always.

Minnesota is just 3-7-1 ATS over their previous 11 road contests and has recorded a 0-5-1 ATS mark in their past six road games against teams with winning home records.

Conversely, the Lakers have responded well after losses lately, at least against the number. They're 4-1 ATS over their last five following straight up defeats and they've also covered in four of their last five matchups against the Timberwolves. With much more to play for, we believe L.A. will be able to cover the large number here.

NBA Picks: L.A. Lakers -10 

[gameodds]5/219647/43/us[/gameodds]

NBA Parlay Picks: Pacers PK and Lakers -10 at Pinnacle
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