NBA Picks: Thursday Night Parlay

Jordan Sharp

Thursday, January 3, 2013 1:49 PM GMT

Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 1:49 PM GMT

With only two matchups on the board, how can we find the best value for our NBA picks?


Although my parlays this season have been atrocious, my straight picks have been rather successful lately and through one third of the NBA season, we are making money with our individual NBA picks.

Tonight we try once again to cash in an NBA parlay for the Thursday night doubleheader, as we have a short NBA card for this evening. Only two games lined on the NBA card tonight, as the San Antonio Spurs head into New York to face the Knicks, followed by the Minnesota Timberwolves dropping in to face the Nuggets later in the evening. 

The NBA odds for tonight's games favor the Knicks in the early game by only a point, while the Nuggets are – 6.5 favorites against the Wolves. Even though my parlay cold streak is cause for concern, we are having too much success during the other nights to not hit a on Thursday sooner or later. 

Spurs vs. Knicks

The Spurs faced Milwaukee last night, where the two put on a scoring clinic. After winning the game 117–110, the Spurs had to hop on a plane and travel all the way to New York City for tonight’s showdown with the Knicks on national television. 

If the Spurs are able to recover from last night’s high-scoring affair, the banged up Knicks could be in trouble. It is still young in the season, and San Antonio should not have that much trouble recovering from a back to back. However, the flight from Milwaukee to New York is a long way, and for a team whose stars are all well into their 30s, it is cause for concern. 

Amare Stoudemire made his season debut for the Knicks on New Year's Day, and although he is yet to make a solid impact, his return is great news for a Knicks team that is starting to get banged up. Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, and Rasheed Wallace are all still out for the Knicks, while Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony are nicked up as well.

After coming off the back to back, I just don't think the Spurs are going to have enough to hold on in Madison Square Garden tonight. New York has been a little bit cold recently, but I think their three-point shooting is going to return very soon, and it could be tonight. The NBA betting lines are not telling us too much, as the spread is quite small, but I feel like the Knicks will ultimately win this game.

[gameodds]5/133573/19-43-999996-1096-198-238/us[/gameodds]

Wolves vs. Nuggets 

Tonight’s late game will feature the Wolves traveling to Denver to face off against the Nuggets, and Minnesota is another team that had to play on Wednesday night. The Wolves had to take on the Jazz in Utah, and among other things did not play well. I still consider the Nuggets as one of the top five teams in the Western Conference, and welcoming in a tired Minnesota Timberwolves should be a good win and cover for Denver playing at home. 

Teams coming off back to backs and having to play in Denver on the second night never seem to play well. The combination of the game and travel the night before, along with the altitude of Denver makes it very difficult for teams to recover and get a win on the road.

I'm just playing the odds with this pick but I have a strong hunch the Denver is going to get the win and cover in this game. The Nuggets have been playing exceptionally well as of late, and with Ricky Rubio missing this game as well for the Wolves, I really love the Nuggets here.

[gameodds]5/133574/19-43-999996-1096-198-238/us[/gameodds]

The Sharp Parlay: Knicks -1 & Nuggets -6 ½ 

1 unit that to pay out 2.64 units

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