There are plenty of money-making opportunities around the NBA tonight, and instead of dealing with spreads and going for super odds, we’re taking three teams that should win. Read on for our NBA Parlay Picks.
Thursday’s NBA slate offers a great chance to cash in as three teams head into matchups with some sort of advantage, and one club is a huge underdog.
Here’s a look at my top NBA parlay picks for Thursday’s action (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook, and pick confidence is based on a one-to-five star scale).
Thursday’s Top NBA Parlay Picks
Milwaukee Bucks (-115) vs. Golden State Warriors ★★★
Brooklyn Nets (-235) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder ★★★★
Denver Nuggets (-600) vs. Portland Trail Blazers ★★★★★
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Top NBA Parlay Picks
We’ll begin with the game of the night, which is essentially a pick ‘em, and then slowly eliminate the risk on this parlay.
There are a lot of reasons to love the Bucks here, but the biggest is Draymond Green sitting out. The Warriors big man is likely going to miss this game, which has probably led to the line swinging toward the home Bucks.
Milwaukee has been struggling against the spread this year, but it's 16-16 ATS as the favorite and 23-9 straight up when laying points. The Bucks are among the top three in pace over the last two weeks, and their ability to push the tempo of this game should really make the Warriors uncomfortable, as Golden State likes to slow things down.
Additionally, there are serious concerns about Golden State's rim protection against Giannis Antetokounmpo without Green. The Warriors' offense has been slumping, too.
The Dubs should struggle just about everywhere without Green, and they deserve to be underdogs.
The Nets will be on the second night of back-to-back games, and they've played poorly in that situation. But there are a lot of reasons to like them tonight.
Brooklyn is simply a different team with Kyrie Irving on the floor, which we saw during Wednesday’s win over the mighty Bulls. The club should be plenty capable of torching the Thunder's defense. Oklahoma City has also posted a -6.6 net rating over the past two weeks.
The Nets have been in love with inside scoring all season, and they can exploit a serious mismatch. The Thunder's frontcourt doesn't defend well or rebound in the post, and it's missing Aleksej Pokusevski. This should be a free leg.
Speaking of free legs, here come the Nuggets. Portland is missing Larry Nance Jr. and Cody Zeller in its frontcourt, which means the Trail Blazers should be toast against Nikola Jokic. They’ll be down to Trendon Watford and Jusuf Nurkic down low.
It doesn’t get any better for Portland at guard. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum remain out, and Anfernee Simons and Norman Powell will join them.
The Nuggets have been a top-five team in defensive rating over the last two weeks, and they've done well to recover after dealing with a slew of injuries earlier in the season. Nurkic’s defense is weak and the Trail Blazers lack depth, making it hard to envision another outcome here.
NBA parlay picks made 1/13/2022 at 3:17 p.m. ET.