NBA Parlay Bets | Today’s Games 1/17/20

Parlay bets are a great way to switch up your sports betting and combine a few betting picks together to bump up your payout. In this article, we’ll provide you with our top NBA parlay bets for Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. We study the odds, the betting lines, and the teams, and to give you our recommended parlay bets.

NBA Parlay Bets Today

The following three NBA parlay picks offer a low, medium, or high payout. Our low payout parlays try to minimize risk and odds start near +200 or higher in an effort to double our stake. Likewise, our medium and high payout parlays offer higher payouts with higher odds, but higher odds mean a smaller chance of winning.

In other words, are you after the big payout or more consistent wins?

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Low-Risk Parlay Wager

Parlay Odds: +296
$20 risk: $59.14 payout

This NBA parlay bet focuses on winning your stake back and then some. This parlay is for the bettor who prefers low risk/low yield parlay bets. Remember the saying “slow and steady wins the race?” Well, this parlay bet won’t set the world alight, but it’s your best chance of beating the NJ sportsbooks.

7:00 p.m. EST – Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers (ML: -320)

The 76ers have been much better at home (19-2 SU) than on the road (7-14 SU). Therefore, we’ll just keep it simple and pick them to win outright, especially with Joel Embiid still out of the lineup. The Bulls are 2-6-1 ATS over the last nine games, coming off a game where it was close most of the way against the Wizards. Chicago has played a lot of games over the last few days and have another one at home tomorrow night against the Cavs. This should be an easy spot for the 76ers to just win and move on to New York tomorrow.

8:00 p.m. EST – Cleveland Cavaliers at Memphis Grizzlies (ML: -350)

This will be the highest spread of the season for the Grizzlies at -8, and it comes with good reasoning. They have won/covered each of the last six games and even had two days full days of rest coming into tonight. Meanwhile, the Cavs are on the fifth leg of their six-game road trip and have to travel to Chicago for a game on Saturday. Just in terms of travel, this seems like a major mismatch but it’s also worth noting that the Grizzlies are 5-2 SU/ATS as a favorite this season.

7:00 p.m. EST Minnesota Timberwolves at Indiana Pacers (ML: -390)

These two teams just played each other on Wednesday, with the Pacers winning 104-99. It’s very tough to beat a team twice in as many tries in the same week, so the T-Wolves getting 8.5 points usually wouldn’t be a terrible spot at all here. However, the T-Wolves just traded Jeff Teague and Treveon Graham yesterday and that leaves their roster a bit thin for tonight. Karl Anthony Towns is finally over his knee injury but illness is what’s still keeping him off the court. Things could be different for Minnesota if he makes it into the lineup. However, T-Wolves’ brass doesn’t appear to be in any rush to get him back out there.

8:00 p.m. EST – Miami Heat at Oklahoma City Thunder (ML: -112)

Our favorite NBA trend-team burned us on Wednesday, but tonight is not the time to shy away from OKC. We’re getting a great squad that finally took their first overall loss when favored in the range of -1 to -4.5 – OKC is now 8-1 SU/ATS in that situation this season. It should be noted, though, that OKC was down 30 at one point in the first half and wound up making it a two-point game late. That let them know they’re not invincible and the late momentum is great news for tonight’s game. Plus, they’ll be facing a Heat team that is somewhat human on the road (10-11 SU) compared to at home (18-1). Tyler Herro is questionable for this game and his absence could certainly hurt Miami if he’s out.

Big Payout NBA Parlay Bet

Parlay Odds: +596 or +972
$20 risk: $119.16 -or- $194.30 payout

This parlay bet focuses on winning your stake back and then some. This NBA parlay bet is for the bettor who wants to take a chance, but also has the option to take a risk if they want. The first two totals are the same. However, you could take the Trail Blazers with the points or on the moneyline.

7:00 p.m. EST – Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors – Over 229

There are great trends for the total going over for both teams in this matchup, so let’s take advantage of them. This mostly has to do with the Raptors as an above-average favorite (-6.5 to -12.5) and the Wizards as a double-digit underdog. In those scenarios, Toronto games have gone over the total eight times out of 10 while Washington games have done the same in five times out of seven. Not to mention, the two teams played a little under a month ago and the final score went 10 points over the 230 total.

8:30 p.m. EST – Atlanta Hawks at San Antonio Spurs – Over 229

The Spurs haven’t been good when heavily favored (-5.5 to -11.5) this season, posting a 5-3 SU/1-7 ATS record. Meanwhile, the Hawks are coming off a solid 13-point victory over the Suns with Trae Young back in the lineup. We could take a shot on Atlanta here but the better play is on the total going over. San Antonio is a much different team than in years past. Now, they’re actually speeding up the tempo to match their opponents, as opposed to slowing it down because of them. The 229-total isn’t a huge number to hit, considering Hawks’ games have gone over the total eight times out of nine when the number to hit was in between 226 and 235. In a similar range, Spurs’ games have gone over the total nine times out of 13 when the number was between 226 and 237.5.

9:30 p.m. EST – Portland Trail Blazers (+5.5 | ML: +194) at Dallas Mavericks

We’re giving you the option to take Portland with the +5.5 or on the moneyline at +194. The difference in payout is somewhat substantial, but the risk could certainly be worth it.

The Trail Blazers did the unthinkable in Houston on Wednesday and won their first game outright as an underdog of +3 or more. Now, they have a whopping 1-12 SU/3-10 ATS record in that scenario. As for the Mavericks, they’re returning home after road wins in consecutive days over the Warriors and Kings; that makes tonight their third game in four days. In fact, the Mavs are only 2-3-1 ATS over the last six home games.

Dallas has a solid 8-0 SU/7-1 ATS record when favored by -4.5 to -6.5 and that should be good enough to get the job done. However, there are other factors at play. For one, the Mavs’ -235 moneyline number is the second-lowest of any favorite on Friday’s slate – not a great sign. Second, Dallas has a massive three-day layoff after Friday’s game, so the chance of a letdown is certainly there – especially coming back home after a back-to-back set. Lastly, the Trail Blazers did a fantastic job on James Harden and it’ll be interesting to see if they can do the same against Luka Doncic. In the spirit of trying to make a bang for our buck on this big-payout parlay, we’ll take that chance.

Al Walsh
Al Walsh Chief Sports Writer