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 Saturday, Jan. 4. We study the odds, the betting lines, and the teams, and to give you our recommended parlay bets.
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
$20 risk: $57.60 payout (+188 odds)
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.
Utah Jazz ML (-143) at Orlando Magic
When listed as an underdog of +2.5 to +6 this season, the Magic have an awful 1-9 SU/1-8-1 ATS record. Making matters worse, they’ll be playing on the back-end of a B2B against a Jazz team that has won four straight and nine of the last 10. Granted, the Magic had a big game last night but the losses of guys like Jonathan Issac and Michael Carter-Williams are going to hurt them long term. Plus, Aaron Gordon was questionable leading up to last night’s game with Achilles soreness. You have to wonder if the Magic will put him back out there for the second game in as many nights. If Orlando is without Gordon, it can kiss its chances of winning goodbye tonight. As a home underdog this season, the Magic are 2-4-1 ATs.
Indiana Pacers ML (-250) at Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks are 0-7 SU/1-6 ATS on the back-end of back-to-back games this season while allowing an average of 125.1 PPG. Making matters a bit worse, Hawks F John Collins exited Friday’s game with a back injury and it’d be a surprise if he plays tonight. His absence will matter a lot, especially since this team already has the third-worst defensive efficiency in the NBA. The Pacers have been well-balanced team with seven players averaging at least 10 PPG over the last 10. When playing on normal rest (one day), Indy has a solid 14-7-1 ATS record and 16-7 ATS record against non-divisional opponents.
Denver Nuggets ML (-480) at Washington Wizards
The 10.5-point spread could be a lot to cover for the Nuggets, even against a Wizards team that just played last night. Bradley Beal missed last night’s game with lower-leg soreness while Davis Bertans did as well. There’s no word on whether either will play tonight yet, but their availability would make things better for the Wizards. Since we’re taking the Nuggets in a parlay, the moneyline play won’t be as massive. Denver is 11-2 SU when favored by -7.5 or more and 5-6-2 ATS in that spot; they’re only 2-4 ATS when favored by double-digits.
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Medium-Risk Parlay Bet
$20 risk: $139.35 payout (+597 odds)
This parlay bet focuses on winning your stake back and then some. This NBA parlay bet is for the bettor who prefers an evenly balanced payout/risk ratio. The bettor who wants a decent payout, but is not reckless with their parlay picks.
Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls – Under 209.5 (-108)
This is a scenario where the Celtics could very well slow down the tempo. For one, Kemba Walker missed last night’s game with an illness and we’re not sure if he’ll be available tonight. If he misses the game, that certainly takes points away from a Boston offense that runs a slightly-below average pace. Not to mention, each of the last three Celtics games has gone under the total. A lot of that has to do with Boston’s defense, which is one of the best in the NBA. In all five games where the Bulls have been an underdog of +1 to +3, all of those games have gone under the total.
Charlotte Hornets at Dallas Mavericks – Over 216.5 (-112)
The Mavericks have only been favored by double-digits four times this season and covered the spread in three of those games. What’s even more interesting is that they’ve scored AT LEAST 141 points in the three covers. This 216.5-point total is one of the lower numbers we’ve seen for a Mavs game this season, but it’s right around par for the course with the Hornets. Knowing what we know about Dallas in these double-digit favored games, it shouldn’t take a lot for Charlotte to follow along.
San Antonio Spurs at Milwaukee Bucks – Over: 228.5 (-112)
In the past, we’d look at the Bucks and Spurs as defensively-minded teams. However, this season the two are racking up the points – Bucks: #1 with 119.4 PPG, Spurs: #6 with 113.1 PPG. The oddsmakers already tipped their hand on this game, as casual bettors will see this ridiculously high total with these two teams and jump all over the total going under. Milwaukee is running the fastest pace in the NBA and ranks in the Top-10 for most offensive categories, so that will force San Antonio to step its game up a notch.
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Big-Payout Parlay Bet
$20 risk: $258.15 (+1191 odds)
This NBA parlay bet focuses on maximizing your winnings. This NBA parlay bet is for the bettor who is looking for the big payout from the NJ sportsbooks. The higher odds mean beats but we’re shooting for the stars here! No one ever bragged they won $10 and as such, so this is for the bettor looking for the big parlay win.
Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets ML (-120)
The Nets will finally get a much-needed asset in Caris LeVert back to the lineup. And speaking of much needed, Brooklyn could really use a win and break its four-game losing streak. It’ll be good for the Nets getting back to Barclays Center, where they are 6-3 SU over the last nine home games. This could be the perfect opportunity, considering the Raptors are without key players like Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol and Norman Powell. Toronto has lost four of its last six games and lost five of its last six as an underdog.
Oklahoma City Thunder at Cleveland Cavaliers ML (+205)
It’s fascinating that the -5 number is very important to OKC. When favored at -4.5 or below, they are 7-0 SU/ATS; when favored at -5.5 or above, they are 4-2 SU/0-6 SU. Play down to your competition much? For whatever it’s worth, the Cavs have not only covered the two games they were 6.5-point underdogs, but they won those games outright. In addition, the Cavs are 5-2 ATS against non-conference opponents and have won each of their last three home games outright. At the end of the day, there are too many similarities for us not to take the chance on the moneyline here. Let’s go Cavs!
New Orleans Pelicans ML (+130) at Sacramento Kings
The Pelicans just played a tough battle with the Lakers last night, but these back-to-back games haven’t been a burden on them much this season. In fact, NOLA has a 4-2 SU/5-1 ATS record in such games and only one of them (@ LAC) was a huge blowout; they also nearly downed the Rockets on the road. This Pelicans team is actually playing good basketball, winning four straight and five of the previous six before last night. The Kings, on the other hand, just snapped an eight-game losing streak in their last game – a five-point win at home against the Grizzlies. It has also been a rough year for Sacramento as a home favorite, going 2-6 ATS in those eight games.