NBA picks: 3-leg parlay (+1205) for Wednesday night
Alex Buck reveals his NBA predictions, picks, and parlays for Wednesday night, with three best bets.
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We are in the final week of the NBA regular season, and we know what that means, the regular season NBA free picks and parlays are coming to an end. So, with that in mind, let’s try and put together a standout NBA parlay tonight before we hit the postseason.
The Philadelphia 76ers came out with a statement win over the Boston Celtics last night, with MVP candidate Joel Embiid dropping 52 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in the game. Boston missed the opportunity to put the Sixers out of reach for the No. 2 seed, but a win tonight against the Toronto Raptors would all but wrap it up.
The Phoenix Suns stretched their streak to six with their win over the San Antonio Spurs and have pulled away from both the Golden State Warriors and the LA Clippers as the fourth seed in the West. The rest of the conference below them remains extremely tight, with just two wins between the fifth seed Warriors and the ninth seed Timberwolves.
Both the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder have now lost three games in a row, but the Utah Jazz have failed to capitalize on that at the bottom end of the West’s play in standings, having failed to win any of their last three games themselves.
With plenty on the line let's take a look at some of the most important games on tonight's schedule and make some NBA parlay picks.
Best NBA Parlay Picks Tonight – Wednesday, April 5th: 3-Leg Parlay Picks (+1205)
Raptors vs Celtics Prediction and Pick
The Celtics are going to be fired up for this one after a missed opportunity against the 76ers last night. Boston knows that they need to win this one to stay away from any risk of the Sixers catching them in the final two or three games of the year. Win tonight and they’re two games clear with two games to play.
In an ideal world, the Celtics don’t want the race for the second seed to go all the way to the last game of the season. So tonight, they have a major opportunity in the first of two home games against the Raptors.
Toronto come into the game having won five of their last six, including back-to-back 20-point wins over the Charlotte Hornets. Pascal Siakam had a double-double last night with 22 points and 14 rebounds against Charlotte, while Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby both played a role with 16 and 17 points respectively.
Jaylen Brown sat out against the Sixers with a back issue, but played against the Jazz at the weekend. His presence certainly makes a difference for the Celtics on both ends of the floor, and the Celtics will hope he’s good to go tonight.
The Celtics are in the top five in scoring through the last five games and through the entire season, while currently allowing some of the lowest opposition totals in recent games. They’ve kept their opponents under 100 three times in the last six, including the dramatic blowout win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
I’d expect to see the Celtics take care of business here at TD Garden, fired up after a close-fought loss against a conference rival last night. Pascal Siakam will give them some trouble inside, but the Celtics can limit opportunities for VanVleet and Anunoby and cover the spread at home.
Leg-1 Parlay Pick: Boston Celtics -5.5 (-105)
Kings vs Mavericks Prediction and Pick
The Dallas Mavericks and head coach Jason Kidd are in hot water right now, making a major splash trade before the deadline that has so far not panned out for whatever reason.
The arrival of Kyrie Irving was highly anticipated, forming one of the most talented backcourts in the NBA alongside Luka Doncic. However, since Kyrie’s arrival, Dallas has struggled tremendously, winning just one game in their last eight and crumbling to the 11th spot in the Western Conference.
Luka Doncic appears to be hating every minute of the Mavericks season at this point, with some fans anticipating he might want out. Others are blaming Kyrie and the so-called curse that supposedly follows him everywhere he goes. Whether you believe in curses or not, one thing is for certain, the Mavericks are bad right now, when they really shouldn’t be.
They’re getting beaten in rebounding, they don’t move the ball particularly well and often their offense depends too heavily on a one man show from either Luka or Kyrie.
The Sacramento Kings on the other hand are the Cinderella story of the NBA season thus far. Only the Milwaukee Bucks have scored more points per game through the last five, and they’re top three in assists and top five in steals.
The Kings have a wealth of players who can hurt you from the three-point line and have found a winning formula in building their roster around De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis. With six players averaging at least 10 points per game and proficient shooters scattered throughout the team, they pose a daunting challenge for any defensive opponent.
This matchup heavily favors the Kings on the road, who could effectively almost end the Mavericks hopes of making the play-in with a win. Given the Mavs' recent form, they are now facing elimination, and I'm favoring the Kings to emerge victorious on the moneyline.
The Mavs are not a great defensive team, and they don’t rebound well, two things the Kings can really punish you for. This is perhaps a bold call to take the moneyline in tonight's NBA parlays when the Kings are listed as a +5.5 underdog, but they were a four-point underdog against the Pelicans last time out, and beat them by 18 points.
Leg-2 Parlay Pick: Sacramento Kings Moneyline (+190)
Clippers vs Lakers Prediction and Pick
Speaking of teams in fine form right now, how about the L.A. Lakers? Lebron is back in the lineup, and the Lakers have won seven of their last eight including a current run of four wins ending in the overtime thriller against the Utah Jazz.
Since Lebron returned to the lineup five games ago, the Lakers are the league's third highest-scoring team while shooting a league-high 51.7 per cent field goal percentage. They’re getting to the free throw line more than every other team in the league bar the Thunder, and playing an aggressive high-tempo style of basketball that has the rest of the league paying attention with the playoffs approaching.
Tonight’s game sees the Lakers face the Clippers, who have lost their last two, meaning the two teams are now tied for the sixth spot in the West at 41 wins apiece. Whoever wins tonight claims control over that seed and it will then be up to them to surrender it in the final two games of the regular season. If they don’t, that winning team will earn a playoff spot while the other must navigate the play-in mini tournament.
The Clippers are without Paul George but have shot really well in recent games, with their own 51.6 per cent field goal percentage just 0.1 behind the Lakers and good for second in the league through the last five. The Clippers lead the league through that same stretch with an outstanding 45.4 per cent from three too, and will need every bit of that production to keep up with the Lakers tonight.
While the Clips might be performing well, the Lakers are steamrolling teams around the NBA right now, and their firepower outmatches the Clippers without Paul George. They will make a point of guarding Russell Westbrook, put Lebron on Kawhi and I have them winning what should be an epic showdown in downtown L.A. tonight.
Leg-3 Parlay Pick: Los Angeles Lakers Moneyline (+125)
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