Disclaimer: Every basketball parlay in this series is going to be a simple 4-legger. A 4-leg basketball parlay is RISKY so approach with caution and avoid tossing full unit bets on these picks.
This weekend was absolutely brutal with neither parlay coming through. That said, we’re onto another Monday and a fresh week ahead of us. There aren’t a ton of games tomorrow across the NBA and NCAA, but there’s enough to patch together a little parlay to help make the action fun.
Basketball Parlay of the Day
- Duke Blue Devils (-14) vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
- New York Knicks vs Charlotte Hornets – OVER 218
- Golden State Warriors (-9) vs Indiana Pacers
- TCU Horned Frogs vs Texas Tech Red Raiders (-4.5)
Duke Blue Devils vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish – 7:00pm ET
Duke once again hits leadoff on our parlay. Despite dropping their last game against the spread, it was simply a fluke showing and not indicative of this Duke team. Coming out incredibly flat in the 1st half, Duke turned on the jets in the 2nd half and left Georgia Tech in the dust.
The fact that the Blue Devils failed to come close to covering at home against Georgia Tech is definitely concerning, however the first half of that game they seemed to be re-adjusting to life with Tre Jones. Duke looked much more like themselves after the half and that is the team that we should be expecting to show up against the Irish.
Notre Dame is reeling right now, with 4 straight losses including a near 30 point blowout against Virginia. They love to play through veteran big man John Mooney, but don’t bring much of an offense to the party besides him. Mooney averages a strong 14.5/10 a game to go with a block per contest on the defensive side.
Notre Dame has been horrendous in conference play so far and been brutalized by some of the top teams in the ACC. That shouldn’t change tonight as they run into the most talented team in the nation. As long as the Blue Devils continue their strong play from the 2nd half against Georgia Tech, they should more than cover the spread.
Basketball Parlay Pick #1: Duke Blue Devils (-14)
New York Knicks vs Charlotte Hornets – 7:00pm ET
The Knicks have the art of tanking down to a T. Most nights, they play extremely competitive basketball the majority of the game, only to implode late and fall short. The Knicks haven’t won a game since January 4th against a banged up Lakers team and are trending towards a top 3 draft pick.
Rookies Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier have had their moments, but it is abundantly clear that the Knicks not only need Porzingis back, but another star player to run alongside him. Despite being a scrappy young bunch, most nights the Knicks are simply left in the dust when teams kick it up a notch in the 4th.
The Hornets have had a quietly decent campaign behind the unbelievable play of point guard Kemba Walker. Walker is having another brilliantly underrated year and singlehandedly carries the Hornets on most nights.
Rookie Miles Bridges has at times flashed his lottery pick potential and Malik Monk is having an improved sophomore year. However promising the two players may be, they both lack any form of consistency right now.
The Hornets and Knicks have met up twice before on the year and the point total in both far exceeded the 218 that the line is set for here. While the Knicks will most likely DNP Enes Kanter this time around, that alone shouldn’t be enough to keep these teams from combining to cover the 218 point spread.
Basketball Parlay Pick #2: OVER 218
Golden State Warriors vs Indiana Pacers – 7:00pm ET
With Boogie looking better and better in each game, the Warriors are looking more and more like an unbeatable team. Despite playing limited minutes, Boogie has posted double digit points in 3 of his 4 games while seamlessly blending in with the unselfish style of basketball the Warriors play.
Klay Thompson regaining his shot from deep also helps round out the Warriors. While teams always have to at last respect his shooting, when he’s knocking them down at a 50% clip (like he is this January), the warriors become unstoppable. More than that, Klay routinely locks up the opposing team’s premier guard and allows them to hide the lackluster defense of Steph Curry.
The Pacers were one of the feel-good stories in the league up until a few days ago. After losing Victor Oladipo for at least the season, expectations are significantly tempered around the Pacers. Most recently, they dropped an embarrassing game to the Grizzlies and highlighted just how much they missed Oladipo’s offense.
The Pacers play at a grinding pace already and will almost certainly double down on that in the absence of Oladipo. Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis will almost certainly have increased responsibility down low and the offense will likely flow through whichever of the two is on the court.
The Pacers are a team without their heart and soul right now and that should show through against the best team in the league. Unless you come out and execute a near perfect game plan against the Warriors, you get run out of the building. Without Oladipo to lead the way, expect a Warriors beatdown of an overmatched Pacers team.
Basketball Parlay Pick #3: Golden State Warriors (-9)
TCU Horned Frogs vs Texas Tech Red Raiders – 9:00pm ET
In our last matchup of the night, TCU takes on Texas Tech in what should be one of the most fun matchups of the evening across the NCAA.
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TCU has had a very solid year to date with the record to show for it. Despite their strong 15-4 record, they’ve struggled in conference play. With only a 3-3 record in Big 12 play, their only quality conference win came at home against Baylor.
Texas Tech is led by Jarrett Culver who has made a very solid case to cement himself as one of the best players in the nation. Texas Tech is an incredibly athletic bunch that plays a physical brand of defense and crashes the boards hard. The Red Raiders fight hard to get 2nd chance points and look to finish hard at the rim.
While Culver can shoot the ball, the rest of the team can go cold at times and Culver gets leaned on heavily to create down the stretch. That said, most nights Texas Tech can win scoring as little as 60 points on the back of their stellar defensive play. A large and athletic roster, the Red Raiders make life a living hell on opposing offenses and rarely allow open looks.
Oddsmakers seem to have TCU pegged fairly well as they are 15-1 as the favorite but 0-3 as the underdog. They’ve only covered the spread in 1 of 4 losses on the year and were blown out by the only other ranked team they’ve faced this year in Kansas. Look for those trends to continue as the Horned Frogs run into a defensive buzzsaw in Texas Tech.
Basketball Parlay Pick #4: Texas Tech Red Raiders (-4.5)
Total Payout: +1290
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