NBA Best Parlays of Week 21

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NBA Week 21

It is the final week of the NBA’s regular season and so therefore the final edition of our NBA parlays for this campaign. To stay safe out there one last time, we like the Knicks to go out and dominate as the home favorite the way they’ve done all season. We’ve paired them off with the Nuggets, who are getting a lovely spread. After that, we’ve got PJ Washington, the Joker, and the Dinos to go off in our big money mix it up treble parlay.

NBA Stay Safe Double Parlay

For the first NBA pick of the final stay safe double parlay of our 2020-2021 campaign we head to the legendary Madison Square Garden where the New York Knicks will be taking on the San Antonio Spurs. The Knicks are currently in a struggle to the death with the Atlanta Hawks and the Miami Heat for that coveted fourth seed, which gives you one round of home court advantage.

Home court may not mean a lot for some teams without the fans, but Tom Thibodeau’s Knicks have thrived in the empty MSG this season, putting up a 21-11-1 mark against the spread at home, third best in the association. They’ve been nearly unbeatable when they’re favored at home too, going an NBA-best 12-2 ATS when they’re expected to win in New York.

Another piece of the puzzle working for the Knicks is the fact that they are catching a Spurs team on a bit of a backslide, having lost seven of their past nine contests, including their most recent defeat at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. The Spurs have been half-decent playing on no rest this season, as any Gregg Popovich team would be, but the Knicks with a rest advantage is a different story.

New York, with its suffocating and physical style of play on both ends, can really wear teams down, especially when they’re coming off a game the night before. The Knickerbockers are a league-high 13-4-1 ATS this season when they’re taking on a team that’s had less rest than them. We’re going to roll with Thibs and the lads at a -4.5 NBA point spread offering solid -111 NBA odds as the first of our top picks here.

Another of our best bets for today is a surprisingly small spread for the Denver Nuggets as they visit the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center on Thursday night. The Nuggets haven’t been a great team against the spread this season and Anthony Edwards has been on quite a tear of late, but I have a feeling that Facundo Campazzo will be able to get under the youngster’s skin and frustrate him early.

Down low, the T-Wolves don’t have a prayer of stopping the presumptive 2021 NBA MVP, Nikola Jokic, who will be making swiss cheese, barbecue chicken, or whatever you want to call it, out of Naz Reid and Karl-Anthony Towns in the paint. There are a few guys, such as DeAndre Ayton, who have been able to put together a good defensive resume against the Joker, but KAT and Reid are nowhere near the same makeup as him.

The Nuggets are also coming into this one on a three-game losing streak ATS, which doesn’t happen too often to a team of their caliber. It has only happened five other times this season, and in the game following those skids the Nuggets have gone 4-1 ATS. One would think that Denver would also be showing a bit of urgency here as they try to snag that third seed, which is about a game out of their grasp as of this writing, currently in the possession of the Los Angeles Clippers. We like Denver to get by Minnesota and cover their -4.5 NBA point spread at decent -133 NBA odds and inch closer to the Clips in those Western Conference standings.

NBA Big Money Mix It Up Treble Parlay

To start off our final big money mix it up treble parlay of this shortened NBA campaign, we head to the Windy City, where the Bulls have only the very slightest of chances to catch the Washington Wizards for that 10th spot. They are currently 2.5 games back of the Wiz with three games left, so the math says they’re alive, but logic really doesn’t: one of Washington’s final two games is against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have the third-worst record in the NBA.

They’re still being favored by a hefty amount despite seemingly not having much more to play for than their Thursday night opponents, the Toronto Raptors. The Raps packed it in a while ago, and we’re unlikely to see their cour fore for the remainder of the season. What’s working in Toronto’s favor here for our NBA pick, is that the guys they’ll trot out there, while lacking some in talent, will more than make up for it with toughness and determination.

It also helps that the Bulls have been god awful at home at the United Center this season, going just 14-20 ATS in their own building. The Raptors have been one of the worst spread teams this season, but one of their two positive splits is their record as a road underdog, where they’ve gone 10-9 ATS. We’re gonna ride with the underdogs here and take Toronto’s +10.5 NBA point spread at solid -118 NBA odds as the first of the NBA picks in our treble.

The NBA pick that will serve as the meat of this final Thursday’s treble will be a player prop from the matchup between the Charlotte Hornets and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Hornets have been without rim rocker Miles Bridges for a few games now, and the youngster remains in the league’s health and safety protocols for the time being.

One of the players making major contributions in his absence is P.J. Washington, who has scored 16+ points in 10 of his past 13 games. He’s also played 30+ minutes in 10 straight games, which means that even if he struggles with his shot early, he will have tons of chances to get into a rhythm and meet his points prop. When playing 30-39 minutes this season, Washington has averaged 17.2 points, with 40+, he averages 16.3 per night.

Though Washington has failed to score 15 points or shoot 50 percent from the field in each of his past two contests, we like him to bounce back nicely against the Clippers at home, where the 22-year-old has averaged 14.8 points this season compared to just 11.7 per night when he’s on the road. We like Washington to bust through his 15.5 point prop and hit the over at decent -130 NBA odds as the second of our top picks here.

To top our treble parlay off we head back to the Target Center where Nikola Jokic is expected to have a big ol’ game against the lacking defense of the likes of Karl-Anthony Towns and Naz Reid. The Joker’s Denver Nuggets take on the dismal Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night, and we like the league’s next MVP to have another vintage MVP performance here.

Everyone is always raving about the big Serb’s passing gifts, which, to be fair, are quite eye-catching considering it’s a lumbering seven-footer that possesses them. However, since his sidekick, Jamal Murray, went down with a season-ending injury, it has been the Joker’s scoring ability, not his passing that has kept his team afloat in the Western Conference playoff picture.

And he’s not just kept them afloat, he’s actually led the Nuggets on a climb up the standings since the Blue Arrow’s injury. They have gone 10-4 in their past 14 games, and in that span Jokic has averaged 28.3 points per game, fifth best in the NBA during that time. Jokic has also been much more potent against Western Conference foes (28.0 points per game) than against the lesser Eastern Conference (24.3) so far this season.

We all love a good Joker full court lob, but it has been his work on the block and in the midrange that has been buoying his game of late, with a few rim-rocking runs thrown in there for good measure. We like Jokic to fly by his 27.5 points prop and hit his over at decent -120 NBA odds as the third and final of our NBA picks here.

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Alex is an alumnus of Ryerson University's RTA Sport Media program, a contributing NHL, NBA, and MLB writer in the BetPicks.ca team. He has been writing on sports, betting, and fantasy contests for several years, including pitstops as an NFL Editor for theScore and as one of the lead NBA news writers for fantasy sports site FantasyPros. As a lifelong athlete, bettor, and sports fan, Alex is uniquely qualified to help you reach the sports betting success that you've always dreamed of and your wife never believed you could achieve. Follow Alex on Twitter

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