Top NBA Parlay Picks for the Weekend (Jan 21-22)

Posted by Peter Boysen on January 20, 2017 in

Looking to boost your winnings by scoring on a parlay win? We’ve looked at this weekend’s matchups in the NBA and come up with a pair of games on Saturday — an early start for the Portland Trail Blazers in Boston and an evening tilt between the Sacramento Kings and the Chicago Bulls in the Windy City. Let’s take a look at both of these games, and then make sure you check out our NBA lines and odds for all of the weekend’s action.

Top NBA Parlay Picks for the Weekend (Jan 21-22)

Portland at Boston (Saturday, January 21, 2017, 5:00pm ET)

The Boston Celtics (26-16) come in having won seven of nine, although their last game out saw a setback at home to the New York Knicks, 117-106. The Celtics did have some impressive wins in that stretch, though, including a 103-101 win in Atlanta. That loss to the Knicks was really their first “bad” loss since they lost to Detroit back on November 30. The Knicks were playing without both Joakim Noah and Kristaps Porzingis, so they used a small lineup — and still won the rebound battle by 24. Derrick Rose dropped 30 points on the Celtics and pulled down 10 boards. As guard Isaiah Thomas put it, the Knicks outworked the Celtics on both ends of the floor — and this was a night when Thomas led all scorers with 39 points. The big flaw for Boston is that they need another rebounder — and they need a rim defender. But their work ethic will certainly take a turn for the better when the next visitors take the floor on Saturday.

The Portland Trail Blazers (18-26) enter a Friday night game in Philadelphia riding a three-game losing streak, having fallen at home to Orlando and then in Washington (by 19) and Charlotte (by 22) to open an East Coast road swing. In Philadelphia they will find a Sixers team newly rejuvenated by the rise of Joel Embiid (who recently boasted that Philadelphia would scrap their way into the postseason despite a 4-18 start to the year). Then they have an early start in Boston. In their loss to the Charlotte Hornets, Portland let Kemba Walker get loose behind the arc, and he torched them for 23 points, including 4 for 8 from downtown, while the Trail Blazers went just 8 for 31 from downtown, as they lost their 16th game in 22nd tries since December 5. Given their recent slide — and the quick turnaround from Friday — expect Boston to win, and win handily.

Sacramento at Chicago (Saturday, January 21, 2017, 9:00pm ET)

The Sacramento Kings (16-25) come in having dropped eight out of their last ten games, finishing a seven-game homestand just 1-6. They face Memphis on the road on Friday night before seeing the Bulls the next night. Their most recent loss came against the Indiana Pacers, a 106-100 setback. The fact that forward Rudy Gay has suffered a full rupture of his left Achilles tendon just casts an even longer shadow over the rest of the Kings’ season. The loss to Indiana was particularly disheartening, though, because the Kings ran out to a 34-21 lead after one quarter, building a lead as big as 22 points before halftime, only to give up the loss late. Paul George led a rally that pushed Indiana to 35 points in the fourth quarter, holding the Kings to just 21. Despite a triple double from DeMarcus Cousins (25 points, 12 boards, 10 assists), the Kings look like they are ready for a big tailspin — and Memphis and Chicago may just be the next two setbacks.

The Chicago Bulls (21-22) have dropped four of six, including a 99-98 home loss to the Dallas Mavericks, but they are still showing more signs of life than the Kings. They delivered a big win in Memphis on Sunday night, and the Bulls need this win to shake the rumor that they can hang with the league’s elite — but then give up laughers against the league’s basement dwellers. After all, the Mavericks only have 15 wins on the season — but two of them have come against these Bulls. The keys include sticking with their defensive assignments, especially in crucial moments, and developing a more creative approach to offense late in the game, when they tend to run isolation sets for Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade. The dumpster fire that Sacramento has become should give the Bulls the opportunity they need to get on a winning path.