Welcome to the NBA Play-In Games Parlays and Best Bets guide.
The NBA regular season is officially in the books. Before we get to the postseason, there will first be play-in games to determine the seventh and eighth seeds for each conference.
The Eastern conference games will be Tuesday night, and the West will start their tournament on Wednesday. Looking to lump all the games together and bet a four-team parlay? Were rolling with these four teams Moneyline odds: Indiana, Washington, Memphis, and Los Angeles.
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Indiana Pacers -143 over Charlotte Hornets
The Pacers defensive strength is guarding the perimeter, owners of the 11th best three-point defense in the NBA team league. Charlottes offense lives and dies by the three-point shot. If the Hornets cant get that shot going, its going to be tough for them to come out on top over Indiana.
Beyond that, the Hornets are coming into this playoff tournament ice-cold. They’ve lost five straight games and are 3-7 in their last ten. Its a bad time to start piling up losses, with momentum a very real part of the league (we’ll touch on that again in a minute).
The Pacers have ramped up the offensive intensity of late.
NBA Play-In Games overview for the Indiana Pacers
They play faster than anyone in the league, and their offense has inched its way into the top-ten overall rankings. The Hornets defense comes in 20th in the NBA and is ill-equipped to slow down Domantas Sabonis or Caris Levert.
Well lean on the Pacers to win Tuesday night and get our parlay started right.
Washington Wizards -102 over Boston Celtics
Lets get back to momentum. Washington has it; Boston doesnt. There are not many teams that have won as much as the Wizards have in the past month – led by Bradley Beals nearly 32 points per game.
The Celtics have gotten hit hard by the injury bug, with many contributors absent from the lineup of late. No players absence hurts more than Jaylen Brown, who is out for the season.
Washington is playing better basketball, and well take that to the bank in this four-team parlay.
Memphis Grizzlies -161 over San Antonio Spurs
This is the easiest choice of them all. San Antonio is the worst team in the West play-in tournament, five games back from Memphis.
The Grizzlies are the number one team in the NBA at scoring points in the paint, while the Spurs rank 26th stopping it. Learn more about the NBA Parlays betting types and give yourself a higher chance of winning bets.
That’s an egregious difference we must follow through on. Add the Grizzlies to your parlay with confidence.
Los Angeles Lakers -200 over Golden State Warriors
The final leg of our four-team parlay is on the defending champion Lakers. It’s hard to study the numbers too much with a team like Los Angeles, as LeBron James and Anthony Davis have missed so much time.
They’re both back now and poised to make a run at defending their crown.
Steph Curry is great, but he’s not enough to take down the Lakers on his own. LA has the second-strongest perimeter defense in the league, suggesting they may be able to mitigate Curry’s long-range prowess.