Best NBA parlay picks today, Tuesday, 3/5 -- 3-leg parlay at mega (+1195) odds: Here's hoping Haliburton heats up

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The NBA week continues on Tuesday with a 9-game slate, and there is plenty of intrigue on offer. Headlining the schedule is a double-header on TNT that begins with the Boston Celtics paying a visit to the Cleveland Cavaliers before the Denver Nuggets host the Phoenix Suns. Philadelphia, Miami, New York, New Orleans and Dallas are also taking the court. 
Below is my mega parlay for Tuesday, and also be sure to check out all of our NBA picks. 

Celtics -10.5 alternate spread (+155)  
Knicks -2.5 (-110) 
Pacers ML (+166) 
NBA parlay odds: +1195 

For this parlay I am going with 2 favorites against the spread – 1 on an alternate number – and 1 underdog on the money line. Let’s break down each of the 3 legs. 
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Boston Celtics -10.5 alternate spread over Cleveland Cavaliers (+155)  

The Celtics simply cannot be stopped right now. They just beat the Warriors by 52 this past weekend and probably could have won by 70 if they had felt like it – and that was even with Kristaps Porzingis in street clothes. Boston is on an 11-game winning streak and sporting a Net Rating of 22.5 during this dominant run. They have also won 8 straight on the road. There is no real reason to think that anything will change tonight, as the Celtics are 14-6 SU in their last 20 against the Cavaliers. Moreover, Cleveland has been without Donovan Mitchell and will probably be missing him again on Tuesday. This team is a horrendous 1-8 ATS in its last 9 outings and 0-5 ATS in its last 5 at home. It’s hard to imagine another game of Celtics vs Warriors proportions, but this will likely be another blowout. 

New York Knicks -2.5 over Atlanta Hawks (-110) 

Atlanta in Madison Square Garden would normally be a show with Trae Young facing off against Julius Randle and other Knicks stars. However, Young is out for a month due to a finger injury and Knicks are missing Randle. Jalen Brunson is questionable with a knee issue. In a matchup between depleted teams, I think New York can take care of business even without Brunson. Much of that has to do with the opposition. The Hawks won their first 2 games without Young but promptly lost their next 2, both against Brooklyn – their closest challenger for the last spot in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament. Dejounte Murray is doing his best, but there isn’t enough firepower when Young is sidelined to inspire any confidence. Give me NY at home inside MSG. 
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Indiana Pacers ML over Dallas Mavericks (+166) 

If the Mavericks don’t get their act together, they could fall out of a top-8 spot in the Western Conference and be forced to go on the road in the play-in tournament. They have lost 2 in a row and 4 of their last 5 games. Adding insult to injury (or vice versa), Luka Doncic, Derrick Jones Jr. and Maxi Kleber are all day-to-day. Although Indiana has been playing mediocre basketball, Tyrese Haliburton and Pascal Siakam should be good enough on both ends of the floor to get the job done regardless of Doncic’s status. Haliburton has been ice cold of late, but the Pacers just destroyed Dallas 133-111 on February 25 and the star guard delivered 25 points and 13 rebounds. A rematch with the Mavericks may be exactly what the doctor ordered to get Haliburton back on track. 
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