Monday NBA four-team mega parlay (+3279 odds): Heat primed to light it up against Hornets

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The NBA continues with a tidy 10-game slate to kick start the new week, and we’ll be looking to take advantage of all the action by cashing a mega parlay. Make sure you also check out our picks on the side and total for every single one of those matchups by reading our full-game previews.

But for now, let’s lock into this four-team parlay for Monday, which includes three spread picks and one monster money line addition.

Miami Heat -6 (-110)

Houston Rockets -5 (-112)

Cleveland Cavaliers -4.5 (-110)

Portland Trail Blazers ML (+390)

Parlay odds: +3279

As you can see, I’ve gone with three solid spread favorites and then thrown in a mega underdog in Portland to give these odds a serious boost to nearly 33/1 with DraftKings. I think the Blazers are being massively underrated, and will explain why later. But for now, let’s break each of these down one by one.

Miami Heat -6 over Charlotte Hornets (-110)

Jimmy Butler finally made his return for Miami on Saturday night, and the Heat duly secured a 105-104 victory over Sacramento. Butler came back with a bang as he posted 30 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds, and he should propel them to another victory here. The Heat are still the defending Eastern Conference champions and should finally start to act like it with their talisman back in the lineup. Butler played 34 minutes in that game, and it looks as though there will be no minutes restriction for him. As for the Hornets, they have been below-average on offense and defense all season long, and it’s hard to see them having enough to beat the Heat on the road.

Be sure to also check out our full-game preview for Charlotte Hornets vs. Miami Heat.

Houston Rockets -5 over Oklahoma City Thunder (-112)

People were fearing the worst for Houston after James Harden left, but the Rockets have finally figured it out and are currently riding a five-game win streak. Victor Oladipo has adapted to his new team tremendously, and the return of Christian Wood should only bolster Houston’s firepower. The Thunder meanwhile are beginning to look like the team everyone expected them to be at the start of the season, and have seriously struggled on defense lately. With Oladipo putting up career-high numbers, back the Rockets to secure a comfortable win.

Be sure to also check out our full-game preview for Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder.

Cleveland Cavaliers -4.5 over Minnesota Timberwolves (-110)

Minnesota got the better of Cleveland yesterday, but I fully expect the Cavaliers to get their revenge tonight. Cleveland absolutely dominating the Timberwolves in the paint, winning the rebound count 55-34, with Andre Drummond racking up plenty of boards. The Cavs also outscored Minnesota 72-42 in the paint, with three-point shooting causing Cleveland’s downfall. The Timberwolves scored 16 from downtown — five more than their season average — and it’s hard to see them putting up those sorts of numbers again. Minnesota is just 1-7 on the road, and I think Cleveland gets their revenge.

Be sure to also check out our full-game preview for Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Cleveland Cavaliers.

Portland Trail Blazers ML over Milwaukee Bucks (+390)

This might be considered a bit of a reach, but I think there’s real value in Portland here. Milwaukee has seriously struggled for consistency and is a mediocre 11-8 this season. Two of those defeats were blowout losses to the Knicks and Pelicans, and crucially when they do win it is rarely comfortable — only two wins in the last three weeks have been by 10 points or more. I think Portland has the talent to stay competitive and spring the upset. Damian Lillard has looked phenomenal, averaging 35 points and 8.2 assists in his last six games, and Enes Kanter is also doing his part for the Blazers. Too much of Milwaukee’s price is based on their reputation rather than what they’ve been doing on the court, and at nearly 4/1, Portland is well worth adding to this parlay to really juice up the odds.

Be sure to also check out our full-game preview for Portland Trail Blazers vs. Milwaukee Bucks.

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