NBA Oklahoma City Thunder vs Phoenix Suns Same Game Parlay picks: Durant picks up the slack at +850 odds 

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A busy week in the NBA concludes with an 8-game slate on Sunday, which includes double-headers on both ABC and ESPN. The latter is capped off with the final game of the night, a showdown between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Phoenix Suns. 

Here is my Same Game Parlay for the festivities,
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Suns ML (+185) 
Jalen Williams to record 25+ points (+235) 
Nikola Jokic to record 30+ points (+145) 
Parlay odds: +850 

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Part of the value in a Same Game Parlay, of course, is that all of its components can be correlated if you so choose. At the same time, plays that aren’t correlated drive up the overall payout of the parlay. That is the entire plan here, as Jalen Williams pouring in a bunch of points obviously goes against a Phoenix win. But even if that happens, there is no reason why the Suns can’t get the job done. Let’s break down each of the 2 legs. 

Phoenix Suns ML (+185) 

Interestingly, dating back to Christmas all of the Thunder’s losses have come in pairs of 2. That’s right; for more than 2 months they have followed up an initial loss with another loss – but have never lost more than 2 in a row. If the trend continues, OKC is in line for another setback after falling at San Antonio on Thursday. Yes, this team actually lost to the Spurs. 
The Suns are playing the second leg of a back-to-back situation and will likely be without Devin Booker and Jusuf Nurkic, which is why they are lofty +185 underdogs. However, that gives the home team plenty of value. Plus the Suns have been outstanding in the second of back-to-back legs this season, winning more than twice as many games as they have lost in such instances. Kevin Durant and Bradley Beal are good enough to overcome the absences of Booker and Nurkic, so let’s roll with Phoenix. 
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Jalen Williams to record 25+ points (+235) 

Williams has been on an absolute roll of late. The Oklahoma City small forward averaged 22.3 points per game in February – his best monthly output of the season. He exceeded the 30-point mark twice and ended the month by scoring 22, 24 and 26 points. Asking him to score at least 25 on Sunday should not be too much, and getting it all the way up at +235 is without question a steal. 
It should also be noted that Williams delivered 31 points in the only previous head-to-head matchup between the Thunder and Suns in 2023-24 on November 12. The Santa Clara product shot 11-for-16 from the floor, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range, and made 6 of 8 free-throw attempts. Given his current form and his previous success against Phoenix, Williams should be in line for yet another big performance. 
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