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We’ve only got five games for this Thursday NBA slate, but there’s an intriguing matchup here in the first game of TNT’s doubleheader as the Houston Rockets host the Miami Heat. Miami has been a big disappointment on the heels of their NBA Finals run as they enter at 10-14, while the Rockets have played surprisingly well since trading away James Harden.

What better way to make this nationally televised showdown even more entertaining than by betting a same game parlay? We’ve also got thoughts on the side and total, which you can find out in our full game preview. If you’re new to same game parlays and want to find out more, be sure to check out our handy guide, which details how they work and which sportsbooks currently offer them.

Houston Rockets to win by 11+ (+550)

Jimmy Butler over 19.5 points (-106)

Kelly Olynyk under 10.5 points (-104)

Parlay odds: +2356

We’ve got a three-leg parlay here, one which pays out at almost 25/1 with FanDuel Sportsbook. We get a huge odds boost by combining the Rockets win margin with the over on Butler’s points, when I really don’t think they conflict too much. Allow me to explain:

Houston Rockets to win by 11+ (+550)

I’ve been higher than most on this Rockets team all year long, and even though they’ve lost a few games in the past week they’ve still been really good since the Harden trade overall. They’re 7-4 in their last 11 games, and some of those losses were while resting key players. They should be at full strength here with everybody on the court together. Five of their last six wins have come by at least 12 points, so they’re the kind of team I want to take on this alt spread.

The Heat are 4-7 in their last 11, and I think things have actually been worse than that record suggests. The four wins came against the Knicks twice, the Wizards, and the Kings. Yeah. Their three wins against New York and Sacramento also came by a combined nine points. Their offensive floor is as low as any team’s in the league, so they’re always a threat to lose by 11+.

Jimmy Butler over 19.5 points (-106)

We get a huge odds boost by combining this with a big Rockets win, when I don’t think it conflicts too much. The Heat actually often are at their best when Butler isn’t scoring all that much and is distributing more, so a big scoring game from him might not be great news for Miami. In their most recent game, Butler had 26 despite the team only scoring 96 as a whole. Butler has played in five Miami losses this season, and he’s scored at least 19 points in four of them.

The only one he didn’t was an extreme outlier game where he only played 27 minutes and didn’t make a field goal. Butler’s scoring is down a bit this year, but only because he’s shooting just 6.3 percent from downtown on limited attempts. Once he gets some positive shooting regression his scoring numbers will go back up, and he’s starting to get to the foul line a lot more recently.

Kelly Olynyk under 10.5 points (-104)

While Butler is due for some positive shooting regression, Olynyk is in an opposite boat. Olynyk is shooting 48.6 percent from three through five February games, and needless to say I don’t see that continuing. He only shot 32.7 percent from deep in a much larger January sample size. Also unlike Butler, Olynyk’s better scoring games seem to correlate very strongly with Heat wins, and vice versa. In seven of Miami’s last eight losses, Olynyk has scored nine points or fewer. As such, if the Rockets are going to win this game by 11+, I feel pretty good about the under on Olynyk cashing.


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