Sunday NBA three-team parlay (+746 odds): Warriors set to take it to the Lakers

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A failed high school pitcher, I have discovered that I have a higher aptitude for analyzing and writing about sports than I do playing them. To my friends, I am better known as "The Commish." When I am not organizing a fantasy league or writing an article, I am probably nose-deep in a book--further illustrating the point that my niche in this world is as a nerd rather than an athlete.

Missing football? Lucky for you, the NBA has a must-see slate of games on Sunday to satisfy your entertainment needs. The action begins with the Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks facing off on ABC at 3:30 p.m. in what could be an NBA Finals preview. The evening schedule is headlined by Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors who are taking on LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on ESPN, but all-stars, Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Julius Randle will also be in action. Be sure to check out our picks on the side and total for all of today’s matchups.

Here’s our three-team parlay for Sunday:

Milwaukee Bucks ML (-118)

Golden State Warriors ML (+154)

New York Knicks ML (-108)

Parlay odds: +746

For this parlay we like the Bucks to start the day with a win at home, and then we put our faith in three road teams to either cover or win outright during the evening’s action. Let’s break down each of the four legs.

Milwaukee Bucks ML over Los Angeles Clippers (-118)

In the last three years, the Milwaukee Bucks are 76-17 at home. They enter this Sunday afternoon affair having won four games in a row–three of those wins coming by a margin of 13 points or more. Giannis Antetokounmpo is looking more like his MVP-self as of late, averaging 31.3 points and 12.8 rebounds per game over his last 13 games. The Bucks are a deep-team on the offensive side of the ball with seven players averaging 9.7 or more points per game and eight players shooting better than 38 percent from long-range. The Clippers currently own the second-best record in the Western Conference, but are only 6-6 against teams with a winning record. Los Angeles is a mediocre defensive unit and is likely to get blitzed by a Bucks team that has the third-best offensive efficiency rating in basketball. Take Milwaukee to start your day on the right foot.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Los Angeles Clippers vs. Milwaukee Bucks.

Golden State Warriors ML over Los Angeles Lakers (+154)

Steph Curry and company are playing superb basketball this season, even without Klay Thompson in the lineup. They have been playing even better as of late–since they got James Wiseman and Kevon Looney back in the lineup after they were both out due to injuries. Since returning to the lineup, the Warriors are 3-0, having defeated the Knicks and Pacers on the road before easily handling the Charlotte Hornets at the Chase Center on Friday evening. Golden State’s lineup featuring Curry, Kelly Oubre, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, and Kevon Looney is one of the most lethal lineups in the NBA, and should be their starting five this evening. This lineup assisted on each of the Warriors first 12 field-goals on Friday night and has the potential to feast against a Lakers defense that is missing Anthony Davis. Golden State also has the third-best defensive efficiency in basketball, so even if they have an off shooting night, they should still find themselves with a chance to win this game.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers.

New York Knicks ML over Detroit Pistons (-108)

It is about time that sportsbooks and bettors stop thinking about the New York Knicks in the same way that they think about the bottom feeders of the Eastern Conference. Since acquiring Derrick Rose, New York is 6-3, averaging 110.8 points per game and holding their opponents to 105.3 points. Only the Jazz, Bucks, Clippers, and Suns have a per-game point-differential of 5.5 or better on the season. This is not to say that the Knicks are legitimate title contenders, but they certainly do not deserve to be a pick’em against the Detroit Pistons who own the worst record in the Eastern Conference. New York played poorly for most of their matchup last night against the Indiana Pacers and still emerged victorious. Expect a better showing tonight against a less-talented team, and another win which will put the Knicks above the .500 mark as we approach the All-Star break.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for New York Knicks vs. Detroit Pistons.

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