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NBA Christmas Day Parlay Picks: Huge 4-Team Play A Slam Dunk

NBA Christmas Day Parlay Picks: Huge 4-Team Play A Slam Dunk

There’s no denying this will be an NBA Christmas Day like we’ve never seen before. With a record number of players in health and safety protocols, we may not know what lineups look like until right before tipoff. But we do know that games will be played, and that means NBA betting with spreads, totals and moneylines.

There’s money to be made on the five games and 12 hours of hoops after you’re done opening your gifts, which is why we scoured the NBA odds and put together our favorite NBA Christmas Day parlay. Our choice this holiday season: Lakers ATS, Warriors ATS, Bucks-Celtics under and Hawks ML.

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Lakers ATS, Warriors ATS, Bucks-Celtics Under, Knicks ML +1012 at BetMGM
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Leg 1: Lakers ATS over Nets

It’s been a rough go for LeBron James and the Lakers, who will enter Christmas Day hovering around .500. They’ll be the hosts on Christmas, and they’ll be hoping to rewrite the script on how they’ve performed at Staples Center thus far (5-10 ATS). But Brooklyn has had three consecutive games postponed due to a lack of healthy players, meaning they’ll have had an entire week off when they take the floor on Christmas Day.

That means they’ll be rusty, not rested. It’s unknown whether James Harden will have cleared COVID protocols, and Kevin Durant is nursing an ankle injury. It’s musical chairs in the Nets locker room, and the Lakers will take advantage even without Anthony Davis.


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Leg 2: Warriors ATS over Suns

It’s the Suns who own the league’s longest win streak this season (18 games), but it was also the Warriors who ended that run. These teams enter Christmas Day having played nearly identical basketball in December, with the Suns getting a slight advantage on betting sites because they are playing at home.

But we love Steph Curry and the Dubs getting points in this spot. Phoenix earned an 8-point victory last time it squared off against Golden State, but Steph gets his revenge on Christmas Day. We might consider flirting with the moneyline odds available on betting apps, but the safe play is to take the points in a game that could come down to the last few possessions.

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Leg 3: Bucks-Celtics Under

It’s the second highest total of Christmas Day (Lakers-Nets is 237.5) at sportsbooks, but we like the Under here. The game could feature two of the game’s best scorers in Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jayson Tatum, but these offenses have been shells of their last year selves in 2022.

The Bucks are flirting with top-10 status, while the Celtics are No. 21 in offensive efficiency. Meanwhile, the Bucks defense has vaulted into the top-10 and the Celtics sit at No. 12. Despite plenty of great scorers here, this one goes Under.

Leg 4: Knicks ML vs. Hawks

The Hawks have serious COVID protocol concerns right now, and that’s good news for a Knicks team that could use a victory at home. They earned a victory over the Pistons on Tuesday at MSG but had lost the previous five before that.

Even if the Hawks can get guys like Trae Young or Clint Capela back in the lineup, this is a team the Knicks should be able to take advantage of with ease. A team dealing with health and safety protocols and traveling at the same time is a recipe for disaster. Take advantage with a bet on the Knicks.

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About the Author

Mark Strotman for Bookies.com
Mark Strotman
Mark is a veteran sports betting journalist who has covered the Bulls and the NBA since 2012. His work has appeared on ESPN.com, FoxSports.com, The Chicago Tribune and Yahoo Sports. He regularly provides NBA betting picks, as well as in-depth sportsbook reviews and the latest promo codes for all the major sports gambling operators, including Caesars Sportsbook, BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel and more.