NBA Picks & Parlay for April 22-23

Dane Terrell
Dane Terrell
NBA Sports News
NBA Picks & Parlay for April 22-23


  • Look for Embiid and Maxey to have 20+ point games against the Knicks
  • Jokic and the Nuggets should take a 2-0 stranglehold against the Lakers
  • Expect Lula Doncic to have a monster game against the Clippers and even the series

After game one of the 2024 NBA playoffs, we know that Jokic and the Nuggets are serious about repeating as NBA Champions, with the latest odds at +270 at Caesars Sportsbook. Nikola Jokic is in MVP form and remains the front-runner to claim another NBA Finals MVP trophy at +320 odds, according to marque bookies like Golden Nugget Sportsbook. The hopes of 76ers fans took a hit throughout the PA sports betting universe with a devastating Game 1 loss, where Embiid, yet again, is dealing with a knee injury. All this means it’s time to listen for Game 2 of NBA betting. So grab your sports betting apps and win the game before tip-off.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets Best Bet: Nuggets -7 | -110 at Caesars Sportsbook

If you’re reading this spread and over and underbet and doing a double take, it’s almost a mirror image of the winning stat line for the Nuggets in Game 1. To be honest, we see a near-repeat performance for Jokic and Murray. Speaking of Murray, a safe side prop bet is taking him to score over 24 points at -127 odds. Get a head start on your same-game parlay with Jokic adding a triple-double at +145 odds. We feel confident going with the Nuggets winning the moneyline bet at -305 odds.

Philadelphia 76ers vs New York Knicks Best Bet: Knicks -5.5 | -110 at BetMGM Sportsbook

There’s no denying that the world of sports betting in Pennsylvania took its lumps this past weekend with the Knicks snatching Game 1. Like Game 1, Game 2 is pretty much a toss-up at BetMGM Sportsbook and others. However, whether or not the 76ers can rebound and even the series depends on Embiid’s knee. Throughout his career, Embiid has had plaguing knee injuries, one this season that cost him the chance of winning back-to-back MVP awards.

Still, Philadelphia has been solid when it comes to winning the moneyline bet, winning just a shade under 50% of the time. Even if Embiid dominates the middle, he will need help and steady contributions from players like Tyrese Maxey. Scoring over more than twenty points this season, Maxey has come into his own, especially since Harden was traded to the Clippers before the season started.

Speaking of the Clippers, they shocked the Mavericks in Game 1, even without Kawahi Leonard. But look for Luka and the Mavs to rebound and fulfill the moneyline bet at -140 odds. But, if Maxey delivers the prop bet of scoring over 25 points at -105, look for this series to be tied at one apiece.

Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Best Bet: Celtics -14 | -112 at BetRivers

The stats speak for themselves at BetRivers Sportsbook. With the Heat possibly still without Jimmy Butler for a crucial Game 2, look for Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown to run wild over the Heat. Get a start on your same-game parlay with Brown scoring over 17.5 points at -278 odds. We see no reason to doubt the Celtics not making the spread bet, but for a safer wager, you can always go with the Celtics winning the moneyline bet at -1250 odds.

Dane is a 2003 graduate of San Francisco State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Radio and Television Broadcasting. During his college days, Dane interned for KRON 4 News, a major television station in the San Francisco Bay Area where he wrote sports copy for now-retired, and legendary sports broadcaster Gary Radnich. Post graduation, Dane kept writing and starting writing copy for the emerging iGaming industry. Dane also loves to write screenplays and loves to develop websites, with Laravel and React. And every know an then, Dane loves a peaceful train