Let’s go simple with our NBA weekend picks in the NBA with a couple of moneyline bets plus another high-scoring night for the Pacers. Mix them all up for a big victory. We lock in on the Magic who are riding a franchise-best nine game winning streak, and the New Orleans Pelicans who are getting healthy – and hot – at the right time. Plus, Pacers over? Of course!
NBA Picks & Parlay of the Weekend | December 2
Orlando Magic at Brooklyn Nets
This is a great spot to ride a moneyline pick on the Magic. Orlando has won a franchise-best nine games in a row. They’re the team Michigan sports bettors hoped the Pistons won be this year. After a 34-win season last year, Orlando is 14-5 and in first place in the Southeast Division.
The Magic are riding the double threat of big men Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner. Banchero is putting up 19.5 points a night, Wagner 20.7.
Ok, but now the negatives. The Nets were the last team to beat the Magic back on Nov. 14, and this is the second game of a back-to-back for the Magic. Brooklyn has won seven of the last 10 between the two and just got Cam Thomas back from an injury. But the Nets are still missing Ben Simmons and Lonnie Walker IV.
Take the Magic. Orlando has plenty of motivation to beat the Nets and set a new franchise record win streak.
Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat
This total seems so low I double checked it.
This is a different type of back-to-back, these two teams played Thursday night with the Heat winning 142-132, going way over the total at BetMGM.
They’ll do it again. Indiana is a whopping 15-2 over/under this season. Eight different Pacers are averaging double digits. The Pacers are averaging 127.9 points this season, which would be an NBA record.
Defense? Not so much. Indiana ranks last in the NBA, giving up 125.7.
Miami does have a defensive identity, and they’ll be missing Bam Adebayo who reinjured his hip Thursday night, but NBA players love to run and score. Defense doesn’t get big contracts you know. Jimmy Butler had 36 points Thursday night. He can match that.
The Pacers and the over has been the best bet in the NBA. No reason to stop now.
New Orleans Pelicans at Chicago Bulls
The Bulls just lost their top two scorers. Zach LaVine will miss a week with a foot injury and DeMar DeRozan is questionable with an injury. Nikola Vucevic had a season high 29 in an OT win over the Bucks Thursday night.
This is the second game in two nights for the Pelicans who beat the Spurs at home Friday. New Orleans is 11-9 and has won eight of their last 10. They’re getting healthy at the right time. Trey Murphy III returned to the court Friday after missing the first 19 games with a torn meniscus. CJ McCollum is also back after a collapsed lung. The Pels still have Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram. When healthy, they are one of the best teams in the NBA.
New Orleans is also favored by a handful of points. Traveling and playing the same day is a little concern, but the Pelicans are just better than a depleted Bulls squad.
Born and raised in Louisiana, Darren Cooper has a fond appreciation for bayous, Mardi Gras beads and the sports betting industry. Darren has worked for multiple print and online publications since 1998, primarily as a sports columnist in the Northeast. He’s covered a Super Bowl (it was a blowout), the World Series (same) and the NBA Draft (man, those guys are tall). For the last few years he’s dug deep into the sports gambling industry as it exploded across America, learning how the legal sausage is made and how while all the sportsbooks look the same, they all have different identities and styles. He’s learned to always bet within his means -- and take the under. When not in front of his computer creating, Darren spends time with his three boys. He runs, reads and is always looking for the next big thing to write about.