Same Game Parlays In Consideration For Wednesday’s NBA Play-in Contests

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The Hornets' LaMelo Ball factors into our Wednesday night NBA same game parlay analysis (Photo by Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire)

Bettors can find a wide array of wagers for the NBA Playoffs across sportsbooks, including same game parlays (SGPs). While sportsbooks price in a larger house edge for SGPs, these types of wagers have become a popular way to bet, with gamblers trying to build correlated tickets around a game’s odds and individual player props as they chase big profits. Below, we hit on legs to consider for same game parlays heading into Wednesday’s play-in games featuring the Nos. 9 and 10 seeds from each conference.

The No. 10 Charlotte Hornets and No. 9 Atlanta Hawks tip-off first in the East on Wednesday, followed by the San Antonio Spurs visiting the New Orleans Pelicans in the West.

To calculate potential payouts of your SGPs, check out our parlay calculator.

Betting Consideration For Same Game Parlays

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For bettors who want to build a SGP parlay around the game’s odds, there are options to consider. DraftKings is offering the Hawks at -5, while the Hornets can be had for +5.5 at BetMGM. In the West, while the Pelicans are -5.5 market-wide as of Wednesday morning, that line may shift before tipoff.

It’s always worth consulting multiple sportsbooks to find the best number for your bet.  The importance of line shopping also holds true for the total, which ranges from 235.5 to 236 for Wednesday’s early game, and from 225.6 to 226 for the late one.

Clint Capela First Basket (+550, FanDuel, DraftKings)

The Hawks established an early interior presence against the Hornets this season, making Capela worthy of a look here. Atlanta’s offense revolves around Trae Young — he leads the team in usage, field goal attempts, and makes. However, it’s not uncommon for a dynamic scoring guard to get his supporting cast locked in first.

For bettors looking to key their SGP around the Hornets, Capela has won only two jump balls out of four vs. Charlotte this season. However, he lost two of the three against Mason Plumlee. Should Plumlee win the jump, Miles Bridges (+450) and Terry Rozier (+700) are solid bets to shoot first.

LaMelo Ball Over 6.5 Rebounds (+106, FD)

Ball averaged more than 6.5 rebounds across only two months this season. However, he secured at least seven boards in two of his three contests with the Hawks this season. Bettors taking the plus-money plunge on this wager are banking on a stray shot or two bouncing in Ball’s direction. That’s not a terrible gamble given his physical tools and production.

C.J. McCollum Under 25.5 points (-102, FD)

McCollum has taken over the lead scoring role for the Pelicans since arriving from Portland via trade. He’s averaging 24.3 points in his new digs. While San Antonio isn’t the same defensive vise it was in relatively recent seasons, it’s a lot to ask for him to click on all cylinders on Wednesday night. He’s scored 30-plus in two of his last three meetings with the Spurs. However, he totaled 49 shot attempts in those two games. That’s a heavy volume load when Brandon Ingram and Jonas Valanciunas will command a full plate of field goal attempts as well. Particularly for bettors looking to take the Spurs plus the points tonight, adding a McCollum ‘under 25.5 points’ leg to a SGP might be considered.

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Craig Williams

Craig Williams is a Charlotte-based sportswriter who has worked professionally in the gaming, fantasy, and sports business industries. He’s an avid fantasy football player, managing over 100 leagues across multiple formats. When he’s not pouring over Vegas odds and statistics, he’s indulging in soccer and enjoys anything from LigaMX to Champions League.

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