Friday NBA picks from Blarington: Mavericks vs Jazz, Bucks vs Pelicans, and a parlay with the Nuggets & 76ers
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) passes the ball as New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Bledsoe (5) watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Salt Lake City.Rick Bowmer | Associated Press

Friday NBA picks from Blarington: Mavericks vs Jazz, Bucks vs Pelicans, and a parlay with the Nuggets & 76ers

Ron Blarington, the newest contributor to Bettors Insider, tries to upstage Fats Baller (shouldn't be that hard!)

Let's see what I got:

Mavericks vs Jazz

The pick: Mavs ML (+150) (ONLY IF DONOVAN MITCHELL IS OUT)

System play. Teams playing back to backs have split 62% of the time this year. The teams that get swept in these back-to-back scenarios are almost always significantly worse record wise than their opponents. This is not one of those cases. Jazz are the best team in basketball right now. Good. Bring on the challenge.


Bucks vs Pelicans

The pick: Bucks Pelicans Over 230 (-110)

New Orleans has given up 116.4 points in their last nine games. The Bucks are currently giving up 110.8 points per game. These ain't your average offenses. I'll take the stab on this being a shootout.


Parlay Payday

Nuggets ML + Sixers ML (+112)

The T-wolves suck. Don't need to go any further with that one. The Spurs are inconsistent asf. Nuggets are quietly the second-best team in basketball right now, winning 6 of their last 7. Their one loss, you ask? Oh, just to the team that's playing the best basketball right now, the Utah Jazz. Who I'm also betting on to lose tonight. Unless D Mitch plays. Which it's looking like he's not.

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