Giannis Antetokounmpo vs Pacers

NBA Same-Game Parlay: Pacers vs Bucks In-Season Tournament Parlay

The "same-game parlay" is a fun wrinkle in the world of sports betting which allows bettors to combine multiple outcomes from the same game (obviously) into a single parlay. If all of the wagers win, then the payout is that much more. Why go for a single prop, point spread, moneyline, or OVER/UNDER when you can ride the wave of multiples to larger profit?

The eyes of the basketball world will be on Sin City to catch the semifinals and Finals of the NBA's inaugural In-Season Tournament. Kicking things off will be a matchup between the Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks to determine who represents the Eastern Conference for the NBA Cup on December 9.

Let's assemble a "same-game parlay" for this highly-anticipated matchup and try to make some dough:  

December 8: More Bang For Your Buck(s)

Milwaukee Bucks Spread -4.5-114
Giannis Antetokounmpo To Score 30+ Points-190
Tyrese Haliburton UNDER 28.5 Points-122

Same Game Parlay Pick No. 1: Milwaukee Bucks -4.5

Betting the spread provides more upside than the moneyline which is currently set at -200. 

It would be fun to ride the wave of momentum and popularity the Pacers currently have after they defeated the once favorites of the tournament in the Boston Celtics in quarterfinal action. All logic and numbers do point towards the Bucks, though.

Milwaukee is 5-1 SU in its last six games, including 8-3 ATS in its last 11 outings. This includes a dominant 146-122 victory over the New York Knicks and their seventh-ranked defense in the quarterfinals. The Pacers, meanwhile, own the Association's 28th-ranked defense and should statistically put up less resistance than what the Knicks mustered up on Tuesday, which wasn't a great deal.

Indiana is also 5-5 SU in its last 10 games, and has strung together three consecutive victories just once this season. 

Same Game Parlay Pick No. 2: Giannis Antetokounmpo To Score 30+ Points -190

The former league Most Valuable Player has dropped fewer than 25 points in a game on just six occasions across 20 appearances and hasn't done so since Nov. 22 against the Celtics. 

Antetokounmpo fell one point shy of tying his career high in scoring earlier in the campaign against Indiana when he torched the Pacers for 54 points on 19-of-25 shooting.

Same Game Parlay Pick No. 3: Tyrese Haliburton UNDER 28.5 Points -122

It's a bit of a leap of faith to imagine Haliburton falling short of this mark considering the tear he's on. However, it's easier to imagine the Bucks containing Haliburton to some degree as opposed to the Pacers halting Antetokounmpo's progress on Thursday.

Haliburton had 26 points against Boston on Monday, but most of those came in the second half following a slow start. The All-Star guard recently missed a game due to a right knee injury, and was at risk of sitting against the Celtics because of an upper respiratory infection. Neither seemed to bother him, at the very least, but it could very well present an issue should he play heavy minutes again against Milwaukee. 

What Is An NBA Same-Game Parlay?

The basic concept of a same-game parlay is the same as any parlay bet. Combining two or more wagers, you can earn a higher total payout if all of the individual bets win. You can usually combine point spreads, OVER/UNDERs, moneyline bets, and sometimes prop bets.

What differentiates a same-game parlay (if the name doesn’t make it obvious) is all the legs of the parlay have to be from the same game. Often, this makes the odds you're getting on the parlay slightly worse, though, as the books have to bake in an added edge when all the bets are from the same event.

How To Create Good Same-Game Parlays

The main takeaway for betting on same-game parlays is understanding the context of your bets. While most single-game bets or even standard multi-game parlays are solely reliant on you doing your research or going with your gut on isolated events, knowing how your parlay can function as a collective result is key for a same-game parlay. It's risky to bet the OVER on one team's point total while also betting on the other team to win.

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