The inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament final will take place in Las Vegas this evening as the Indiana Pacers will face the Los Angeles Lakers at 8:30 p.m. ET. Through our friends at DraftKings Sportsbook, we’ve cooked up a few Same Game Parlays for you to consider for tonight’s championship game.
SGP 1 (+625)
Legs: Lakers over 30.5 points in first quarter, LeBron James over 2.5 threes, Anthony Davis over 2.5 blocks
The Lakers are a team that takes their time coming out the gate, averaging just 27.7 points in the first quarter. However, I’m going with the over on its Q1 point total considering that they’re facing a poor defensive team in the Pacers, who are allowing opponents to shoot roughly 50% against them.
James has been locked in during the tournament and went a perfect 4-4 from three when facing the Pelicans in the semifinals on Thursday. I think he can easily hit three tonight in what should be an offensive show on both sides. Meanwhile, Davis is averaging 2.7 blocks per game and has swatted nine shots over the last three games. I’ll predict that he gets at least three in this big moment.
SGP 2 (+850)
Legs: Pacers under 29.5 points in first quarter, Tyrese Haliburton over 12.5 assists, Bruce Brown over 1.5 steals
The Pacers have had the most explosive offense in the NBA so far and their ability to light up the scoreboard is the reason why they’ve made it to tonight’s championship game. However, they’re going up against a more seasoned Lakers team that is holding opponents to just 45.3% shooting from the field. It will be a bit tougher for Indiana to get into a rhythm following opening tip, so I’ll take the under on its Q1 point total.
Haliburton has become the poster child for the inaugural in-season tourney and while he’s been coming up clutch as a shooter, he’s been excellent as a distributor. He had 15 assists in Thursday’s semifinal against the Bucks and I predict he matches that this evening. Meanwhile, Brown has had the best sleight of hand for the Pacers with an average of 1.2 steals per game. Both teams rank in the top five in points off turnovers this season and I think Brown can swipe a few to lead to points on the other end for his squad.