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[The Duel will come out with a $10 parlay angle every day, tracking success on a rolling seven-day span. In the last seven days, The Duel staff has gone 4-2 in parlay bets with a +$201.90 payout differential. This month, we're up $423.35].


Game 1: Orlando Magic at Charlotte Hornets (-330), 6 p.m. EST

The Hornets are the better team in this one and they take on the Magic on the back-end of a back-to-back set. While Charlotte may not cover the 7.5 points, taking them moneyline is a good bet here. Also, of note is that the Hornets dominated the Magic in their first meeting in Orlando, 120-88.

Game 2: Memphis Grizzlies at Houston Rockets (-190), 7 p.m. EST

The Rockets have quietly won nine of their last 10 games, including four straight without All-Star point guard Chris Paul. James Harden has returned to his MVP form and should have another big game at home, where the Rockets have won eight in a row. The Grizzlies are going in the other direction, having won just three of their last 10, including a 105-97 loss to these same Rockets in mid-December. Expect a similar outcome tonight.

Game 3: Minnesota Timberwolves at New Orleans Pelicans (-240), 8 p.m. EST

A game every hour on the hour on New Year's Eve leads us to the third leg of this three-team parlay. The Pelicans have won 16 games this season, 12 of those have come at home. The Timberwolves, on the other hand, have 17 wins with just five coming on the road. Minnesota is also on the back-end of a back-to-back on the road, which gives the home team an even bigger advantage. Look for Anthony Davis to help the Pelicans ring in the New Year with a win.


$10 Parlay Payout = $18.18


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