Four-pick cross-sport parlay for Friday (+1058 odds): NBA Playoffs, NHL Playoffs and MLB picks
We’ve put together a four-pick cross-sport parlay that will take you right through Friday, including action from the NBA Playoffs, NHL Playoffs and the MLB.
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One pick is taken from each sport with a second pick from the MLB. A winning ticket gives us a nice payout with odds at +1058 with BetMGM — that’s more than 10/1! Let’s break down each of these four plays. Remember to gamble responsibly.
Best MLB pick: Los Angeles Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays ML (-155), 7:10pm ET
Griffin Canning looks like a textbook mediocre Major League starter. He is 5-4 on the season and just kind of goes up and down with not much standing out. He is young and has pitched better in the past for LA, but it would be a surprise if he took a sudden jump in his performance.
Lefty Josh Fleming is getting the ball for the Rays. Unlike a lot of Rays starters he can actually pitch deep into a game. Twice in his last three appearances, he has thrown at least 100 pitches, so if he is pitching well we can count on him being in the game long enough to make a difference. Canning looks to be an easy fade, so backing Tampa Bay will be our play.
Best NHL pick: New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning over 5 goals (-125), 8pm ET
The Lightning lit the lamp eight times without the injured Nikita Kucherov scoring on Monday, although he did contribute three assists, and another high-scoring game is likely. Mathew Barzal got back on the points train for New York with two assists in Game 6. In a Game 7 situation, pressure could lead to one or two mistakes that result in easy goals. This should be at least a push, perhaps aided by overtime or an empty-net situation during desperation time in what is the biggest game of the year for both teams.
The over is 7-3-3 in the Islanders’ last 13 overall, 5-1 in their last six on the road, and 6-1-3 in their last ten playing on one day of rest. It is also 3-1-2 in the Lightning’s last six playing on one day of rest and 3-1-1 in their last five after scoring two or fewer goals in their previous outing.
Best MLB pick: Seattle Mariners vs. Chicago White Sox -1.5 (+105), 8:10pm ET
The White Sox will face the left-handed Yusei Kikuchi on Friday, and Chicago is obliterating left-handed pitching so far this season. Entering Thursday, their .792 OPS against left-handers is the second-highest in all of baseball this season, and their .272 batting average is the fourth-highest.
Chicago also has the best home record in the American League at 27-12, and to give them even more confidence in this game, Carlos Rodon will be on the mound. Rodon is putting together a tremendous season with a 1.83 ERA and .163 BAA through 12 starts on the year. The White Sox are 8-4 in those 12 starts, and although they lost Rodon’s last outing against the Astros, this is an ideal spot to bounce back.
Best NBA pick: Atlanta Hawks vs. Milwaukee Bucks under 226.5 Points (-110), 8:35 pm ET
For starters, the Bucks should be better at guarding Trae Young. He made half his shots from the field in the last game, which is well above the 42 percent he has averaged in the playoffs. Even when he is off, the Hawks have no choice but to keep him firing away if they are going to have a chance so when his efficiency drops the team’s will too.
Young cooling down and a little more attention to detail by the Bucks on both ends should slow this game down enough so that the winning team scores only about 110 points, maybe less. Milwaukee was at its best against Brooklyn playing slower. Now the Bucks have to apply the same principle in this series.
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