Four-pick Cross-Sport Parlay for Saturday, March 20th (+1318): NHL, NBA, UFC and college basketball Picks
Day two of the NCAA tournament is set to get underway, but there are plenty of other sports to find value on. This means it is time to have some fun and look for some of the best bets across all the different sports and pile them into one parlay. We’ve put together a four-pick cross-sport parlay which will take you right through the day, including action from the NHL, NBA, UFC and college basketball.
Each pick is taken from a different sport. A winning ticket gives us a nice payout with odds at +1318 with FanDuel — more than 13/1! Let’s break down each of these four plays. Remember to gamble responsibly.
Best College Basketball Pick: UCSB Gauchos vs. Creighton Bluejays, 3:30 p.m ET
The Gauchos have a ton of momentum, as they finished the year winning 18 of their last 19 games and breezing through the Big West Tournament. Creighton, on the other hand, slipped up down the stretch–going just 3-3 in their last six. Their final defeat was an embarrassing 25-point blowout at the hands of Georgetown. The Gauchos are a really well-balanced team and Creighton simply doesn’t have the defense to win this one by double-digits. Take the points here and I’d consider sprinkling a few bucks on the money line, as well.
Best NHL Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Carolina Hurricanes -1.5 (+146), 7 p.m ET
Before dropping two games in a row, the Hurricanes had the best record in the league. They are 10-1-2 at home, they should have a serious advantage against a Columbus team that’s performed fairly poorly on the road, only posting a 5-7-2 record. Carolina has the best powerplay in the league, scoring 31.9 percent of the time; the Blue Jackets have the sixth-worst, only scoring on 15.8 percent of their chances. The Hurricanes are one of the best teams in the league and should be able to rebound from their two-game skid. Take the puck line here; the money line doesn’t provide great value.
Best NBA Pick: San Antonio Spurs +9.5 (-110) vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 9 p.m ET
Bookmakers favor the Bucks by double digits, which looks a bit too much if we look at the head-to-head results between these teams in recent years. San Antonio won the last meeting by 22 points and hasn’t lost by a double-digit margin against Milwaukee since the 2006-2007 season. The Spurs lose by an average of just 2.7 points in the underdog role this season. Back them to cover.
Best UFC Pick: Kevin Holland ML (-172) vs. Derek Brunson, 12:30 a.m ET
During his five-fight winning streak, Kevin Holland has four wins by TKO/KO. Derek Brunson has five losses in his career by TKO/KO, so his chin looks like it could be a concern here. Also, Holland has too much momentum right now to make me believe he is going to lose this fight. His takedown defense could be a small concern, but I like Holland’s striking to be the difference and will back him to win his sixth fight in a row.
Be sure to check out our full fight preview for this Main Event. You can also read the rest of our UFC on ESPN 21 picks and predictions, as well as our UFC on ESPN 21 parlays, and UFC on ESPN 21 Best Bets.