Four-pick cross-sport parlay for Sunday (+1277 odds): MLS Playoffs, NFL, NBA, and NHL

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Matthew Lowrimore

NFL· 1 week ago

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Matthew has been with Pickswise for over a year now, covering a wide variety of sports. His main passion is college football and that is the sport he has covered the most. Matthew uses a variety of methods to handicap games, including stats, trends, injuries, and situational factors. His goal is to consistently give out winners and will do everything he can to make his readers money.

We have put together a 4-pick cross-sport parlay that will take you right through Sunday, including action from the MLS Playoffs, NFL, NBA, and NHL.

One pick is taken from each sport and a winning ticket gives us a nice payout with odds at +1277 with DraftKings; that’s more than 12/1! Let’s break down each of these plays.

MLS: Atlanta United +0.5 (+125) vs New York City FC, 3pm ET

Atlanta didn’t expect to be here at this point. After failing to qualify for the MLS playoffs in 2020, the team brought in Gabriel Heinze to lead from the touchline, but Heinze’s 3 months at the helm were filled with controversy and disaster. Since replacing him with Gonzalo Pineda, though, the team has clearly changed – the combination of Josef Martinez and Ezequiel Barco up front is as lethal a pair as there is left in these playoffs. Atlanta is a better team than the oddsmakers are giving them credit for, and ever since the beginning of August they’ve continued to defy expectations. Bet on them at the very least keeping this one level through 90 minutes, and take Atlanta to win or tie.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for this matchup.

NFL: Dallas Cowboys +2.5 (-105) vs Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25pm ET

The Cowboys are 8-1 against the spread this season (the Chiefs are 3-7), with the only time they have let bettors down coming in their head-scratcher of a 30-16 defeat to Denver in Week 9. It’s hardly the only odd result we’ve seen in the 2021 season, though, and Dallas bounced back to thrash Atlanta 43-3 last week — suggesting that whatever happened against the Broncos wasn’t terminal. The Chiefs may well be on their way back, but the Cowboys offense only briefly went away and the visiting team look worth supporting to cover.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for this matchup.

NHL: Minnesota Wild vs Tampa Bay Lightning ML (-165), 5:08pm ET

These teams are very healthy, as we should expect full lineups apart from Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov. This will be the first of 2 meetings between these teams and should be a good matchup of two playoff-bound clubs. When Minnesota plays against top NHL teams, they just can’t seem to get the job done. They have taken losses to the Colorado Avalanche, Vegas Golden Knights and Florida Panthers.

Tampa Bay on the other hand, always seems to rise to the occasion and perform well against the perennial best teams in the league. The Lightning aren’t likely to lose 2 straight games on home ice, so take the Bolts on the money line.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for this matchup.

NBA: Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns -8 (-105), 8:10pm ET

The Phoenix Suns are currently the hottest team in the NBA, having won their last 11 games. What is even more impressive is that a majority of those wins came without Deandre Ayton, who has missed 6 games this season. With him back in the fold, the Suns could have a major advantage on the inside, especially with Nikola Jokic questionable for tonight’s game.

The Suns have got themselves in this position on the back of their defense, currently ranking 3rd in defensive rating. With the Nuggets only 20th in the league in offensive rating and potentially without their leading scorers tonight, back the Suns to cover the spread.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for this matchup.

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