Four-pick cross-sport parlay for Thursday (+797 odds): NBA Playoffs, NHL Playoffs, and MLB picks
We’ve put together a four-pick cross-sport parlay that will take you right through Thursday, including action from the NBA Playoffs, NHL Playoffs, and the MLB.
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 +797 with BetMGM — that’s nearly 8/1! Let’s break down each of these four plays. Remember to gamble responsibly.
Best MLB pick: Houston Astros -1.5 (-140) vs. Detroit Tigers, 7.10pm ET
The Astros might be struggling with health but they are the top-scoring team in the league. Second baseman Jose Altuve and shortstop Carlos Correa are both hitting over .290 and have a combined 31 homers. As long as they keep hitting this team can cover for injuries to third baseman Alex Bregman and outfielder Kyle Tucker. Not only are the Astros the better team, but Detroit has a hard time keeping up with teams that can score. They are averaging less than four runs per game and even the few hitters who are semi-reliable are not very scary. Houston is going to be feeling pretty good thanks to a short sweep of the Cardinals and that is why we like them to win comfortably tonight.
Best NHL pick: Vegas Golden Knights ML (-150) vs. Montreal Canadiens, 8.08pm ET
Following a poor performance in the net, Marc-Andre Fleury is likely to be playing a backup role for Game 6, which means Robin Lehner is the projected starter for the Knights. Lehner has played only two games this postseason, but his last start came against the Habs in Game 4 and he had an incredible performance (.964 SVP, 0.98 GAA). He is proving that he can have success against the Canadiens and Vegas will likely turn to him to force a Game 7. The results haven’t been there this series, but the Knights have been the better team all season. Take Vegas on the money line.
Best MLB pick: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals ML (-155), 8.15pm ET
Carlos Martinez will take the hill for St Louis, and while he has struggled in his last few outings, he managed to toss 8.0 shutout innings against Pittsburgh on May 2. In his career, he holds a solid 3.32 ERA in 33 appearances and 108.1 innings against the Pirates. Entering Wednesday’s action Pittsburgh’s .652 OPS was the lowest in all of baseball, so Martinez should be able to be better in this matchup than he has been recently.
Pittsburgh starter Chad Kuhl is posting a 5.66 ERA so far this season, and he has struggled with command. Last season Kuhl was second in the National League in walks allowed (28), and this season his 13.8 walk rate is in the bottom 10 percent among all MLB pitchers. Given this favorable matchup, we will be backing the Cardinals to win tonight.
Best NBA pick: Phoenix Suns -1.5 (-110) vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 9.05pm ET
If the Clippers can’t win a game in which Booker shoots below 33 percent from the floor and they shoot way better than the Suns from three, it’s hard to see how they can win a game at all. Booker almost certainly won’t shoot that poorly again. Making matters worse for the Clippers, it looks like Chris Paul is coming back for the Suns. Kawhi Leonard, on the other hand, remains out. The Suns have a commanding lead and are getting their leader back. Los Angeles came back against Dallas and Utah because they had uniquely good matchups against their bigs, while Deandre Ayton is punishing them. Expect the Suns to go up 3-0.