Four-pick Cross-Sport Parlay for Thursday, March 11th (+1441): NHL, NBA, and college basketball Picks
The conference tournaments are starting to heat up even more and with the NBA fully back in action, it gives us plenty of games 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, and college basketball.
Each pick is taken from a different sport with a second pick from the NHL. A winning ticket gives us a nice payout with odds at +1441 with BetMGM — more than 14/1! Let’s break down each of these four plays. Remember to gamble responsibly.
Best College Basketball Pick: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes -11.5 (-110), 2 p.m ET
From a matchup standpoint, Minnesota’s offense stands to struggle against Ohio State’s defense. Ohio State’s defense is actually pretty weak on the interior, ranking 11th in the Big Ten in two-point percentage. Without Liam Robbins as a post-up threat, Minnesota lacks the ability to expose Ohio State’s soft interior. The other way to beat the Buckeye defense is by shooting threes. Minnesota lacks the ability to do this as well, considering they rank 339th in the country in three-point percentage. Ohio State is not going to play as poorly as Northwestern did, so we like them to roll.
Best NHL Pick: Florida Panthers ML (-125) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m ET
This is more of a play against Columbus, who are in a free fall. The Blue Jackets have lost two in a row and seven of their last nine. They have the seventh-highest goals against average in the league at 3.22 and are near the bottom in penalty killing at 72.7%. It is apparent that the players are starting to lose faith in their coach. Florida can see how vulnerable the Blue Jackets are right now and will pounce on them early.
Best NHL Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5 (+135) vs. Buffalo Sabres, 7:30 p.m ET
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won three straight to put themselves in third place in the East Division. This will be their first meeting this season with the Buffalo Sabres, who sit in last place in the division standings. Goalie, Tristan Jarry, has stepped up in the crease for the Penguins, winning four out of his last five starts for a combined .913 save percentage in those games. Look for the Penguins to stay hot against one of the worst teams in the NHL.
Best NBA Pick: Atlanta Hawks vs. Toronto Raptors Over 225.5 Points (-110), 7:30 p.m ET
Considering these teams combined for 253 points in the first meeting, this line is set too low. The Hawks have surpassed this total in three of their last five games. The shorthanded Raptors have really been blowing games wide open and turning them into track meets with each of their last three games surpassing the 230-point total. This includes 257 total points scored in their last game against the Celtics. Over that stretch the Raptors have the second worst defensive rating in the league, whilst also possessing the 6th best offensive one. As a result of the lacking defenses, backing the over is our play.