Four-pick Cross-Sport Parlay for Thursday, March 18th (+1095): NHL, NBA and college basketball Picks
The “Four Four” of the tournament has finally arrived, but there are still 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 night, 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 +1095 with FanDuel — more than 10/1! Let’s break down each of these four plays. Remember to gamble responsibly.
Best NHL Pick: Nashville Predators vs. Florida Panthers -1.5 (+114), 7 p.m ET
The Florida Panthers are entering Thursday on a four-game winning streak that has them tied for first place in the Central Division. The Panthers have won three out of their four meetings with the Nashville Predators this season, with their only loss coming in overtime. They have one of the best centers in the NHL in Aleksander Barkov, who leads the Panthers in points. It was Barkov who broke the tie with a goal in the third period in their 6-3 win over Chicago on Monday night. The Panthers are hot right now and shouldn’t have any problem with the Predators in this one.
Best NHL Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Carolina Hurricanes ML (-198), 7 p.m ET
The Carolina Hurricanes have serious aspirations for this season and they have showed it of late with a 8-2 record over their last 10 games. On Thursday night they will welcome the Columbus Blue Jackets to Carolina for the start of a four-game series. Carolina is 10-1-1 at home this year and has won six of its last seven in Raleigh, NC. Columbus has lost four of its last five games and has been in a tailspin since their trade with the Winnipeg Jets. We expect the Blue Jackets’ struggles to continue tonight and will be taking the Hurricanes to win.
Best College Basketball Pick: UCLA Bruins vs. Michigan State Spartans -2 (-106), 9:57 p.m ET
Michigan State must feel like they are having an extra-long season this year, with so many ups and downs. It looked like business as usual when they won at Duke early on, but once Big Ten play started they were all over the place. Michigan State has shown they can beat really good teams this season so UCLA should not scare them. They have wins over Michigan, Ohio State, and Illinois. Michigan State is in better form, and I trust their coach a lot more. They are also healthier and top scorer Aaron Henry has been great of late. That’s enough to win by a bucket.
Best NBA Pick: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers -1 (-110), 10 p.m ET
Portland is 12-7 at home this season, while the young Pelicans haven’t been consistent on the road, winning just five of 18 games. The Blazers have shown they can handle New Orleans twice already this season and I’m willing to bet it’s been mentally draining for the young Pels to lose both games in such fashion. I’ll be backing MVP candidate Lillard and the Blazers at home.