Four-pick cross-sport parlay for Thursday, May 20 (+1784 odds): NHL, NBA, and MLB picks
A big Thursday of sports is expected, which 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 that will take you right through the day, including action from the NHL, NBA, and MLB.
Each pick is taken from a different sport with a second pick from the MLB. A winning ticket gives us a nice payout with odds at +1784 with BetMGM — more than 17/1! Let’s break down each of these four plays. Remember to gamble responsibly.
Best MLB Pick: Miami Marlins ML (+100) vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 7:05 p.m ET
Sandy Alcantara has gone at least 6.0 innings in seven of his nine starts, and he should be ready to bounce back against a Philadelphia team that he is 4-1 against in his career.
While Vince Velasquez has filled in nicely for Matt Moore in the Philadelphia rotation, his xERA of 4.70 on the year indicates that he is due for some regression. His command issues certainly won’t help his cause as he has issued 19 walks in 29.1 innings so far this season. We expect Alcantara to bounce back here and will take Miami to beat up on Velasquez.
Best MLB Pick: Boston Red Sox ML (+110) vs. Toronto Blue Jays, 7:37 p.m ET
The Red Sox starter, Nick Pivetta, is having a career season with his 3.16 ERA. His best two pitches are his fastball and slider which he throws 81.6 percent of the time and has opponents hitting just .151 and .179 against those two pitches. There is a chance he is also the Red Sox good luck charm because they have won seven of his eight starts and average 6.88 runs per game when Pivetta starts.
The Blue Jays will start Steven Matz who comes into this matchup with a 4.29 ERA and has been on the losing end of three of his last four starts. Since Matz is a lefty, the Red Sox gain the hitting advantage since they have a .276 mark against southpaws this season. For that reason, we like the visitors to get to Matz early and will back Boston to win.
Best NHL Pick: Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs -1.5 (+135), 7:38 p.m ET
Toronto finished first in the North Division and will have home ice, which will be great for them with their 18-7-3 record at Scotiabank Arena. The Leafs have gone 7-1-2 in their last 10 games, scoring 3.7 goals per game on 31.2 shots over this stretch to get themselves ready for the playoffs.
Montreal finished fourth in the division and lost their last five games to end the regular season. They are 11-10-7 on the road this season and will have Carey Price back in net, but he has not played since April 19 and in his last four starts his save percentage was .867. Price faced the Leafs four times in 2021 and his goals-against average was 3.48 in those games. Toronto is ready for a long playoff run and their depth is too strong for the Canadiens.
Best NBA Pick: Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards -3 (-110), 8:00 p.m ET
Washington won all three meetings in the regular season with the average margin of victory being 7.3 points. The Wizards are 9-1 SU in their last 10 home games and have covered the spread in 10 of their last 14 games against Eastern Conference opponents. We think the Wizards just have a deeper team and will be backing them to win this game by enough of a margin to cover.