Four-pick cross-sport parlay for Wednesday (+1280 odds): College basketball, NHL, and NBA

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Matthew Lowrimore

NBA· 2 weeks 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 Wednesday night, including action from college basketball, the NHL, and the NBA.

One pick is taken from each sport with a second pick from college basketball. A winning ticket gives us a nice payout with odds at +1280 with DraftKings; that’s more than 12/1! Let’s break down each of these plays.

College Basketball: LSU Tigers +2.5 (-110) vs Florida Gators, 7:00 pm ET

Florida has struggled defensively in conference play, allowing Alabama and Auburn to score 83 and 85 points, respectively. Overall, the Gators rank as the 37th-most efficient defense per KenPom, but they surprisingly struggle to defend inside the 3-point line despite the presence of Colin Castleton. The Gators rank 177th in 2-point defense while allowing opponents to score the 8th-highest percentage of points from 2-point range. Furthermore, they rank 223rd in defensive rebounding rate — which could pose problems against LSU’s 37th-rated offensive rebounding rate.

Offensively, Florida ranks 195th in effective FG% while scoring just 0.89 points per possession (41st-percentile). Even without Xavier Pinson, the Tigers should be too much for the Gators — especially on the defensive end.

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NBA: Dallas Mavericks ML (-140) vs New York Knicks, 7:40 pm ET

The Mavericks will travel to Madison Square Garden to take on the Knicks. Notably, the Mavericks will be without Kristaps Porzingis, who is currently in health and safety protocols. The Knicks have already ruled out Derrick Rose and have listed both Nerlens Noel and Kemba Walker as questionable for this contest. Dallas has won 7 its last 10 games. New York is 6-4 in its last 10 but remains below .500 on the year.

Dallas has been one of the best teams in basketball in recent weeks. The Knicks have shown few signs of life all season. The Mavericks are healthier, more rested, and more talented. They should win this game comfortably.

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NHL: Seattle Kraken vs Dallas Stars -1.5 (+130), 8:35 pm ET

The Kraken will be on the receiving end of motivating factors for Dallas, which will give them a tough time keeping this game close. They are a weaker team in the league, as we have seen all year, and are missing forwards Jaden Schwartz and Brandon Tanev. Their already weak depth continues to get tested. The Stars a better roster all around and will show the Kraken what they are made of. I’m leaning hard on the puck line in this one; Dallas won’t mess around.

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College Basketball: Maryland Terrapins +6 (-120) vs Northwestern Wildcats, 9:00 pm ET

This is likely to be a lost season for the Terrapins and that might mean some lopsided results against the really good programs in the Big Ten but Northwestern is not one of those. If the Terps had won the first game against the Wildcats this season, they would probably be favored to beat them again even on the road. That game was just terrible and Maryland still almost won. I think the Terps might nip the ‘Cats and definitely like them to cover the number. Their perimeter players are much better than Northwestern’s, so taking the Terps will be the play.

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

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