Four-pick cross-sport parlay for Wednesday (+721 odds): NBA Playoffs, Stanley Cup Finals and MLB picks
We’ve put together a four-pick cross-sport parlay that will take you right through Wednesday, including action from the NBA Playoffs, Stanley Cup Finals, 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 +721 with BetMGM — that’s more than 7/1! Let’s break down each of these four plays. Remember to gamble responsibly.
Best NHL pick: Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning ML (-225), 8pm ET
The two aspects of the Canadiens game that led them to the Stanley Cup Finals failed them in Game 1. Those are the stellar play of Carey Price and their very successful powerplay. One could argue that the Lightning had some favorable bounces on their goals, but at the end of the day, Price needs to be there to stop them. The Lightning’s powerplay is too good, and the only real way of not allowing any powerplay goals against them is to stay out of the penalty box. Montreal will need a much better effort in Game 2 if they want to avoid going down two games to none in this series. After seeing the skill gap between these two teams in Game 1, it is hard not to side with the Lightning.
Best MLB pick: Cincinnati Reds vs. San Diego Padres ML (-190), 8pm ET
Don’t be fooled by the 4-6 record, Joe Musgrove has been great for San Diego this season. He has no decisions in his last two starts but gave up just one run over those 13.0 innings. He has been as reliable as any of the starters the Padres have this year even though his acquisition was low profile.
Rookie Vladimir Gutierrez is still working his way through the league. He has only made six starts but his worst by far was against these Padres, five earned runs over just 5.0 innings on June 19th. That was on the road and the game being at the Great American Ballpark offers only modest benefits. He has been better at home but that park generally plays small. Musgrove provides a major advantage and they have already hit Gutierrez hard this season. For that reason, we like the Padres to pick up the win.
Best MLB pick: Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Over 9 Runs (-105), 8.10pm ET
We are relatively high on Dylan Cease, but he hasn’t been going particularly deep into games lately either, and the Twins still have one of the best offenses in the league despite their struggles. You wouldn’t guess it from their record, but Minnesota is actually fifth in the league in OPS. It’s been pitching that has been their problem. A total of nine doesn’t seem too steep considering we’ve got two strong lineups and a rookie on the mound.
Best NBA pick: Phoenix Suns ML (-110) vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 9pm ET
It has now been three games in a row of Chris Paul and Devin Booker shooting poorly from the field; that has to end at some point. We think Phoenix will do a much better job at adjusting for Game 6; this team has a couple of days to prepare for a game-plan for a Clippers club without Ivan Zubac. Paul is slowly getting back to his old self after the 11-day layoff he endured. He is experienced enough to know that a Game 7 should be avoided at all costs, so we expect their sense of urgency to go up. Paul George has also struggled in both games played so far at Staples Center, so until he proves us wrong we are betting against him. Give us the Suns to win.