Four-pick Cross-Sport Parlay for Wednesday, February 24th (+1089): NBA, NHL, college basketball and Champions League picks
We are halfway through the week, and there are plenty of games to find value in today. 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 NBA, NHL, college basketball and the Champions League.
Each pick is taken from a different sport and a winning ticket gives us a nice payout with odds at +1089 with DraftKings — more than 10/1! Let’s break down each of these four plays. Remember to gamble responsibly.
Best Champions League Pick: Manchester City -1.5 (-122) vs. Borussia Monchengladbach, 3 p.m ET
Manchester City extended their winning streak to 18 with a hard-fought (but thoroughly deserved) 1-0 success at Arsenal on Sunday and are now unbeaten in 25 matches. It’s going to take either something very fortunate or an opponent who’s very good to derail Pep Guardiola’s winning machine and Borussia Monchengladbach, without a dollop or two of luck, probably aren’t good enough to stop City. Look for City to continue their dominance and win this game comfortably.
Best NHL Pick: Calgary Flames vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Over 6 Goals (-124), 7 p.m ET
The Calgary goalie, Jacob Markstrom, missed the game on Monday due to an injury and will be a game time decision for this one. Over his last four games, Markstrom has a goals-against average of 4.61 and a save percentage of .877.
In net for the Maple Leafs will be Michael Hutchinson, making his second consecutive start for the injured Frederick Andersen. Hutchinson has a 3.05 goals-against average and looked shaky at points on Monday. The Leafs have the No. 1 power play in the NHL at 33.3 percent and are second with a goals per game average of 3.60. I expect a highly offensive game that will showcase both teams trading chances and goals.
Best NBA Pick: Chicago Bulls -4 (-112) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 8 p.m ET
Chicago has won back-to-back games and just clobbered Houston, winning by 20. The Bulls are still waiting for the return of their best-shooting forwards, but most nights offense is not a problem. They are eighth in the NBA in scoring and Zach LaVine is scoring a career-best 28 ppg. This is a spot where they should be able to get an easy win, although nothing seems to be too easy for the Bulls–at least not when you expect it to be.
Getting any team on a back-to-back is a nice opportunity. Getting them on a back-to-back at home is even better, and even better than that is getting them at home after being dominated by another team and with a new head coach that is still getting a feel for his personnel. Take the Bulls.
Best College Basketball Pick: Alabama Crimson Tide +2 (-112) vs. Arkansas Razorbacks, 9:00 p.m ET
These two schools previously met back on January 16 in Tuscaloosa, as Alabama cruised to a 90-59 home victory. In the win, Alabama shot an impressive 15-of-36 from three-point range, scoring 1.15 points per possession while holding Arkansas to 4-of-17 three-point shooting and 0.76 points per possession. The Crimson Tide are a tough matchup for the Razorbacks, as both schools are stylistically similar. Alabama and Arkansas want to turn games into track meets while employing stout defenses. Alabama is a bit more polished version of how Arkansas wants to play, and as a result the Crimson Tide are the recommended side in this one.