Monday four-pick cross-sport parlay (+1246): NBA, NHL and college basketball
We are kicking off the week with a sizable schedule in the NBA, NHL, and college basketball before the NBA takes its all-star break in a few days. A double-header on NBATV headlines the action on the professional hardwood, while Virginia, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State are among the college teams in action. On the ice, we are liking the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Let’s take a look at our four-team parlay across the three different sports.
Jazz -7 vs. Pelicans (-110)
Nuggets -5.5 vs. Bulls (-110)
Oregon -4.5 vs. Arizona (-110)
Maple Leafs ML vs. Oilers (-107)
Parlay odds: +1246
NBA: Utah Jazz -7 vs. New Orleans Pelicans (-110), 8:00 pm ET
The league-leading Jazz were able to record double-digit wins in each of their two previous meetings with the Pelicans this season. Nothing suggests anything is going to change this time around, as New Orleans is just 3-7 in its last 10 games. During this stretch the Pels are allowing more than 124 points per contest. JJ Redick being questionable for Monday certainly doesn’t help matters. It is unlikely that the underdogs will have an answer on either end of the floor for Donovan Mitchell, who is averaging 32 points per game on 58 percent shooting against New Orleans in 2020-21. The Jazz also boast a superior bench thanks mostly to Jordan Clarkson.
NBA: Denver Nuggets -5.5 vs. Chicago Bulls (-110), 9:00 pm ET
The Nuggets picked up a resounding 126-96 win over Oklahoma City this past Saturday. They pounced on them in the first quarter and all of their key players played really well. Nikola Jokic posted another triple-double, Jamal Murray was efficient in scoring 26 points on just 15 shots, and Michael Porter Jr. contributed 20 points to go along with 10 rebounds. The Bulls are without Lauri Markkanen and Otto Porter Jr., and they aren’t nearly as talented as Denver even when they are 100 percent healthy. Zach LaVine has really stepped up in their absences, but he cannot keep Chicago competitive by himself.
College Basketball: Oregon Ducks -4.5 vs. Arizona Wildcats (-110), 9:00 pm ET
Oregon is a lot better than most people realize, as health issues were the main reason why this team struggled earlier in the season. The Ducks have won seven of their past eight games, with the only loss during this stretch coming on the road against a ranked USC squad. One of the wins came against the same Arizona team, and that one was on the road. With Will Richardson back in the lineup, Oregon’s defense has been much improved of late. Meanwhile, forwards Chris Duarte and Eugene Omoruyi make for a dynamic duo on offense. Arizona is a modest 5-5 in its last 10 games, and four of those five wins have come against Washington, Washington State, Oregon State, and Cal—the conference bottom-feeders.
NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs ML vs. Edmonton Oilers (-107) 10:00 pm ET
This is the second of three consecutive meetings between these two Canadian rivals. The Maple Leafs took the first encounter in a dominant 4-0 fashion. Jack Campbell made his return to the backup goalie position—and not a moment too soon because starter Frederik Andersen remains day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Although Campbell’s sample size this season is small, he has been great in his three starts. He is 3-0-0 with a 1.33 GAA and .951 SVP, with one shutout to go along with it. Regardless of who is in net, the Leafs’ offense has been awesome this season (as usual!). They are second in the NHL at 3.55 goals per game. The Oilers are also an offensive force thanks to Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, but their defensive struggles don’t make them a great matchup against Toronto.