Thursday cross-sport parlay: 4-team multi-sport parlay at +1152 odds, including today's college basketball, NHL and NBA predictions
We have put together a 4-pick cross-sport parlay that will take you right through Thursday, including picks from the NHL, NBA and college basketball. One pick is taken from each sport with a second pick from the NBA. A winning ticket would give us a very nice payout with odds of +1152 at DraftKings Sportsbook.
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NBA pick today: Philadelphia 76ers -10 over Oklahoma City Thunder (-110), 7:10 pm ET
The 76ers have been a great team to back at home, which is where they find themselves tonight. They rarely lose (17-6 SU), and they cover often (16-7 ATS). One problem is that OKC has been a great road underdog this season (11-5 ATS). I am still looking towards Philly because it has been strong when expected to win by a lot at home, seeing that it is 3-1 SU/ATS as a 10-point (or bigger) favorite. I also love Joel Embiid to have another dominant game. OKC has nobody to oppose him, while the 76ers have some sticky defenders they can put on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. For that reason, backing the 76ers will be the play.
Be sure to check out our full Oklahoma City Thunder vs Philadelphia 76ers predictions
NBA pick today: Boston Celtics -3 over Brooklyn Nets (-110), 7:30 pm ET
The Celtics beat down the shorthanded Pelicans last night, winning comfortably by 11 points. Similar to how New Orleans was without one of its top players in Zion Williamson, the Nets will be without Kevin Durant in this matchup — making life easier on the Celtics. Durant is the Nets leading scorer alongside Kyrie Irving, so the absence of Durant should loom large as they don’t have the type of talent or depth to replace his production and presence on the floor.
The Nets will have to keep pace with a Celtics team led by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown that ranks 1st in offensive rating and 2nd in points per game, which will likely be an extremely challenging task. Boston is solid on defense, as well, ranking 7th in defensive rating; it should have success in slowing down the shorthanded Nets lineup. At full strength this would be a thrilling matchup featuring some of the league’s best scorers, but the absence of Durant makes the Celtics worth a play.
Be sure to check out our full Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets predictions
NHL pick today: Colorado Avalanche -1.5 over Chicago Blackhawks (-125), 8:30 pm ET
Colorado fans are likely disappointed with the season so far, but the Avalanche still have 20 wins to show for it. One of those came against the Blackhawks to begin the year, by a convincing 5-2 scoreline. Both Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen recorded multiple points in that game, and those superstars are going to need to lead this team once again.
Chicago, on the other hand, is actually coming off of back-to-back wins for the first time since mid-October but simply doesn’t have the firepower to sustain a true winning streak. Patrick Kane has very little help around him, hence why Chicago has scored just 2.57 goals per game at home this season — the 2nd-fewest in the NHL. They have also allowed the 5th-most home goals per game this season, so backing the Avalanche will be the play.
Be sure to check out our full Colorado Avalanche vs Chicago Blackhawks predictions
College Basketball pick today: UCLA Bruins -12 over Utah Utes (-110), 11:00 pm ET
UCLA has been outstanding this season, holding a 14-2 record and currently ranked #7 in the latest AP top 25 poll. The Bruins are looking to extend their 11-game winning streak that dates all the way back to their losses to Baylor and Illinois in Las Vegas at the Roman Main Event. UCLA is riding the nation’s third-longest winning streak at 11 games and there is a realistic chance that it doesn’t lose another game in the regular season. The Bruins are also ranked in the top 12 in both offensive and defensive efficiency and should cause problems to Utah’s offense in this one. For that reason, backing the Bruins will be the play.
Be sure to check out our full Utah Utes vs UCLA Bruins predictions