Wednesday four-pick cross-sport parlay (+1240): NBA, NHL and college basketball
We are plowing through the middle of the week with a sizable slate of games in the NBA, NHL, and college basketball. A double-header on ESPN headlines the action on the professional hardwood, while Villanova, Creighton, and Florida 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.
Nets -7.5 vs. Rockets (-110)
Lakers +4 vs. Kings (-110)
Maryland -4 vs. Penn State (-110)
Maple Leafs ML vs. Oilers (-108)
Parlay odds: +1240
NBA: Brooklyn Nets -7.5 vs. Houston Rockets (-110), 7:30 pm ET
After dropping their most recent contest to the lowly Cavaliers, the Rockets have seen their losing streak reach a ridiculous 12 games. Things certainly won’t get any easier on Wednesday night, when James Harden returns to Houston along with his juggernaut Brooklyn squad. With Kyrie Irving partnering him in the backcourt, the Nets’ firepower will almost surely be too much for the Rockets to handle. It’s just hard to see the home team keeping up. Houston has failed to exceeded the 100-point mark in four of its past five outings, which in this day and age of basketball is an unmitigated disaster. Brooklyn, on the other hand, is scoring more than 120 points per contest. Eric Gordon and Daniel House Jr. are questionable for the Rockets, and their absences would only make matters worse. Even if they do end up playing, this should be a rout.
NBA: Los Angeles Lakers +4 vs. Sacramento Kings (-110), 10:00 pm ET
It is true that the Lakers are struggling right now, mainly because they don’t have Anthony Davis at their disposal. Their woes continued with a home loss to Phoenix on Tuesday, but there are some reasons to be encouraged about their prospects on Wednesday. One, the Kings are not the Suns. Two, there is light at the end of the tunnel for this fatigued squad; this is the Lakers’ last game before the all-star break. Three, they have been great on the road this season (13-4 SU record in such contests). Sacramento is just 1-9 in its last 10 overall and has won only seven of 19 home games this season. However, be sure to confirm who is suiting up for L.A. in this one before making a confident play.
College Basketball: Maryland Terrapins -4 vs. Northwestern Wildcats (-110), 9:00 pm ET
Maryland is making a push for an NCAA Tournament berth with five wins in a row. The Terrapins should be able to remain in fine form at Northwestern’s expense on Wednesday night. As favorites this season, they are 10-1 straight up. The Terps are certainly favorites again in this one, as the Wildcats are not a good team and they are especially bad at home. In fact, Northwestern is 0-5 ATS in its last five inside its own building. The ‘Cats may have a tough time containing Maryland star Eric Ayala, who is averaging 20.0 ppg over the past three outings.
NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs ML vs. Edmonton Oilers (-108) 8:00 pm ET
This marks the third straight game between the Maple Leafs and Oilers (which is not unusual in the NHL this season). Toronto took the first two meetings even though it was missing leading goal scorer Auston Matthews or goalie Fredrick Andersen. Despite not having Andersen in net, the Leafs still posted two straight shutouts. On the offensive end of the ice, Mitch Marner and William Nylander recorded three points apiece in those two games to make up for Matthews’ absence. Zach Hyman added two goals. The Maple Leafs have won six of their last seven contests and are 8-1-1 on the road in 2021. Matthews may return on Wednesday, but even if he doesn’t Toronto should roll.