We ratcheted up the difficulty on our parlay picks yesterday, trying to get out of this epic parlay losing skid. We entered last night with a 0-2 weekly parlay record and a 2-3-1 record on individual picks and constructed a same-game parlay around the LA Clippers.
The Clippers won the moneyline and covered the spread, but the LA and the Chicago Bulls came nowhere close to hitting the over. That’s another loss, but we are happy going 2-1 on individual picks. This brings our weekly parlay record to a horrible 0-3, while we are now 4-4-1 on individual picks.
We’ve got two epic games featuring the top three teams in the NHL from the final day before the All-Star break we are building our multi-game parlay around. We’re not shying away from a challenge.
Buffalo Sabres over Carolina Hurricanes (+130)
The Carolina Hurricanes are riding a six-game winning streak, are the second-ranked team in the NHL, and their scoring is up over the last five games.
Simply put, the Carolina Hurricanes are a legitimate contender to win the Stanley Cup this season.
On a normal night – like yesterday – we’d take the Hurricanes to win on the moneyline.
We could tell you how Buffalo is the highest-scoring team in the NHL but aren’t great defensively. We could focus on the fact that the home team is 4-0 in the last four meetings, the favorite is 13-3 in the last 16 games, or that Carolina is 5-1 in the last six games in Buffalo.
However, we’re putting betting trends and stats aside and focusing on the NHL schedule in making this pick. The Hurricanes are playing on back-to-back nights and their third game in four nights and are staring at the All-Star break and vacations on the other side of this game.
We’re taking the Sabres to end the Hurricanes’ six-game winning streak and pull off the upset on the moneyline.
Boston Bruins over Toronto Maple Leafs (-120)
Will the best team in hockey lose four games in a row?
That’s the biggest question when the best team in hockey, the Boston Bruins, faces the third-best team in the NHL, the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Bruins and Maple Leafs are both 6-4 in the last ten games.
The favorite is 4-1 in the last five head-to-head meetings, while the home team is 4-1. The Bruins are 1-4 in the last five games in Toronto. However, the Maple Leafs have struggled recently against inner-division competition, going 1-4 in the last five games against the Atlantic Division.
However, this game comes down to if you think the Boston Bruins are going to lose four-straight games heading into the All-Star break. We don’t think so because this Bruins team is special and will enter the All-Star break on a winning note.
Utah Jazz over Toronto Raptors (-159)
We’re not picking on the Toronto Raptors or the city of Toronto in general. We promise!
However, the Raptors continue their seven-game road trip and march toward the trade deadline, traveling to Utah to face a rested and healthy Jazz squad.
Both teams have won three of the last five games.
The Jazz have a 17-9 record on home court, while the Raptors struggle outside of Canada, posting an 8-17 record. O.G. Anunoby is out for the Raptors with a wrist injury, impacting Toronto’s defensive schemes.
We expect Utah’s significantly better and more efficient offense to outshoot the road-worn Raptors, get another win on home court, and maybe help us hit our first parlay in a hot minute.
All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!
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**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.