Yesterday, we took on one of the closer games on the NBA schedule for our final parlay of the week, looking for our first win of the week. We put our same game parlay in the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers as they took on the Denver Nuggets.
The 76ers won on the moneyline and covered the spread, but both teams combined to eclipse the over, making our picks go a very familiar 2-1 on the day. We hang our heads in shame as our weekly parlay drops to 0-6, with an 11-7 record on individual picks.
While we await the results of our NFL parlay to bring us an elusive win for last week, it’s a new day, yes it is, and we are setting our sights on starting this week on a winning note.
Leg One: Boston Bruins over Carolina Hurricanes (+105)
There are only two games on the NHL schedule, but one of them features the best two teams in the league and a potential Eastern Conference Finals preview when the Boston Bruins face the Carolina Hurricanes. The Bruins won the first matchup 3-2 in overtime in Boston back on November 25th.
While the Boston Bruins played last night and are riding a two-game losing streak, the Bruins are still the best team in the NHL with an astounding 38-6-5 record and have won seven of the last ten games.
Carolina is also having a great season, with a 31-9-8 record, entering Sunday’s clash of the titans on a four-game winning streak and having won six of the last ten games.
The Bruins are 5-0 in the third game in a situation when playing three games in four nights and 6-0 in the last six Sunday games.
However, the head-to-head betting trends favor the Hurricanes: the Bruins are 0-5 in the last five meetings in Carolina, and the home team is 8-0 in the last eight games, and the favorite is 36-15 in the last 51 matchups.
Why are we taking Boston? Simply because they are the best team in the NHL listed at plus odds, and we don’t think the Bruins are going to lose three games in a row.
Leg Two: Toronto Maple Leafs over Washington Capitals (-141)
While Auston Matthews and Matt Murray are listed as out for Sunday’s game, the Maple Leafs have enough scoring depth and goaltending to overcome these absences. Toronto has a 30-12-8 record and has won three of the last five games.
Washington has also had injury issues this season and will continue to be without impact players like John Carlson and Tom Wilson. The Capitals are coming into Sunday from a win over the Pittsburgh Penguins and a pretty good 29-16-6 record, but they have lost three of the last five games.
The Maple Leafs and Capitals have split the first two meetings, with each team getting the win on home ice. Toronto is 5-1 in the last six games after allowing five or more goals in the previous game.
The Capitals are 1-4 in the last five meetings with Toronto, while the favorite is 22-10 in the last 32 games overall.
We’re expecting the home team to follow the trends and get the win on home ice. Take the Maple Leafs.
Leg Three: New Orleans Pelicans +10 over Milwaukee Bucks (-110)
We’ve said this before, but ten points is a lot to cover. The Pelicans have not had a double-digit spread in their last ten games, while the Bucks have faced two double-digit spreads in the last three games, going 1-1 ats.
New Orleans has a 24-26 ats record, while Milwaukee has a 26-21-2 ats record.
Milwaukee was listed at -12.5 for a head-to-head matchup on January 1st, 2022, and covered that spread on that night. In more recent betting trends, the Pelicans are 4-0 ats in their last four games on Sundays.
However, this is a different season, with different circumstances. New Orleans is still without Zion Williamson and is riding a seven-game losing streak, which should continue in this game. But a double-digit spread can be hard to cover, especially in a game where checking the injury report closer to tip-off will be important to see if some of Milwaukee’s shooters get a night off in what should be an easy Bucks win.
We’ll take the Pelicans to lose but cover the +10-point spread in the process.
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.