With the NHL and NBA seasons winding down and parity at an all-time high, we had no idea what to expect last night. We were skeptical that the Boston Celtics would put a competitive enough team on the floor to beat the Toronto Raptors and stuck to two over/under picks.
Last night, the Celtics did defeat the Raptors, while the Memphis Grizzlies and Milwaukee Bucks crushed the over, but the New Orleans Pelicans and New York Knicks hit the under.
Although we didn’t win our parlay, we’re happy to escape with two successful picks considering our luck. With Friday’s loss, we are 0-5-1 on parlays but improve to 4-13-1 on individual picks.
We’re wrapping up our week by returning to the ice, and a Stanley Cup Finals rematch from yesteryear with a same-game parlay.
Pittsburgh Penguins over Detroit Red Wings (-169)
The Pittsburgh Penguins are hanging on in the Wild Card chase, one point back of the Florida Panthers and New York Islanders. The Penguins need to win this game and enter, having won three of the last five games but going 4-6 in the last ten.
The Red Wings are eliminated from playoff contention. The spoilers have won two straight and three of the last five but are also 4-6 in the previous ten.
The Red Wings won the only matchup so far this season 5-4 in overtime on December 28.
Three of Pittsburgh’s four most recent wins have come against non-playoff teams, while the Penguins are 6-2 in the last eight meetings, and the road team is 5-2 in the last seven.
Take the desperate Pens to keep the playoff hopes alive.
Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5 over Detroit Red Wings (+130)
Three of Pittsburgh’s last four wins were by at least a 1.5 goal spread, and they are 34-45 ats, while Detroit has lost four of its last six losses by at least 1.5 goals and is 39-39 ats this season.
Take the Penguins to cover the spread with an empty net goal.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Detroit Red Wings Over 6.5 (-120)
Pittsburgh has a 3-7 over/under record in the last ten games and a 35-42-2 over/under record overall. Detroit is 37-39-2 over/under on the season and 5-4-1 over/under in the last ten.
The over is 7-1-1 in Detroit’s last nine home games.
The over is 4-0 in the last four meetings and 9-3 in the last 12 games in Detroit.
We’re taking the over and a 5-3 final score.
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.