The NBA continues to be the most challenging sport to bet nightly in sports. Unlike every other major sport in North America or even sports like Formula 1, you cannot trust the best teams in the NBA to show up on a nightly basis and might throw bets and your bankroll away in the process.
If you couldn’t tell, our NBA picks failed us yesterday, and we have failed to regain our Parlay Blog betting championship. We’re unhappy about this, as we intentionally picked difficult but winnable bets for two of the best teams in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.
The Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat had only combined for 164 points over three quarters when we abandoned any hope that game would hit the over of 217.0. Meanwhile, on broadway, the New York Knicks continued to defy the parlay blogs picks on their games and defeated the “best team” in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics, by 15 points.
At least the Colorado Avalanche did what they were supposed to do and actually won as the favorite. This brings our parlay blog weekly betting record to 0-2, while our record on individual picks drops to 3-3 on the week.
While we’re stubborn and want to return to the hardwood for our first same-game parlay of the week, we don’t have a viable same-game parlay we feel confident in. So, we’re returning to the ice, where there are many viable same-game parlays, including one featuring our black and gold safety net.
However, the actual best sports team in Boston that has a legitimate chance to win a championship wears black and gold, not green and white, and are playing on back-to-back nights.
We’re keeping the difficulty high on this same-game parlay but expect to be toasty warm and successful with our black and gold safety blanket.
Boston Bruins over Calgary Flames (-120)
Ok, Full disclosure time: we know a lot about the Calgary Flames, almost following them game-by-game. No, the Flames aren’t one of our favorite teams; we have a connection to the city and enjoy a cast of characters that follow the team.
The Calgary Flames have played to the level of their competition all season long in 2022-23. That means giving the best teams in the NHL a competitive fight while absolutely looking lost, uninspired, and hopeless against the likes of Chicago and Columbus.
The Flames’ goaltending has struggled all season long. Look for Boston to capitalize on a Flames trend and score an early goal against a Flames team that gives up early goals often and makes them chase the game. In fact, Calgary has one of the worst 5-on-5 save percentages in the NHL.
And Calagry doesn’t have the offensive firepower to overcome early deficits or engage in a goal-scoring fiesta on most nights. Calgary averages 3.2 goals per game, gives up 3.1 goals per game, and has the 21st-ranked powerplay.
Moreover, Calgary has lost three of the last five games and has a 3-7 straight-up record in the previous ten games.
None of that is good enough for a team intending to make the playoffs.
As for the Bruins, it’s all heart-eyed emoji’s on their side. The Bruins are playing on back-to-back nights in Alberta, having defeated the McDavid’s last night 3-2, extending their winning streak to seven games.
You already know the Boston Bruins are the best team in hockey, and you already know our pick: cover yourself in the warmth of the black and gold safety net and take the Bruins on the moneyline.
Calgary Flames +1.5 over Boston Bruins (-250)
We mentioned the Calgary Flames playing to their level of competition for a reason: Calgary will likely keep this game close enough to cover the spread as the Flames play up to the level of the Boston Bruins.
Moreover, Calgary plays many one-goal games that end in overtime (12 overtime games this season), so there is a good chance this one goes to overtime, with Calgary losing in the end.
Our spread pick is entirely in the hands of the Calgary Flames following their season-long trend of playing to the level of their competition and losing one-goal games.
Boston Bruins vs Calgary Flames Under 6.0 (-120)
The Boston Bruins kept the McDavids to two goals last night. Aside from a narrow 6-5 win over the Seattle Kraken and a 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, no one has managed more than two goals against the Bruins in the last ten games.
As you well know, Boston has the best goals-against average and penalty kill in the league. They’re already engraving Linus Ullmark’s name into the Vezina Trophy, while backup Jeremy Swayman is very competent with very impressive stats.
Factoring in that Calgary takes a lot of shots but doesn’t really generate a high level of scoring chances, and Boston has a 7-3 over/under record in the last ten games and a 24-30 over/under record overall makes us lean toward the under.
All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.