Wednesday Two Team Parlay

Parlays can be your best friend or piss you off like nothing else, but if you want to get the best bang for your buck, placing a parlay wager is the way to go with their ability to pay-off in a big way. A parlay is a wager of two or more teams with the downside being that you have to win ALL of the games to get paid. Looking through the schedules and odds lists on America’s Bookie for tonight’s games, I’ve decided on a two team parlay with one game from the NBA and NHL.

Let’s get rolling with a National Hockey League tilt that features the team currently atop the league standings, the Montreal Canadiens (13-2-1-0, 13-3 ATS, 8-6 O/U) traveling to CONSOL Energy Center to play the Pittsburgh Penguins (9-5-0-0, 5-9 ATS, 2-9 O/U).

Odds makers currently have the Penguins the home favorite, paying -130 on the moneyline with the Canadiens paying +110. The O/U is set at 5 with the OVER at -120 and the UNDER at even money. If spread wagering is your thing, the Habs are +1½ -280 and the Pens -1½ +225.

Things could be going a lot worse for Montreal after losing reigning Hart and Vezina Trophy winner goalie Carey Price with a lower-body injury, but have got stellar play from backup Mike Condon. Condon has gone 6-0-1 with a league leading 1.57 GAA since stepping in for Price as the Habs are looking for their third straight win.

The Penguins might have some trouble keeping up with the Canadiens who are number one in goals per game with 3.69. The Pens haven’t been their usual selves on offense scoring only 2.21/game, but hope to get Captain Sidney Crosby going, as his 7 points don’t even have him in the top 150 in scoring. Crosby has a good chance to break out against his favorite childhood team, having recorded one point in all three games versus the Canadiens last year with 2 goals and an assist.

The second part of my parlay will consist of the nationally televised ESPN game between the San Antonio Spurs (5-2, 5-2 ATS) at Portland Trail Blazers (4-4, 4-4 ATS). This game marks the homecoming of LaMarcus Aldridge who left for the Spurs in free agency in the offseason after spending the first nine years of his career in Portland. Aldridge was a fan favorite who finished his career there second all-time in points (12,562), first in rebounds (5434) and fourth in games (648). Fan reaction will be mixed, but I’m sure they will pay him the respect he deserves.

The Spurs started the year with a loss in Oklahoma City, but have since won five of their last 6 on the strength of a defense that is allowing the third fewest point at 91.7/game. Portland are 20th in that stat, giving up 102.8/game. While Portland work around their defensive woes, they are scoring at the 7th highest pace (102.8) with San Antonio 11th (102.3).

The Spurs are a 7-point favorite with the total at 202½ as of 1PM ET. In the last 17 meetings in Portland between these two, the Spurs are 4-13 ATS. I’m going to follow this trend and take the Trail Blazers +7. To complete our parlay, go to America’s Bookie right now and take the Pens moneyline -130 and watch Sidney Crosby light the lamp to victory!

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