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Cross-Sport Parlay: Totals Top Picks

Building a winning parlay starts with understanding betting odds and the best “value” lines. Simply stacking short favorites is a recipe for a high-risk and low-reward outcome. Avoid this. Instead, find small favorites and even underdogs to create the best bang for your buck. As an example, we’ll take three of the best lines this weekend between NHL on Friday to boxing and UFC on Saturday.


Cross-Sport Parlay: Totals Top Picks
Cross-Sport Parlay: Totals Top Picks

Best Bets to Parlay This Weekend

UFC: Tuivasa Dusts Tybura Early – Under 1½ (+115)

Tai Tuivasa is not one to waste time. The Australasian heavyweight is a fan favorite for a reason as seven of his eight UFC wins have come via knockout and all within the first 1½ rounds. On the flip side, he’s also been finished in five of his six losses, though most of these went over the total props. In this matchup, our UFC pick is under 1½ rounds.

Marcin Tybura is the right opponent for Tuivasa to get going again. He’s faced top-five fighters in his three-fight skid and Tybura is just a cut below that. The Pole has also been hurt in many of his UFC fights as four of his seven losses came via KO.

While Tybura is the more proficient and well-rounded fighter, Tuivasa is more athletic and hits harder. Tybura absorbs 3.35 significant strikes per minute with a 55% defense. That’s solid. But Tuivasa only needs one clean shot and is a southpaw that can give Tybura fits. Go under.


NHL: Jets and Ducks Get Low – Under 5½ (-105)

This one is the low-hanging fruit for the NHL odds. The Jets should shut down the Ducks as the wide moneyline indicates. But the best bet here is in the total going under as it is 6-3-1 in these teams’ last 10 meetings. The Ducks have not scored more than two goals against Winnipeg in five straight matchups.

On top of that, Anaheim’s slow and sloppy style feeds into Winnipeg’s defensive and efficient approach. The Jets give up the fewest goals at home at just over 2.2 per game. And Winnipeg tends to mute struggling offenses like Washington and Seattle.

Anaheim only averages 25.2 shots per road game, which is the fewest in the league. And it is playing without rest. There is a chance that Anaheim fails to show up and lets Winnipeg blow it out. But even if that happens, the total should still stay under 5½ goals. Bet online on the under.



Boxing: Hughes Survives Zepeda Early – Over 7½ (-152)

William Zepeda and Maxi Hughes will engage in an underrated Fight of the Year type of brawl. But given the boxing betting lines, we like for this to go past the 7½ rounds that the book has strapped on it. The Mexican, Zepeda, has 25 KOs in 29 victories. But two of his decision wins came recently against Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz and Rene Alvarado.

And Hughes is a tough boxer despite having two KO losses in his career. The last happened in the eighth round against Sam Bowen back in 2018 with the other being a retirement due to an injury. Zepeda will likely finish Hughes down the line but it will be via an accumulation of damage.

We don’t see Zepeda knocking Hughes out flush, especially within the first six rounds. The Briton is durable and will respect Zepeda’s power. It will take the Mexican contender some time to put him away.



Questions Of The Day

What is the value of doing a cross-parlay bet?

Use the best betting lines available regardless of the sport. For some help, find and use a sports odds calculator to determine the value of your parlay.

Which NHL games have the best lines to put in a parlay?

The total of the Anaheim-Winnipeg game is worth putting in a parlay.

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