The Inaugural Daily Staff Moneyline Parlay: Two Favorites and a Dog
The inaugural Action Network daily moneyline parlay has finally arrived!
How will it work? Essentially, we will determine if at least three of our experts for each sport feel confident in a moneyline on that day’s card. If we have between three and five, we will construct a parlay for our pro subscribers. If not, no need to force anything for that day. Hopefully, we can profit together, while creating some fun banter.
Without further ado, here is the first of many future staff parlays — a three-teamer that includes an NBA, MLB and NHL team and pays more than 2-1. First game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET.
NBA: Warriors -900
Curry’s back. I don’t mean to be reductive here, but Stephen Curry’s back. Golden State put an emphatic statement out in Game 1, tearing the New Orleans defense to shreds. The Pelicans will likely adjust in Game 2 — and Curry could have some rust — but those factors should influence how you view the spread, not the moneyline. The Warriors look motivated and found ways to exploit the Pelicans’ coverages. They generated 25 points on 16 cuts, which is crazy in a playoff game where defenders typically have much more awareness to cutting action. Golden State just presents too many issues even without Curry.
Did I mention Curry’s back? Because he’s back. The Warriors should improve their season record tonight to 50-10 with Curry in the lineup. — Matt Moore
MLB: Red Sox -280
Chris Sale against the Royals offense is just unfair — although the Boston ace will have to tread carefully against Alcides Escobar, who is an amazing 24-for-70 (.343) lifetime against Sale. It is especially unfair when you consider the Royals will counter with a right-handed starter in Jakob Junis. While the Red Sox have really struggled against southpaws this season, they have absolutely crushed right-handed pitching.
Ranked first across the board against righties and dead last against lefties. Amazing splits.
I ultimately trust the team with the most wins in baseball at home against a right-handed starter on a team that is tied for the fewest wins in MLB. — Stuckey
NHL: Capitals +125
After opening at +115 according to the Action App, the Capitals now sit around +125 in the market. That implies Washington has ~44.4% chance of beating Pittsburgh at the Igloo tonight, which is off in my opinion. The Caps didn’t get outplayed in either game in D.C. and have been a much better team since the postseason started — especially since Braden Holtby took over in net. The value lies with Alexander Ovechkin and the Caps. — Michael Leboff
Daily Moneyline Parlay
Warriors-Red Sox-Capitals +233
YTD 0-0 +0.0 units
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