Super Bowl 55 Cross-Sport Props: 7 Picks, Including Clyde Edwards-Helaire vs. Christian Pulisic
Getty Images. Pictured: Christian Pulisic and Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
There are so many options when it comes to betting on Super Bowl 55. You can bet on events happening before the game, during the game, at halftime, and after the game.
But what about betting on events that have absolutely nothing to do with the game? Turns out, you can do that too. With cross-sport props, you can bet on Super Bowl action against what’s going to happen in other sports around the world this weekend.
So, where do you even begin? Luckily, our experts are here to help. Here are a few of our favorite cross-sport prop bets relating to Super Bowl 55.
All odds available at BetMGM.
Leonard Fournette First Half Rushing Yards vs. Donovan Mitchell Points (Jazz vs. Pacers, Sunday, Feb. 7)
|The Pick||Donovan Mitchell Points (+110)|
Brandon Anderson: You might remember Donovan Mitchell from that incredible playoff series in August. He dropped a Jazz-record 57 points in the playoff opener, then scored 51 again less than a week later, ultimately averaging 36.3 PPG for the seven-game series.
Mitchell’s scoring has regressed to his career average this year, but the Utah Jazz remain one of the hottest teams in the NBA. They have the best record in the league, and Mitchell remains their main offensive engine. After he got off to a slightly slow start, Spida is averaging 24.6 PPG since January 5. His two worst games in that stretch came just before and after missing a week to injury too. Take those games out and he’s at 26.7 PPG in the remaining games.
The Indiana Pacers are always a tough opponent, and Myles Turner is matching Rudy Gobert inside the paint on defense this season, but Indiana is short both starting wings and Mitchell should get plenty of scoring opportunities. He’s scored at least 18 points in 18 of 21 games he’s played this year and has at least 26 points in 43% of them. It’s reasonable to expect something in the low to mid 20s.
So what about Playoff Lenny?
Leonard Fournette has been the man for the Bucs so far these playoffs. In three playoff games, he’s run 48 times for 211 yards. That averages out to more than 35 yards per half, and the Chiefs rank near the bottom of NFL in rushing defense. Mitchell has only had more than 35 points once all season, so Fournette is an obvious favorite here.
I’m not so sure, though. Ronald Jones has been one of the most efficient running backs in football this season, and a far more efficient runner than Fournette. He was banged up down the stretch but should be healthier with the extra week of rest, and the Bucs like to start Jones and use him early, then go to Fournette later. Fournette is the better pass catcher, so I like him to make his mark there, but the Bucs also won’t likely be playing from ahead all game protecting a lead. They certainly won’t be early in the game, when Tampa should be aggressive with Bruce Arians’s No Risk It No Biscuit offense, looking to put up points to hang with the Chiefs.
Mitchell should score in the low to mid 20s, so that’s a lower variance outcome. The question is whether we can expect Fournette to get to 30 rushing yards in the first half, and unless he breaks an explosive play, I just don’t see it. Between Jones getting some carries, the Bucs looking to be more aggressive, and the Chiefs offense being on the field plenty of the time, I’m not seeing a big Fournette half. I honestly wouldn’t be shocked if Mitchell’s points end up higher than Fournette’s game total.
With the +110 juice at BetMGM, I’ll take a shot on Mitchell and hope he racks up points early, then wait out Fournette late.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire Touchdowns vs. Christian Pulisic Goals (Chelsea vs. Sheffield United, Sunday, Feb. 7)
|The Pick||Clyde Edwards-Helaire Touchdowns (-110)|
Brandon Anderson: Look, I love America. Love me some apple pie. Love a good pickup truck and a classic country song. Love fireworks and parades and the Fourth of July. Give me all the bald eagles and John Deeres and corndogs and CrossFit. America the Beautiful. Oh beautiful for spacious skies. My country tis of thee.
And I love Christian Pulisic.
Wonder Boy is our hope and our future. He’s our guy. He’s why I’m already dreaming big about World Cup 2028. Has America ever had a more creative and big time player? Pulisic will lead us to the promised land. I believe.
But I can’t bet on Pulisic here. Wonder Boy has scored exactly two goals for Chelsea all season. TWO. And guess how many of them came in a Premier League game. Did you guess zero? Cuz you’re right. Pulisic is barely even playing right now. He logged 86 minutes total over the past three matches, all off the bench, and had only one shot on target.
Maybe Sheffield United is the answer. Sheffield sure do love to give up goals. Maybe Pulisic will score. Maybe he’ll have new life going forward under Thomas Tuchel. But an overwhelming amount of data suggests he’ll be held off the score sheet.
So we really just need to now if Clyde Edwards-Helaire will score.
This should be one of CEH’s healthiest games of the season, now that he’s had a week off. He wasn’t much of a factor in the AFC Championship game but did score a touchdown, and that gives him six touchdowns in 13 career games as a pro. You know Kansas City is going to get into the red zone a few times, so CEH should get a couple opportunities. He’s a threat out of the backfield as a receiver too.
I’d put the odds of Edwards-Helaire scoring around 40%, and that’s about in line with his +150 odds as an Anytime Touchdown scorer. Pulisic’s chances of scoring a goal are far lower than that — I’d say half at best, and that’s only if you’re a super coldblooded American.
This prop is literally only on the board because Americans want to bet on the home team, or in this case, the home Wonder Boy. Don’t fall for the trap. The most likely outcome here is both guys being held off the scoreboard, but if one of them is going to score, I like Edwards-Helaire’s chances much better.
Kansas City’s Total Rushing Yards vs. Xander Schauffele’s Round 4 Score in the Waste Management Phoenix Open (Sunday, Feb. 7)
|The Pick||Kansas City Rushing Yards -9.5 (-110)|
Jason Sobel: Earlier this week, our colleague Matthew Freedman of The Action Network and Fantasy Labs joined my SiriusXM PGA Tour radio show Hitting the Green to help us find an edge in some Super Bowl/Waste Management Phoenix Open cross-sport props.
He mentioned that his model shows the Chiefs rushing for more than 100 yards in this game and while he believed that number might be a bit high, even something in the 90s should be good enough for this prop. Schauffele opened with a 6-under 66 at TPC Scottsdale this week. Let’s say the Chiefs rush for 90 yards; that would be 80.5 for this wager. It would also mean that Schauffele would need to card anything under par (71) in order for KC to cash as the higher total.
With a final-round scoring average of 68.33 this season and a strong track record at this event, I think Schauffele and the combination of Patrick Mahomes/Darrel Williams/Clyde Edwards-Helaire will help a side that should probably be closer to -130.
Total Punts vs. Total Aces by Novak Djokivic in the Australian Open 1st Round (Sunday, Feb. 7)
|The Pick||Total Punts (+130)|
Collin Wilson: Novak Djokovic drew Jeremy Chardy in the first Round of the Australian Open. These two have faced off four times in the past six years and Novak has never exceeded four aces against the Frenchman. Two of those data points came on a hard surface. Considering weather and a decreasing total, four punts is very much in range and comes at a great price tag of +130.
Mecole Hardman Receptions vs. Jamal Murray Assists (Nuggets vs. Kings, Saturday, Feb. 6)
|The Pick||Jamal Murray Assists (-110)|
Brandon Anderson: Jamal Murray was the big breakout star of the Orlando NBA bubble in last year’s playoffs, but he hasn’t lived up to the hype so far this season. Murray’s scoring is a career high 19.0 PPG, but that’s overselling it because his numbers are basically in line with what he did the last two seasons, and far from the leap he appeared to make in the playoffs.
Murray’s assist numbers are down a bit too, with the Nuggets giving more touches than ever to Nikola Jokic, my MVP so far this season. That’s paid off for Jokic, but it’s meant a smaller role at times for Murray. Still, he’s at 4.5 APG and has at least three assists in 17 of 20 games this season (85%), and at least four in 14 of the games (70%). Surprisingly, Murray has yet to record double-digit assists in any game this season, and he’s only even had more than five dimes four times. But that means Murray has been predictable: he’s had three, four, or five assists in 13 of his 20 games, 65% of the time.
This prop is giving us even odds, so we just need more Murray assists than Mecole Hardman catches.
Hardman has had at least three catches in only half his games. He’s only had four or more catches in 4 of 18 games (22%), and he’s only had more than four once all season. In fact, that’s the only time Hardman’s had more than four catches his entire NFL career, and that was a blowout over the winless New York Jets.
To be fair, Hardman’s touches are up in the second half. He had three catches against the Bucs on November 29, and he’s had at least three catches in five of the eight games since then, averaging just over four targets a game. But the Chiefs should get Sammy Watkins back, at least for part of the Super Bowl, and I think Hardman tops out around his usual two or three catches. That’s where he’s ended up in over half his games this season.
Murray has the higher floor, median, and ceiling here, so unless the Bucs take away all the other Chiefs options and Hardman has a career game, we should be looking good with Murray.
The only glitch here is that Murray is questionable to play against the Kings. But if he sits out, this bet should be null and void, so you’re really getting a free roll here. If Murray plays, he should end up in that 3-to-5 assist range like usual, and just that should get the job done against Hardman’s two or three catches. I would have made this line something like -150 in Murray’s favor.
Total First Half Points vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo Points (Bucks vs. Cavaliers, Saturday, Feb. 6)
|The Pick||Giannis Antetokounmpo Points (-115)|
Brandon Anderson: Let’s start with Giannis Antetokounmpo. The reigning back-to-back MVP hasn’t been getting as much buzz this season, but he’s still having an excellent season. Antetokounmpo is at 27.3 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game. The assists are a career high, but his scoring and rebounding are down slightly from a year ago, even though he’s playing more minutes.
Still, that’s just shrugging off 27, 11, and 6! Those are insane numbers, and Giannis is doing it on the regular. And he’s pouring in points pretty much every game out. His median scoring game this season is 27 points, and really that should be even higher. Antetokounmpo’s four lowest scoring games all season also came in four of Milwaukee’s five biggest wins all year, when Giannis saw a minutes drop and sat out late. He’s averaging an even 30.0 PPG outside of those four games, and he had 33 against the Cavs on Friday night. The Bucks won that one by 18, and it should be noted that that game was the other one of Milwaukee’s five biggest wins, but it was a five-point game heading into the fourth quarter before the Bucks pulled away.
It’s possible the Bucks could blow the Cavs out, but Cleveland has played solid defense this season and should hang around again, long enough for Giannis to end up in his 25-to-30 point range, like usual. We’re projecting him at 28.8 points on BetLabs.
So now we turn our attention to the Super Bowl half of this prop, and the listed first-half total is 27.5. That’s right about where we’re expecting Giannis points to end up, so that makes sense. But remember, his average goes up in games that aren’t blowouts. So if you don’t expect a blowout Bucks win, we are getting close to 30 here instead of the 27.5 you get at any other book.
On top of that, I like the first-half under anyway. That’s been the typical outcome for most of these Brady-Mahomes matchups. Brady’s team has tried to run the ball and control the clock, keeping Mahomes on the sidelines early, while the games ramp up in the second half and closer to the finish line. I expect a slower, more cagey start between these teams, and I’m leaning toward a first-half under and a second-half over.
All the better that we’re probably getting a higher line here than the typical one at the books, and remember, it might be really high. Giannis has scored at least 33 points in one-third of his games, so we might get a full extra touchdown to work with here if he has a big game. He’s had at least 22 points in every non-blowout game, so there’s not too low of a floor to worry about.
I’m grabbing Giannis here and feeling pretty good about it. We just need the Cavs to make a game of it and hope Mahomes and Brady don’t blow up out of the gates tomorrow.
Travis Kelce Total Touchdowns vs. Cristiano Ronaldo goals vs. Roma (Saturday, Feb. 6)
|The Pick||Travis Kelce Touchdowns (-150)|
Brandon Anderson: Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most lethal scorers in soccer history, but he’s also not the player he once was. Ronaldo has been held off the scoresheet in seven of his 16 Serie A games this season. Admittedly, it would be pretty nice to be old and fading and still score a goal in more than half your games, but Ronaldo is fading nonetheless. Roma is one of the toughest opponents, and Serie A matches tend to be lower scoring, defensive matches.
Ronaldo did score twice against Roma in September, one of them on a penalty kick. Those PKs are always a worry, but I think Ronaldo goes scoreless in more than half the potential outcomes here.
Even if he does get a goal, I still think Travis Kelce matches him. I am expecting a monster game from Kelce. The Bucs can’t shut down both Tyreek Hill and Kelce at once — no one can, really — and I expect them to give Hill far more of their attention after he shredded them with more than 200 yards in the first quarter alone in November. The Bucs aren’t particularly good against tight ends anyway, and Kelce is in line for a huge game.
Kelce has three touchdowns so far in two playoff games and has been a monster in the second half of the season. He’s had more than 1,100 receiving yards since the start of November and has found the end zone in 12 of 17 games, including six straight.
Travis Kelce is my most likely touchdown scorer in the Super Bowl, and he’ll have a decent chance of getting multiple opportunities. The Chiefs love to dial Kelce up in the red zone, even with creative screens and shuffle passes up the middle. I feel better about Kelce’s TD chances than Ronaldo’s scoring, and I think Kelce has a better chance of multiples too. That makes this worth the price, even at -150.