It took lengthy delays, but professional sports is back and excitement is growing. While MLB is making its way through its abbreviated regular season, the NHL has opened the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the NBA will open its playoffs in less than a week. We could decide champions for the three leagues in October for the first time in history.
One DraftKings Sportsbook bettor will be paying particular close attention in September and October. Last year, two days before Christmas, a user put together a 7-pick parlay card from a $5 free bet. The bet focused on conference championships plus the World Series across the four major North American sports. He bet on the following:
- Kansas City Chiefs, AFC champ
- San Francisco 49ers, NFC champ
- Boston Bruins, Eastern Conference champ
- St. Louis Blues, Western Conference champ
- Milwaukee Bucks, Eastern Conference champ
- Los Angeles Lakers, Western Conference champ
- New York Yankees, World Series champs
The ticket was purchased the night of December 23rd, and at the time, this was a fairly chalk-y bet. In the NFL, the Chiefs had secured the No. 2 seed in the AFC, while the 49ers had secured the No. 1 seed in the NFC. In the NHL, the Bruins had the second best record in the Eastern Conference, while the Blues had the best record in the Western Conference. In the NBA, the Bucks and Lakers each led their respective conferences. Finally, the Yankees were World Series favorites, with the wager coming prior to the Dodgers trading for Mookie Betts.
The Chiefs and 49ers both took care of business in their respective conferences, securing the first two legs of the parlay. The pandemic almost shut this whole thing down, but the NHL, NBA, and MLB are all cruising along and look to complete their respective seasons in October.
As of Thursday, August 13th, here’s where the remaining five legs of the parlay look like:
- Bruins: No. 4 seed, lead Carolina Hurricanes 1-0 in first round
- Blues: No. 4 seed, trail Vancouver Canucks 1-0 in first round
- Bucks: Clinched No. 1 seed, will face Orlando Magic in first round
- Lakers: Clinched No. 1 seed, will face play-in series winner
- Yankees: 12-6, first place in AL East, 1⁄2 game back of Oakland Athletics for best record in AL