It has been a busy weekend in the sports world with UFC, boxing, history on the track at the Belmont, and now we will end it with a day full of baseball, NASCAR at Pocono, and Game 2 of the NBA Finals. The Finals have certainly taken on a different look with Kyrie Irving’s injury, but that’s why they play the games and what makes handicapping so enjoyable, yet difficult at the same time.
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Here are the top sports betting trends for June 7:
NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Cleveland using the money line when playing with two days rest. The Cavs are 19-5 (+13.95 units) over the last two seasons.
The Warriors are an eight-point favorite, so a Cavs upset would be a nice way to finish off the weekend for bettors looking to follow this trend. Kyrie Irving is out, causing a 1.5-point adjustment to the line. The extra day of rest should help LeBron James, who dominated in Game 1, despite the loss. He’ll be the big key for the Cavs the rest of the way and bettors looking to take a chance on the Cavs will need him to come up big.
Bonus Trend: Play on Cleveland in the first half against good offensive teams scoring 99 or more points per game in the second half of the season. The Cavs are 26-9 (+16.1 units) this season.
Bonus Trend 2: Play under in Cleveland Sunday games. The under is 124-63 (+54.7 units) since 1992.
MLB: Texas Rangers at Kansas City Royals (2:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Texas using the money line when playing a team with a winning record. The Rangers are 13-4 (+14.92 units) this season.
The Rangers are going for a sweep on Sunday of the Kansas City Royals. Texas sends Colby Lewis to the mound against Jeremy Guthrie. The Rangers have been a surprise team in the AL West this season and the Royals, who started 7-0, are playing at a .500 clip over their last 26 games. Kansas City is a small home favorite.
MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Minnesota Twins (2:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Minnesota using the money line in home games against a team with a losing record. The Twins are 14-4 (+11.6 units) this season.
Overnight line movement has turned the Milwaukee Brewers into a favorite for Sunday against the Minnesota Twins. Mike Fiers has been a popular pitcher in the betting market this season and is once again on Sunday against Mike Pelfrey. The Brewers are looking for a sweep in this series after beating up Kyle Gibson on Friday and holding on for a 4-2 win on Saturday.
Bonus Trend: Play under in Milwaukee road games on Sundays. The under is 22-5 (+16.2 units) over the last three seasons.
Bonus Trend 2: Play on Minnesota using the run line against a team with a losing record. The Twins are 27-9 (+17.25 units) this season.
MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers (8:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in LA Dodgers home games. The over is 69-38 (+31.15 units) over the last two seasons.
This is one of the most profitable blind bets in baseball over the last two seasons. Simply playing the over in Dodgers home games has garnered over 31 units of profit. Sunday’s game has a very low total with Zack Greinke on the mound against Lance Lynn on Sunday Night Baseball. It has been bet up from 6 to 6.5.
MLB: New York Mets at Arizona Diamondbacks (4:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on New York using the money line in road day games. The Mets are 40-25 (+25.89 units) over the last three seasons.
Jacob deGrom takes the mound for the New York Mets on Sunday as they wrap up the series against Josh Collmenter and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Mets are small road chalk, though this line is a bit surprising since Matt Harvey was a very big road favorite on Friday and deGrom has pitched very well in his own right.
MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners (4:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Seattle using the money line in games played on grass. The Mariners are 19-30 (-16.75 units) this season.
The Mariners continue to struggle and now have to deal with Chris Archer on Sunday. The Mariners will respond with Mike Montgomery. Archer is favored in the -135 range as he is on a dominant string of starts of late. Montgomery threw the ball well in his first start with the Mariners against the Yankees.
MLB: Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox (2:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Chicago using the run line in games played on grass. The White Sox are 17-33 (-23.2 units) this season.
The Tigers ended their eight-game losing streak on Saturday and are looking to win back-to-back games for the first time in a while. It seems like that will be a tough task as Jeff Samardzija takes the ball for the White Sox against Alfredo Simon and the Tigers. Samardzija is lined in the -125 to -130 range for this one.
MLB: Oakland Athletics at Boston Red Sox (1:35 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Boston using the money line in home games played on grass. The Red Sox are 47-62 (-32.4 units) over the last two seasons.
The Red Sox and A’s finish up their weekend set with a pitching matchup of Clay Buchholz against Kendall Graveman. Underdog money has come in on Graveman for this start, but the Red Sox are still lined in the -140 to -145 range. Boston has really struggled over the last couple of seasons and they can’t seem to find any consistency in 2015.
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