The NBA Finals are finally here! After the Chicago Blackhawks used a big comeback to take Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday night, the other championship series gets underway on Thursday. The Cleveland Cavaliers are a six-point underdog against the Golden State Warriors and are an underdog for the series. With a getaway day for some the league’s teams, the MLB schedule is a little bit shorter than usual today. Keep grinding away with the help of these daily betting trends.
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Here are the top sports betting trends for June 4:
NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors (9:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Cleveland using the money line in all games versus good offensive teams scoring 99 or more points per game in the second half of the season. The Cavaliers are 26-7 (+16.75 units) this season.
The Cavs and Warriors tip off the NBA Finals on Thursday night at Oracle Arena. The Cavs enter this series as an underdog and are a six-point underdog in Game 1. Cleveland has been the class of the Eastern Conference for a while now, so they have fared very well against a lot of good teams. The Warriors certainly fit the bill as a good offensive team and this series will be a great test for both teams.
Bonus Trend: Play on Cleveland in the first half of games versus good offensive teams scoring 99 or more points per game in the second half of the season. The Cavs are 25-9 (+15.1 units) this season.
MLB: Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals (8:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Kansas City using the run line in home games when the run line is +1.5 (-155) to -1.5 (+160). The Royals are 24-14 (+23.65 units) over the last two seasons.
The Royals and Indians wrap up their three-game series on Thursday night with a pitching matchup of Chris Young against Trevor Bauer. The Royals beat Corey Kluber on Wednesday night with a series of early hits before Kluber could settle in. The overnight betting market got some Indians money as the line has moved about five cents.
Bonus Trend: Play on Kansas City using the money line in home games when priced between +100 and -125. The Royals are 29-9 (+18.35 units) over the last two seasons.
MLB: Minnesota Twins at Boston Red Sox (4:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Minnesota using the run line in all games against a team with a losing record. The Twins are 25-78 (+17.85 units) this season.
The Twins are a road underdog with Tommy Milone on the mound against Steven Wright. The soft-tossing southpaw is getting a spot start after the Twins had to play a doubleheader earlier in the series. Wright, a knuckleballer, has had mixed results since making the jump from the minors. The Twins are a +130 dog on the money line.
Bonus Trend: Play against Boston using the money line in home games against a team with a winning record. The Red Sox are 19-37 (-24.9 units) this season.
MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers (10:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in LA Dodgers home games. The over is 68-37 (+31.1 units) over the last two seasons.
Michael Wacha and Carlos Frias meet in a rematch of last week’s 5-1 Dodgers win on Thursday night. Money has come in on Frias and the home team overnight with a 10-to-15 cent line move. The total is sitting at 7. Wacha has a spectacular ERA, but his advanced metrics suggest some regression due to a low strikeout rate. Frias has been a quietly solid addition to the Dodgers rotation.
Bonus Trend: Play on Los Angeles using the run line in home games against right-handed starters. The Dodgers are 17-7 (+13.1 units) this season.
MLB: Chicago White Sox at Texas Rangers (8:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Texas using the money line in home games when the total is 9 or 9.5. The Rangers are 18-43 (-27.15 units) over the last two seasons.
Most of the damage on this trend dates back to last season when the Rangers had a myriad of injury problems to several key parts of their lineup. The Rangers send Yovani Gallardo to the hill in this game against young phenom Carlos Rodon. The line has moved about five cents on Rodon as bettors aren’t comfortable backing Yovani Gallardo.
Bonus Trend: Play against Chicago using the run line in all games played on grass. The White Sox are 16-31 (-22.2 units) this season.
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