The long wait ends tonight for NHL fans and bettors as the Stanley Cup Finals finally begin. The Tampa Bay Lightning host Game 1 against the Chicago Blackhawks to kick off the series. The NBA Finals begin tomorrow. Sixteen more Major League Baseball games are on tap for Wednesday with a day/night doubleheader at Fenway Park between the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins. French Open action continues, though there are no betting trends for that. Get over the Hump Day blues with the help of these betting trends that will line your bankroll on June 3.
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Here are the top sports betting trends for June 3:
NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play under in Chicago non-conference games. The under is 20-7 (+12.75 units) this season.
The Blackhawks and Lightning should make for an excellent NHL Finals. Both teams have tremendous depth and good speed with goaltenders that have been good, but not great, throughout the playoffs. The Blackhawks did well to keep the scores low against the Eastern Conference this season and low scores would certainly benefit them in this series. The Lightning were the top team in goals per game during the season and the Blackhawks were among the league’s best in goals allowed per game.
MLB: Minnesota Twins at Boston Red Sox (7:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Minnesota using the money line in games played on grass. The Twins are 30-20 (+16 units) this season.
Clay Buchholz was dynamite in Tuesday night’s game to pitch the Red Sox to a 2-1 victory. Front office members gave a vote of confidence to the Boston coaching staff prior to the game. The offense didn’t respond, but Buchholz certainly did. The Twins and Red Sox play a day/night doubleheader on Wednesday. Phil Hughes and Eduardo Rodriguez meet in the first game and Trevor May and Rick Porcello will be the pitching matchup in the nightcap.
Bonus Trend: Play on Minnesota using the run line in all games against teams with a losing record. The Twins are 24-7 (+16.85 units) this season.
MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at San Francisco Giants (3:45 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play under in San Francisco home games against a team with a winning record. The under is 11-2 (+9.1 units) this season.
Tuesday night’s game between AJ Burnett and Chris Heston flew over the total with a 7-4 Pirates win. The two teams will wrap up their series on Wednesday as Francisco Liriano takes the hill against Tim Hudson. The Pirates are looking for a sweep to end what has been a tremendous road trip. The total for this one is sitting at 7 with juice on the under.
MLB: Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals (8:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in Cleveland games against a team with a winning record. The over is 15-5 (+10 units) this season.
Carlos Carrasco and Jeremy Guthrie each held the opposition to one run on Tuesday night, but the Indians scratched out a run against Wade Davis, the first he has allowed this season, and won by a 2-1 score. The game clearly stayed under the total to go against this trend. Corey Kluber opposes Chris Young with a total of 7.5 on Wednesday.
Bonus Trend: Play on Kansas City using the run line in all home games. The Royals are 17-8 (+15.25 units) this season.
MLB: Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers (7:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in Oakland games played on grass. The over is 31-17 (+14 units) this season.
Kendall Graveman and Alfredo Simon stayed below the total of 9 on Tuesday as the A’s downed the Tigers by a 5-3 score. Wednesday’s matchup between Sonny Gray and Anibal Sanchez has a surprisingly high total of 8. The A’s have played a lot of overs and Sanchez has struggled with his command. The Tigers offense has been in a tailspin of late, so they’ll need to get it going to go over the total in this one.
Bonus Trend: Play against Oakland using the money line in all games. The A’s are 21-33 (-17.4 units) this season.
MLB: New York Yankees at Seattle Mariners (3:40 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play under in Seattle games on Wednesday. The under is 23-7 (+15 units) over the last two seasons.
The Mariners will have to beat Masahiro Tanaka to avoid a sweep. They will send Taijuan Walker to the mound. This total is lined at 7 with juice on the under as Tanaka returns from a lengthy stint on the disabled list with his right elbow precariously held together by Scotch tape and toothpicks. Walker is coming off of the best start of his career against the Indians.
NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors (6/4, 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.
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