We’re still waiting for the start of the Finals in both winter sports. The waiting has been painful, but the NHL Finals start tomorrow and the NBA Finals start on Thursday, so we’re getting closer. In the meantime, all 30 MLB teams are in action on Tuesday, including a day/night doubleheader between the Washington Nationals and the Toronto Blue Jays. With no other chance to make up a game because of the interleague series, Monday’s rainout has to be played on Tuesday. That means there are 16 MLB games on the docket today and plenty of betting trends to cash tickets.
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Here are the top sports betting trends for June 2:
MLB: Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals (8:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Kansas City using the run line in home games with a line of +1.5 (-155) to -1.5 (+160). The Royals are 24-14 (+23.65) over the last two seasons.
This is a pretty wide range, but the Royals play and win a lot of close games with a shaky rotation but a dynamite bullpen. Carlos Carrasco has been a growing favorite in this game, so the Royals are a home underdog with a run line in that +1.5 (-155) range. Jeremy Guthrie is on the mound for the Royals in this one. It’s a big series for both teams as the Indians are looking to climb back into the race.
Bonus Trend: Play over in Cleveland games against a team with a winning record. The over is 15-4 (+11 units) this season.
MLB: Chicago White Sox at Texas Rangers (8:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Chicago using the money line in road games on Tuesdays. The White Sox are 12-4 (+12.3 units) over the last two seasons.
There’s no rhyme or reason for this trend except to speculate that the White Sox fare better after a day off. Mondays are often travel days for teams playing on the road and yesterday was an off day for the White Sox. Chicago is small road chalk at most shops with Jeff Samardzija on the mound against Colby Lewis. The White Sox and Rangers are both hovering around .500.
Bonus Trend: Play against Texas using the run line in home games when playing with a day off. The Rangers are 1-13 (-14.5 units) over the last three seasons.
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 30-19 (+17 units) this season.
The Twins and Red Sox were rained out Monday in Boston, so Clay Buchholz and Mike Pelfrey will do battle on Tuesday. The Red Sox are a big favorite from -170 to -180 in the market, just as they were on Monday. Buchholz is a guy with positive regression in his statistical profile and Pelfrey is a guy projected to have some negative regression. That being said, the Twins have been one of the best teams in baseball of late.
Bonus Trend: Play on Minnesota in all games against a team with a losing record. The Twins are 24-7 (+16.85 units) this season.
MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at San Francisco Giants (10:15 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play under in San Francisco home games against a team with a winning record. The under is 11-1 (+10.1 units) this season.
Yesterday’s total was a push as Gerrit Cole and Ryan Vogelsong did battle. On Tuesday night, it will be Chris Heston against AJ Burnett as the Giants and Padres continue their series. The total is once again lined at 7. The Giants offense has been much better of late, but the Pirates have a formidable pitching matchup and a very good defensive team.
MLB: Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers (7:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Oakland using the money line in games played on grass. The A’s are 18-31 (-19.25 units) this season.
The A’s have killed MLB bankrolls all season long. They head to Detroit to open up a series on Tuesday night with a matchup of Kendall Graveman against Alfredo Simon. Simon and the Tigers are favored in the -140 range in this one. The Tigers were swept by the Angels and had Monday off, so perhaps they come into this game reenergized.
Bonus Trend: Play over in Oakland games on grass. The over is 31-16 (+15 units) this season.
MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals (8:15 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Milwaukee using the run line in Tuesday games. The Brewers are 7-25 (-21.8 units) over the last two seasons.
Once again, there’s no rhyme or reason for this trend except to possibly suggest that Monday off days have something to do with it. The Brewers have been one of the league’s worst teams throughout the season. Tyler Cravy will make his Major League debut against Lance Lynn and the Cardinals are going to be a heavy favorite in this one once the market opens.
NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning (6/3, 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.
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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