The most exciting game on tap for Friday night is unquestionably Game 7 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals between the New York Rangers and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Outside of that, a full slate of 15 baseball games will be played, with one afternoon game at Wrigley Field as the Chicago Cubs host the Kansas City Royals. Other than that, bettors will have a busy night of sports to monitor and keep a close eye on. Start your weekend off on the right foot with the help of these top betting trends.
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Here are the top sports betting trends for May 29:
MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Minnesota Twins (8:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Minnesota using the money line in May. The Twins are 18-6 (+15.45 units) this season.
Perhaps an off day will slow the Twins down. Then again, maybe not. Minnesota has rolled over just about everybody this month, including a sweep of the Boston Red Sox earlier this week. The Twins are a home favorite on Friday night as former Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle and the Toronto Blue Jays come to town. The Twins will send Trevor May to the hill.
Bonus Trend: Play over in Minnesota home games following a win. The over is 37-16 (+20.35 units) over the last two seasons.
Bonus Trend 2: Play on Minnesota using the run line in games against teams with a losing record. The Twins are 22-6 (+15.85 units) this season.
MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles (7:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play under in Tampa Bay road games against division opponents. The under is 12-1 (+11.15 units) this season.
Nate Karns and Miguel Gonzalez will do their best to keep this trend in play on Friday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles just played a doubleheader on Thursday, so pitching staff fatigue could be a bit of an issue in this matchup. The Rays have struggled offensively most of the season. Kevin Cash doesn’t allow his starters to go through the lineup a fourth time and is often hesitant to let the back of the rotation go through the lineup a third time. That could contribute to this under trend.
MLB: Kansas City Royals at Chicago Cubs (4:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Kansas City using the run line in games after a day off. The Royals are 21-6 (+20.5 units) over the last two seasons.
The off day came at a good time for the Royals, who were swept in New York by the Yankees earlier this week. This is not all that surprising of a trend because the Royals have one of the game’s best bullpens and getting them a quick break is always helpful. The Cubs are coming back from a west coast trip, so the off day was probably beneficial to them as well. Edinson Volquez is an underdog against Jake Arrieta. Kansas City is also 21-6 (+14.55 units) on the money line in this situation.
MLB: New York Yankees at Oakland Athletics (10:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Oakland using the money line in home games. The A’s are 7-16 (-14.15 units) this season.
The A’s held on for a 5-4 win as a home dog on Thursday night after failing to score for the first five innings against CC Sabathia. Their rally could be just what they need to get going. They’ll hope to ride the momentum on Friday night with ace Sonny Gray on the mound against fill-in Chris Capuano. Capuano is in the rotation until Masahiro Tanaka returns for the Yankees. Those that are looking to back this trend can get the Yankees around +130.
MLB: Boston Red Sox at Texas Rangers (8:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Texas using the money line in home games with a total of 9 or 9.5. The Rangers are 16-42 (-28.35 units) over the last two seasons.
The Rangers were stymied by rookie Eduardo Rodriguez, who was making his first Major League start and threw seven excellent innings. The Red Sox send out knuckleballer Steven Wright on Friday night against Yovani Gallardo. The Rangers are a slight home favorite, as high as -123, and they have won seven of their last 10. The Rangers are also 17-41 (-29.1 units) on the run line in this situation.
MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Milwaukee Brewers (8:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Milwaukee using the money line against a team with a losing record. The Brewers are 2-13 (-12 units) this season.
The Brewers are back in another big slump. Jimmy Nelson is lined as a -130 favorite against Rubby De La Rosa and the Diamondbacks on Friday night. Milwaukee has dropped five straight and seven of their last eight. They are already 15.5 games out in the NL Central. De La Rosa has been a pleasant surprise for a Diamondbacks rotation that needed a lift and De La Rosa is very tough on righties, which the Milwaukee lineup has a lot of. Milwaukee has an identical record on the run line in this situation as well.
MLB: Miami Marlins at New York Mets (7:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on New York using the money line in home games following a win. The Mets are 15-2 (+13 units) this season.
The Mets have been terrific at home and they have done a good job of building off of momentum at home. It’s also Matt Harvey Day at Citi Field as the young phenom opposes crafty veteran Dan Haren. Harvey’s prices are all over the map, ranging from -165 to -195 in the betting market, so shop around for the best line if you want to follow this trend.
MLB: Atlanta Braves at San Francisco Giants (10:15 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on San Francisco using the money line in May games. The Giants are 20-7 (+12.95 units) this season.
The Giants kept on rolling with a big shutout win over the Braves on Thursday. They touched up Shelby Miller and the Braves bullpen for seven runs, while Chris Heston threw shutout work for the Giants. They have been the best team in baseball this month and are expected to win again on Friday. Tim Hudson is favored in the -150 range against Mike Foltynewicz.
MLB: Cleveland Indians at Seattle Mariners (10:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play under in Seattle home games against a team with a losing record. The under is 36-15 (+18.7 units) over the last two seasons.
James Paxton and Corey Kluber went over the total of 6.5 as the teams combined for three home runs in the game and the Indians manufactured some runs with quality baserunning. Friday’s pitching duel features Taijuan Walker against Trevor Bauer and a total of 7.5. The Indians are without Carlos Santana in this series, who is on the paternity list after the birth of his first child.
NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play under in NY Rangers home games when playing a team with a winning record in the second half of the season. The under is 25-10 (+15.25 units) over the last two seasons.
Game 7 is usually a tight-checking, low-scoring affair as teams do everything in their power not to make the mistake that ends their playoff dreams. The play of Henrik Lundqvist in Game 7 situations has been a major topic of discussion. Lundqvist has allowed just five goals in his last six Game 7’s, all victories. The total is lined at five goals.
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