It’s Western Conference Day in the NBA and NHL playoffs as the Golden State Warriors and Anaheim Ducks can make the state of California very happy with series-clinching victories. A lot of day baseball is on tap, as teams prepare for Thursday off days after playing on Monday’s Memorial Day holiday. Not all teams are off on Thursday, but a good portion of the league will be off on Thursday and also next Monday. With a full MLB slate and a couple of playoff contests, use these betting trends to help you through Hump Day and win big.
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Here are the top sports betting trends for May 26:
NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Chicago Blackhawks (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Anaheim using the money line after scoring four or more goals in their previous game. The Ducks are 52-17 (+30.6 units) over the last two seasons.
The Ducks have the opportunity to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals with a win on Wednesday night in Game 6. The Ducks enter this game with a little bit of momentum after a 5-4 overtime victory on Monday night. Anaheim has followed up their good offensive performances over the last two seasons and has the advantage of a very tired Blackhawks defensive corps.
Bonus Trend: Play under in Blackhawks games when revenging a loss versus an opponent. The under is 26-11 (+14.5 units) this season.
MLB: Boston Red Sox at Minnesota Twins (1:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Minnesota using the money line in May games. The Twins are 17-6 (+13.05 units) this season.
The Twins just keep on rolling. The Twins picked up a 2-1 decision over the Red Sox on Tuesday night behind the pitching of Mike Pelfrey and the bullpen. They are lined as virtually a money line pick ‘em on Wednesday afternoon as Rick Porcello and Phil Hughes do battle. This line tells a story given how well the Twins have been playing, so buyer beware with Minnesota in this one.
MLB: Texas Rangers at Cleveland Indians (12:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Texas using the run line in games as a road underdog when the run line price is -130 to -115. The Rangers are 11-0 (+11 units) this season.
The Rangers have been a good bet on the run line as a big underdog, which is what they are against Carlos Carrasco and the Indians on Wednesday afternoon. This line has been growing overnight as the Indians look to avoid a sweep. Carlos Carrasco has some of the biggest signs of positive regression in the Major Leagues and bettors seem to be taking advantage of that possibility.
Bonus Trend: Play on Texas using the money line in road games on a grass field. The Rangers are 14-8 (+12.92 units) this season.
MLB: Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics (3:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in Oakland home games. The over is 16-5 (+11.2 units) this season.
David Price and Jesse Chavez threw up a lot of zeroes on Tuesday night as the Tigers and Athletics played to another under. The A’s have been a great over bet this season, but things have slowed down considerably with that trend. In any event, the pitching matchup between Scott Kazmir and Alfredo Simon could change that trend. The total is currently set at 7.5.
MLB: Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers (10:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in LA Dodgers home games. The over is 67-36 (+31.1 units) over the last two seasons.
Even with Clayton Kershaw on the mound, the Dodgers played yet another over at home. They scored eight runs to surpass the total of six all by themselves. This has been a very profitable trend for bettors and it could be right on the money again on Wednesday night. Alex Wood takes on Zack Greinke with a total of 6.5.
MLB: San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers (1:40 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on San Francisco using the money line in May games. The Giants are 37-16 (+22.5 units) over the last two seasons.
Madison Bumgarner pitched the Giants to yet another win on Tuesday with a 6-3 triumph over the Brewers. Ryan Vogelsong will try to keep the momentum going and secure a sweep of the Brewers against Mike Fiers. Fiers is a slight home favorite in this matchup as he makes the start in place of the injured Wily Peralta.
NBA: Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors (9:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Houston against the spread after a win by 10 or more points. The Rockets are 25-10 (+14 units) this season.
Houston has its backs against the wall for Wednesday’s Game 5. They answered the bell in Game 4 with a lopsided win and will have to do so again as a double-digit underdog to stay alive in their quest for the NBA Finals. The Warriors are a big favorite after a big scare from Steph Curry’s fall and the Warriors could rest him and others if they take a big lead and let Houston in the back door.
MLB: Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Rays (1:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Tampa Bay using the money line in home day games. The Rays are 13-23 (-19 units) over the last two seasons.
The Rays dropped a tough one to the Mariners on Tuesday night as Seattle seems to be slowly coming around. This should be a fun day game as Chris Archer opposes Felix Hernandez. King Felix is road chalk, as you would expect, but he is only priced in the -120 range against Archer.
Bonus Trend: Play under in Seattle road games on Wednesday. The under is 14-2 (+11.7 units) over the last two seasons.
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