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Here are the top sports betting trends for May 26:
MLB: Chicago White Sox at Toronto Blue Jays (7:07 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Chicago using the money line in road games on Tuesday. The White Sox are 12-3 (+13.3 units) over the last two seasons.
R.A. Dickey will take the mound against John Danks in a battle of veteran hurlers. For whatever reason, the underdog White Sox have excelled on Tuesdays away from US Cellular Field. If it has to do with the Monday off day for travel, the White Sox were on the field on Monday, so that may not apply. Whatever the reason, the White Sox are in the +140 range if you want to follow along with this trend.
MLB: Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics (10:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in Oakland home games. The over is 16-4 (+12.2 units) this season.
Jesse Hahn’s spectacular performance on Monday put one in the under column on this trend, but the A’s have still been a great over bet at home. They face a tough customer on Tuesday night with David Price on the hill against Jesse Chavez. Over money has been trickling in on the overnight lines, with the total lined at 7 and the over now at plus money at most books.
Bonus Trend: Play against Oakland in home games. The A’s are 6-14 (-12.7 units) this season.
MLB: Texas Rangers at Cleveland Indians (7:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Texas using the money line in road games in May. The Rangers are 10-3 (+12.47 units) this season.
The Rangers stopped Cleveland’s six-game winning streak on Monday with a 10-8 victory in a battle of the bullpens. Shaun Marcum and Phil Klein were pulled early and neither factored in the decision. The Rangers send Wandy Rodriguez to the hill against Danny Salazar on Tuesady night, with the Indians lined as a -155 to -160 favorite.
MLB: Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers (10:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in LA Dodgers home games against right-handed starters. The over is 57-27 (+30.2 units) over the last two seasons.
Clayton Kershaw and Julio Teheran meet in a battle of aces on Tuesday night. As a result, the total is set at 6. The Dodgers have had great success against right-handed starters and Kershaw has struggled a bit with his command so far this season. The over is juiced with the low line, but bettors could get a nice win on this one. Interestingly, the Dodgers are a -240 favorite against a pretty good pitcher in Teheran.
NHL: New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on New York using the money line in road games with a total of 5 or less. The Rangers are 22-9 (+14.9 units) this season.
The Rangers better hope that this trend holds up or their season is over. The Rangers are on the brink of elimination for the fourth time this postseason. They have not lost in that win or go home scenario. Money has been coming in on the Lightning, who are now favored in the -130 to -135 range. This series has been very difficult to handicap with high-scoring games, low-scoring games, and a lack of home ice advantage.
MLB: Boston Red Sox at Minnesota Twins (8:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Minnesota using the run line in all night games. The Twins are 18-3 (+14.15 units) this season.
The Twins are one of the biggest surprise teams in baseball under new manager Paul Molitor and they rattled off another lopsided win over Joe Kelly and the Red Sox on Monday. The Twins are a growing home underdog for Tuesday night as Clay Buchholz opposes Mike Pelfrey. The Twins are now in the +120 range with some books as high as +130 on the home team.
Bonus Trend: Play on Minnesota using the money line in all May games. The Twins are 16-6 (+13 units) this season.
NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers (8:30 p.m. ET)
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 24-9 (+14.1 units) this season.
The Cavs got off to a slow start this season, but they have been one of the top teams in the NBA over the second half of the year. A big reason why is because they have forced other teams to play catch-up. The Cavs have been a tremendous first half bet, both during the regular season and the playoffs.
Bonus Trend: Play under in Atlanta games in the first half. The under is 60-35 (+21.5 units) this season.
MLB: San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers (8:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on San Francisco using the money line in May games. The Giants are 36-16 (+21.35 units) over the last two seasons.
The Giants just kept on rolling in the month of May with an 8-4 triumph over the Brewers on Monday. They will have ace Madison Bumgarner on the mound on Tuesday against Matt Garza. Bumgarner is a clear-cut favorite across the market, though the numbers are all over the place, ranging from -135 to -150.
MLB: Colorado Rockies at Cincinnati Reds (7:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Colorado using the money line in road games against right-handed starters. The Rockies are 20-54 (-29.48 units) over the last two seasons.
The Rockies picked up a rare road win over a right-handed pitcher on Monday with their win over Jason Marquis as Eddie Butler kept the team in the game and the bullpen did the rest. The Rockies are an underdog on Tuesday with Jorge de la Rosa on the mound against Michael Lorenzen.
MLB: Kansas City Royals at New York Yankees (7:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Kansas City using the money line in road night games. The Royals are 46-26 (+22.75 units) over the last two seasons.
The Royals have been such a good team and a good bet over the last couple of seasons that it is hardly a surprise that they have made bettors nearly 23 units on the road. Jason Vargas has gotten support in the betting market against Adam Warren, even though Vargas will be limited to 75 pitches in this start as he returns from the disabled list. That may actually help the Royals, who have the league’s best bullpen.
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