The holiday weekend wraps up on Monday with a full slate of baseball, including a lot of day games. Teams try to maximize attendance on the off day from work and school with afternoon games to pull in big crowds. That can make it a tough day for handicappers, but the use of these daily sports betting trends can be beneficial to you and your ability to cash tickets. It’s Western Conference Day in the NBA and NHL playoffs as the Golden State Warriors look to complete a sweep over the Houston Rockets and the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks break a 2-2 series tie out west.
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Here are the top sports betting trends for May 25:
NBA: Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets (9:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Houston using the money line off an upset loss as a favorite. The Rockets are 13-1 (+12.6 units) this season.
With their backs against the wall in Game 4, the Houston Rockets are a 4.5 or five-point underdog, depending on your sportsbook of choice. That would give bettors a nice plus money win if the Rockets can pull the upset and force a fifth game. Houston has been a good bounce back team this season and they have to be embarrassed with how lopsided their Game 3 defeat was. It’s a risky play, but the Rockets were right in both games in Golden State and could rally for one last push tonight.
Bonus Trend: Play on Houston against the spread after an upset loss as a favorite. The Rockets are 12-2 (+9.8 units) this season.
MLB: Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics (4:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in Oakland home games. The over is 16-3 (+13.2 units) this season.
A combination of bad relief pitching and good platoon hitting has led to a rash of overs in Athletics games all season long. The pitcher-friendly conditions of O.co Coliseum don’t seem to be having the same effect this year. As a result, blindly betting the over has won bettors over 13 units on A’s totals in that cavernous ballpark. Oddsmakers don’t seem too concerned as Monday’s total between Shane Greene and Jesse Hahn is lined at 7.5, even though both pitchers have had plenty of struggles.
Bonus Trend: Play against Oakland using the money line in day games. The A’s are 2-13 (-13.25 units) this season.
NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Anaheim Ducks (9:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Anaheim using the money line in home games with a total of 5 or less. The Ducks are 15-2 (+11.9 units) this season.
After failing to capitalize on another multi-overtime game in which the Ducks played better than the Blackhawks, Anaheim returns home looking to take a 3-2 lead in the series. The Ducks outshot the Blackhawks 21-7 in the two overtime periods in Game 4, but Antoine Vermette’s game-winner evened up the series. The Ducks are a favorite in the -130 range for Game 5 tonight.
MLB: Boston Red Sox at Minnesota Twins (2:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Minnesota using the money line against a team with a losing record. The Twins are 18-7 (+15.25 units) this season.
After blowing out the White Sox on Sunday, the Twins improved to 18-7 against teams below .500 on the year. The Red Sox enter below .500 when the teams kick off a three-game set on Monday. Joe Kelly of the Red Sox opened a road favorite and remains one, but money has been coming in on Ricky Nolasco and the home dog.
MLB: Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers (8:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in LA Dodgers home games against right-handed starters. The over is 56-27 (+29.2 units) over the last two seasons.
Williams Perez will take the mound against Brett Anderson as the Dodgers are nearly a two-dollar favorite against the Braves on Monday night. The Dodgers have done a number on right-handed pitching over the last two seasons and this will be the third start of Perez’s career, so oddsmakers are not expecting much. The total is lined at 7.5, with heavy juice on the under at some books.
Bonus Trend: Play on the Dodgers in home games vs. right-handed starters. The Dodgers are 15-6 (+12.05 units) this season.
MLB: San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers (2:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on San Francisco using the money line in May games. The Giants are 35-15 (+21.6 units) over the last two seasons.
Bonus Trend: Play against San Francisco using the run line in Monday games. The Giants are 9-29 (-24.3 units) over the last three seasons.
Sort of dueling trends here, although the Giants may be winning games, but not covering the 1.5 spread. In any event, the Giants have steamrolled through the month of May in each of the last two seasons. They will hope to continue their hot play at Milwaukee against the Brewers. The pitching matchup is Tim Lincecum against Kyle Lohse and money is coming in on the home team in this one.
MLB: Colorado Rockies at Cincinnati Reds (1:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Colorado using the money line in road games against right-handed starters. The Rockies are 19-54 (-30.48 units) over the last two seasons.
The banged-up Rockies take on the slumping Reds on Monday afternoon at Great American Ball Park. Jason Marquis will toe the rubber for the Reds against Eddie Butler for the Rockies. Money has been pouring in on the Reds for this one, who are looking to snap an eight-game losing streak and were just swept over the weekend by the Cleveland Indians.
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