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Here are the top sports betting trends for May 24:
MLB: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox (2:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Chicago using the run line in all games as a home favorite when the run line price is between +135 and +160. The White Sox are 4-33 (-26.95 units) over the last three seasons.
Jose Quintana is a growing favorite for Sunday against the Twins. The White Sox southpaw has increased about 10 cents overnight. The run line falls firmly within this trend and the White Sox have not been able to win by more than one run in most of these situations.
MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Kansas City Royals (2:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Kansas City using the run line in home games when the run line is +1.5 (-155) to -1.5 (+160). The Royals are 24-14 (+22.65 units) over the last two seasons.
The Royals and Cardinals played a rain-shortened game on Saturday, so there was no change in this trend, even though the Royals were priced within this range. Yordano Ventura takes the mound against Michael Wacha on Sunday and the run line is trending down into this range. Remember this trend if money continues to come in on the road Cardinals.
Bonus Trend: Play on Kansas City using the money line in home games when priced between +100 and -125. The Royals are 29-9 (+18.35 units) over the last two seasons.
MLB: Oakland Athletics at Tampa Bay Rays (1:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Oakland using the money line in all games. The Athletics are 15-30 (-20.2 units) this season.
Kendall Graveman pitched the A’s to a rare victory on Sunday to improve on their terrible record. The A’s have been a great auto fade team so far this season and bettors that have gone against them in every game are up over 20 units of profit. On Sunday, ace Sonny Gray is on the mound for the A’s, who are a substantial road favorite.
Bonus Trend: Play over in Oakland games. The over is 28-13 (+15.05 units) this season.
MLB: San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers (4:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in LA Dodgers home games against right-handed starters. The over is 56-27 (+29.25 units) over the last two seasons.
The Dodgers and Padres played a low-scoring 2-0 affair to go against this trend on Saturday, but the trend could be back in play on Sunday. James Shields takes on Carlos Frias with a total of 7. Shields is due for some regression, specifically in his strikeout rate, so the Dodgers may get some very good swings against him.
NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers (8:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Atlanta using the money line in road games versus good offensive teams scoring 99 or more points per game in the second half of the season. The Hawks are 7-23 (-20.3 units) over the last three seasons.
The Cavs are a hefty favorite, even with Kyrie Irving listed as doubtful for Game 3. The Cavs are approaching double digits, so going against Atlanta on the money line will cost some money. The Hawks have struggled against teams that can score, although neither team has been particularly impressive from an offensive standpoint in this series.
Bonus Trend: Play under in Cleveland Sunday games. The under is 124-62 (+55.8 units) since 1992.
Bonus Trend 2: Play on Cleveland in the first half after allowing 85 points or less. The Cavs are 18-4 (+13.6 units) over the last three seasons.
MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals (1:35 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Philadelphia using the run line in road games on Sundays. The Phillies are 7-21 (-21.15 units) over the last three seasons.
After knocking around Stephen Strasburg on Saturday, the Phillies are getting a little bit of love in the betting market against Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals on Sunday. The Phillies have not fared well on the road on Sundays of late and, despite the steam from bettors, are still substantial underdogs in this game.
MLB: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Boston Red Sox (1:35 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Boston using the money line in home games when priced between +100 and -125. The Red Sox are 8-22 (-17.65 units) over the last two seasons.
The Angels and Red Sox each send a southpaw to the mound on Sunday. Hector Santiago is a small underdog to Wade Miley for the series finale at Fenway Park. The Red Sox have been a bit better at home this season, so most of this trend dates back to last season, but they are still struggling to be consistent this season, specifically at home.
MLB: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies (4:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on San Francisco using the money line in May. The Giants are 35-15 (+21.75 units) over the last two seasons.
The Giants split a double dip with the Rockies on Saturday. They’ll look to wrap up the series on a good note with Tim Hudson on the hill against Chad Bettis. The Giants had won eight straight before they dropped Game 2 of the doubleheader last night and have been red hot since Hunter Pence returned to the lineup.
NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in Tampa Bay games on Sunday. The over is 13-3 (+10.75 units) over the last two seasons.
Henrik Lundqvist shut the door in Game 4, but Tampa Bay had scored 12 goals over the previous two games, so they have proven that they can score in this series. For whatever reason, their offensive touch has been golden on Sundays over the last couple of seasons. The Rangers scored five in their last game, so both teams are capable of an offensive explosion in this one.
MLB: New York Mets at Pittsburgh Pirates (1:35 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on New York using the money line in road day games. The Mets are 40-24 (+26.89 units) over the last three seasons.
Matt Harvey was battered for the Mets on Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh to add a loss to this trend. The Mets send Jon Niese to the mound against Francisco Liriano in hopes of bouncing back and getting into the win column. The Mets are a nice plus money underdog in the +145 range at some shops, so backing this trend could net you a nice victory.
MLB: Houston Astros at Detroit Tigers (1:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Detroit using the run line in all day games. The Tigers are 15-6 (+12.25 units) this season.
The Tigers lost on Saturday as Lance McCullers Jr. picked up his first Major League win. The Tigers will look for a quick bounce back as a sizable favorite with Anibal Sanchez on the mound against Roberto Hernandez. The Tigers have dealt with a little bit of an offensive outage of late with Victor Martinez on the disabled list and a lack of situational hitting, but they have a big edge in the pitching matchup here.
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