Saturday provides handicappers and sports fans with a similar schedule of games to what we have had the rest of the month. A full day of MLB action is on tap, with some NBA and NHL playoffs sprinkled in. It’s Western Conference Finals Day yet again as the NBA and NHL postseasons alternate between East and West. That means that Game 3 of the series between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors tips off later tonight, along with the puck drop for Game 4 of the Chicago Blackhawks vs. Anaheim Ducks series. Both home teams are facing huge games, so it should be a great day of sports.
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Here are the top sports betting trends for May 23:
NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Chicago Blackhawks (8:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Anaheim using the money line in road Saturday games. The Ducks are 20-4 (+18.15 units) over the last three seasons.
The Ducks and Blackhawks meet for Game 4 on Saturday night, as the Ducks try to head home with a 3-1 series lead. The Blackhawks are a big favorite in the -150 range to bounce back and there has not been a lot of resistance yet on this line. Ducks backers are going to get a fine price throughout the day on the road team and Frederik Andersen has been outstanding in goal.
Bonus Trend: Play under in Chicago games when revenging a loss versus an opponent. The under is 26-10 (+15.5 units) this season.
MLB: San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers (10:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in LA Dodgers home games against right-handed starters. The over is 56-25 (+31.25 units) over the last two seasons.
Friday night’s battle between Andrew Cashner and Zack Greinke was a rare under on this trend, but those two stars are some of the best pitchers that the NL West has to offer. The pitching matchup is decidedly weaker on Saturday as Mike Bolsinger of the Dodgers faces Ian Kennedy of the Padres. The total is currently sitting at 7.5.
MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Kansas City Royals (7:15 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 23-14 (+21.9 units) over the last two seasons.
It will be interesting to see where the line moves on Saturday with a matchup of John Lackey against Edinson Volquez. This start was supposed to belong to Danny Duffy, but the Royals pushed Duffy back a couple of days due to some shoulder stiffness. Kansas City is rolling and they have the best record they have had through 40 games in 35 years, so they have been tough to bet against this season.
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 (4:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Oakland using the money in all games. The A’s are 14-30 (-21.6 units) this season.
Another game, another loss for the A’s on Friday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. Kendall Graveman will try to stop the bleeding on Saturday when he goes up against Nate Karns. Tampa Bay money has come into the market as the Rays are a -150 favorite and growing. The A’s have had a lot of bad luck and some positive regression is coming, but it may not happen against the red hot Rays.
Bonus Trend: Play over in Oakland games against right-handed starters. The A’s are 22-9 (+13.1 units) this season.
MLB: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Boston Red Sox (7:15 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play under in Boston home games in May. The under is 20-5 (+14.75 units) over the last two seasons.
Friday’s game flew over the total as Rick Porcello got beaten around by the Angels. Saturday’s game features CJ Wilson against knuckleballer Steven Wright. This total has bounced around a little bit, opening at 9, before dropping to 8.5, and then moving back up to 9. The Red Sox have had a lot of consistency issues this season and the under trend illustrates that.
Bonus Trend: Play against Boston using the money line when priced between +100 and -125. The Red Sox are 8-21 (-16.55 units) over the last two seasons.
MLB: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox (4:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Chicago in all games versus division opponents. The White Sox are 8-21 (-18.55 units) this season.
The White Sox held on to best the Twins behind Jeff Samardzija and a strong effort from the bullpen on Friday. That was Chicago’s eighth win of the season against an AL Central opponent. They just lost three of four to the Indians earlier this week. The White Sox have a good chance to get back in the win column on Saturday with Chris Sale on the mound against Trevor May.
Bonus Trend: Play on Minnesota using the money line in all games against left-handed starters. The Twins are 13-5 (+10.8 units) this season.
MLB: New York Mets at Pittsburgh Pirates (4:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on New York using the money line in road day games. The Mets are 40-23 (+27.89 units) over the last three seasons.
Noah Syndergaard was outpitched by Gerrit Cole on Friday night and the Mets offense couldn’t provide any run support. The Mets will take on AJ Burnett on Saturday, but their ace, Matt Harvey, takes the mound. As a result, the Mets are a very small road dog in this matchup. For whatever reason, the Mets have played well during day games away from home and they hope to continue that trend.
Bonus Trend: Play on the Mets in day games this season. They are 11-1 (+12.3 units).
MLB: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies (9:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on San Francisco using the money line in May games. The Giants are 34-14 (+21.75 units) over the last two seasons.
After destroying the Rockies on Friday night, the Giants chalked up another win in the month of May. They are riding a seven-game win streak into Saturday’s doubleheader against the Rockies. Chris Heston and Jordan Lyles pitch in the first game and Yusmeiro Petit and David Hale duel in the second game. Heston is a small road favorite in Game 1.
MLB: Houston Astros at Detroit Tigers (4:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Detroit using the run line in day games. The Tigers are 15-5 (+13.25 units) this season.
Rookie Lance McCullers Jr. will make the second start of his MLB career on Saturday against Kyle Lobstein. The Tigers are a small home favorite, but money has trickled in against Lobstein already. The Tigers have been very good in day games, likely due to their extremely powerful offensive lineup.
NBA: Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets (9:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Houston using the money line as a home underdog of +135 or less. The Rockets are 10-1 (+10.45 units) over the last three seasons.
It’s clear that the Rockets are rarely a home underdog, but that’s the case on Saturday night against the Golden State Warriors. This is a small sample size trend, but it’s very telling because the Rockets defend their home court very well. Houston absolutely needs this game otherwise the series is all but officially over.
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