A full slate of baseball and the continuation of the NBA and NHL playoffs await bettors on this Friday that precedes a nice, long weekend. Oddsmakers have been getting better setting the MLB betting market lately and bettors need to find any edge that they can to get a leg up on the books. These daily betting trends articles can be the edge that you need. With 15 MLB games and the Eastern Conference Finals in the NBA and NHL, it’s a good day to make some money, so let’s do that together.
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Here are the top sports betting trends for May 22:
NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks (8:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Atlanta using the money line when revenging a loss versus an opponent. The Hawks are 21-7 (+14 units) this season.
The Cavs and Hawks hit the floor for Game 2 on Friday night. The Hawks dropped Game 1 by a 97-89 score and are looking for a better result in this one. The early line movement on this game suggests that the Hawks are the right side, as they are now a favorite after opening a slight underdog. The status of DeMarre Carroll will probably affect this line throughout the day, so be aware of the latest about him.
Bonus Trend: Play on Cleveland in the first half against good offensive teams scoring 99 or more points per game in the second half of the season. The Cavs are 23-8 (+14.2 units) this season.
Bonus Trend 2: Play under in Atlanta home playoff games. The under is 37-12 (+23.8 units) since 1992.
MLB: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox (8:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Chicago using the run line in games as a home favorite with a run line price between +135 and +160. The White Sox are 4-32 (-25.95 units) over the last three seasons.
The White Sox have not been a good run line team as a favorite in that range, which is about what they are, depending on your sportsbook, with Jeff Samardzija on the mound against Phil Hughes. Samardzija has been very good of late, while Hughes has struggled throughout the season. The White Sox have dropped three straight, while the Twins have been one of the hottest teams in baseball. Initial line movement has been on the underdog, so this run line price is growing.
Bonus Trend: Play on Minnesota using the money line in night games. The Twins are 14-6 (+12.15 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.
A great pitching matchup is on tap for Friday night as Andrew Cashner goes for the Padres against Zack Greinke for the Dodgers. As a result, this game has a low total of 6.5. The Dodgers have had great success at Dodger Stadium against righties over the last two seasons, but they definitely face a tough customer in this one.
Bonus Trend: Play on Los Angeles in home games against right-handed starters. The Dodgers are 14-5 (+11.7 units) this season.
MLB: Oakland Athletics at Tampa Bay Rays (7:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in Oakland games. The over is 28-13 (+15.05 units) this season.
The A’s were shut down by Alex Colome and the Tampa Bay bullpen on Thursday night, but they have still cashed in for over bettors this season. Friday night’s game features a very good pitching matchup between Chris Archer and Scott Kazmir. As a result, the total is sitting at 7 and the under is juiced. Bettors looking at the over will get a nice return on investment if it comes through.
MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Kansas City Royals (8:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Kansas City using the money line in home games lined between +100 and -125. The Royals are 28-9 (+17.35 units) over the last two seasons.
The Royals send Chris Young to the hill against Lance Lynn of the Cardinals. The Royals are a slight home favorite at most books, but both teams are on the vig side of the line. The Royals are as high as -115 at one book on the early morning lines. The Royals have been very good in these closely-lined games over the last two seasons and early betting action is on the AL Central leaders.
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 21-9 (+13.7 units) this season.
Oddsmakers have left this total at 5 even though Game 3 saw 11 goals and Game 2 saw eight goals. The Rangers have been a very good road team throughout the season, though they have struggled on the road in the postseason. Tampa Bay has actually been growing as a favorite over the last couple of days, so bettors interested in backing the Rangers and this trend will get a better price.
MLB: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Boston Red Sox (7:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Boston using the money line with a home line of +100 to -125. The Red Sox are 8-21 (-16.55 units) over the last two seasons.
The Red Sox were really terrible last season, which is where the majority of this trend comes from. They have gotten some love in the betting market on the overnights to become a favorite against the Angels. Rick Porcello has the ball for the Angels against Garrett Richards. These are two de facto staff aces and Porcello has pitched much better of late.
Bonus Trend: Play under in Boston games in May. The under is 14-3 (+10.7 units) this season.
MLB: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies (8:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on San Francisco using the money line in May. The Giants are 32-14 (+19.55 units) over the last two seasons.
The Giants are rolling through another month of May in 2015 and beat Clayton Kershaw on Thursday afternoon to rack up another nice underdog victory. The Giants hit the road for Coors Field now and are essentially a money line pick ‘em in what projects to be a high-scoring game between Ryan Vogelsong and Kyle Kendrick.
MLB: Houston Astros at Detroit Tigers (7:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Houston using the money line in road games. The Astros are 12-4 (+10.32 units) this season.
The Astros send one of their two aces, Collin McHugh, to the hill against Alfredo Simon and the Tigers on Friday night. The Astros are a slight underdog for this one with a line hovering around even money. They have been a terrific team throughout the season, but they have experienced a lot of success on the road.
MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals (7:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Philadelphia using the run line in games as a road underdog when the run line price is +105 to +120. The Phillies are 3-19 (-15.8 units) since 1992.
The Phillies are an enormous underdog on Friday against Max Scherzer and the Nationals. Their run line is on the plus side, which tends to be an automatic bet for some MLB handicappers, but the Phils are just 3-19 when they are expected to get beat as badly as the line would suggest.
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