All 30 MLB teams are back in action on Friday and more NBA postseason fun is headed your way to head into the weekend. The NHL postseason is still on a break until tomorrow afternoon when the New York Rangers host Game 1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. There will be no daily betting trends article on Saturday or Sunday due to some scheduling conflicts, so any trends for the weekend will be included in this Friday edition of the top sports betting trends of the day. The good thing is that a lot of the baseball trends are repetitive, so those will have a shelf life throughout the weekend.
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Here are the top sports betting trends for May 15:
MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics (10:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in Oakland home games after a loss. The over is 10-0 (+10.4 units) this season.
Oakland has played a lot of overs regardless of the outcome of their previous game, but this trend checks in at a perfect 10-0 for Friday. The A’s will be facing rookie phenom Carlos Rodon for the first time and Rodon has some control issues. The A’s will send Jesse Hahn to the hill. The total on this game opened at 7, but has since been bet up to 7.5.
Bonus Trend: Play against Oakland using the money line in games with a total of 7 or less. The A’s are 22-35 (-21.9 units) over the last two seasons.
This trend no longer applies because of the line movement, but you should still file it away for future use.
NBA: Golden State Warriors at Memphis Grizzlies (9:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play under in Memphis games following a loss by 10 or more points. The under is 2-13 (+10.8 units) this season.
The Grizzlies lost 98-78 last game to set up an elimination game in Game 6. The Grizzlies have to make some adjustments offensively, but their defense has been plenty good enough in this series against the NBA’s best offensive team. The total for Friday night’s Game 6 is sitting at 194 and the initial money on the total has come in on the under.
Bonus Trend: Play on Memphis using the money line in games against Pacific Division opponents. The Grizzlies are 45-20 (+25.25 units) over the last three seasons.
MLB: Cleveland Indians at Texas Rangers (8:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Texas using the money line in all home games with a total of 9 or 9.5. The Rangers are 15-39 (-26.3 units) over the last two seasons.
A couple of veteran southpaws will be on the mound as Wandy Rodriguez opposes Bruce Chen. Rodriguez has been surprisingly good so far this season, while Chen was battered in his only start of the MLB season by the Minnesota Twins last weekend. The total has actually dropped from 9 to 8.5 on this game, so this trend no longer applies, but it’s one to keep in mind throughout the weekend and throughout the season for the Rangers.
Bonus Trend: Play over in Cleveland games in May. The over is 10-2 (+8 units) this season.
MLB: New York Yankees at Kansas City Royals (8:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Kansas City run line in home games with a run line of +1.5 (-155) to -1.5 (+160). The Royals are 21-13 (+19.55 units) over the last two seasons.
The first run line trend ever in the top trends of the day is on the Kansas City Royals, who are home underdog against Michael Pineda. Pineda is coming off of a 16-strikeout performance in his last start and the Royals are sending Chris Young to the mound. All of the money on this game has been on the Yankees. Kansas City +1.5 is currently sitting at -140.
NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Washington Wizards (7:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Atlanta using the money line in all games. The Hawks are 67-26 (+25.65 units) this season.
The Hawks have a chance to close out the Wizards in Game 6 on Friday night. They are a slight underdog of 2.5 points, so bettors looking to jump on the money line can catch the road team at a plus money price. The Hawks wrapped up the regular season with a 60-22 record and have seven of the eight wins needed to get to the conference finals.
Bonus Trend: Play over in Washington home games when revenging a loss versus an opponent. The over is 17-5 (+11.5 units) this season.
Bonus Trend 2: Play on Washington in the first half when revenging a loss versus an opponent. The Wizards are 56-30 (+23 units) over the last two seasons.
MLB: Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers (10:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in LA Dodgers home games. The over is 62-33 (+29.15 units) over the last two seasons.
Dodger Stadium isn’t the great pitcher’s park that some people perceive it to be. The Dodgers also have a lot of quality hitters in their order. Furthermore, the NL West has improved offensively over the last couple of years, so the Dodgers have given up runs more frequently as well. The over has been a great bet and will probably continue to be. Clayton Kershaw is on the hill on Friday, so we see a total of 6.5 against Eddie Butler.
Bonus Trend: Play on the Dodgers in home night games. They are 11-3 (+10.7 units) this season.
Bonus Trend 2: Play against Colorado using the money line in road night games. The Rockies are 18-53 (-32.33 units) over the last two seasons.
MLB: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Baltimore Orioles (7:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in LA Angels games as a road underdog of +100 to +125. The over is 24-9 (+14.5 units) over the last two seasons.
The Angels are a road dog in Friday’s matchup between Jered Weaver and Wei-Yin Chen. Weaver has declining skills and ugly peripherals and Chen is due for some regression, so taking over 8.5 may not be a bad idea. This line briefly touched 9 at some books before coming back down.
Bonus Trend: Play on Baltimore in night games. The Orioles are 81-52 (+33.75 units) over the last two seasons.
MLB: Atlanta Braves at Miami Marlins (7:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in Atlanta games against division opponents. The over is 17-6 (+11 units) this season.
The Braves and Marlins are back at it again with a pitching matchup of David Phelps against Julio Teheran. The total is sitting at 7.5 and the Braves have gotten steamed on the money line after they opened a significant underdog. The Braves have a lot of lefties in their lineup and they should have a platoon advantage over Phelps in this one.
NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers (1:00 p.m. ET Saturday)
Trend: Play against New York using the money line in home games after a three-game winning streak. The Rangers are 39-55 (-51.05 units) since 1992.
Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals is a Saturday matinee at Madison Square Garden. With the Preakness on NBC later that evening, the NHL scheduled this game in the afternoon to try and draw a big audience. The Rangers erased a 3-1 series deficit against the Washington Capitals to advance to the Conference Finals for the second straight season.
Bonus Trend: Play under in NY Rangers games against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season. The under is 40-20 (+19.6 units) over the last two seasons.
NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Anaheim Ducks (3:00 p.m. ET Sunday)
Trend: Play on Anaheim in home games with a total of 5 or less. The Ducks are 14-1 (+12.15 units) this season.
The Blackhawks swept the Minnesota Wild and the Ducks needed only five games to eliminate the Calgary Flames. These two teams have been idle for a while because they had to wait for the Eastern Conference Playoffs to wrap up. The series begins with Game 1 on Sunday afternoon in Anaheim.
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