The second round of the NHL playoffs is over and we await the start of the third round this weekend. There is still a lot to be decided in the NBA playoffs as every second round series will go at least six games, including tonight’s two contests. Game 6 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls tips off first and will be followed by Game 6 between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers. Thursday in Major League Baseball often means a shorter schedule and that’s the case for this one with some getaway day games and several teams idle.
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Here are the top sports betting trends for May 14:
MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Cleveland Indians (12:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in Cleveland games in May. The over is 10-1 (+9.05 units) this season.
It took a boatload of men left on base and a ridiculously dominant performance from Corey Kluber to snap the over trend for the Indians. Kluber struck out 18 Cardinals in a masterpiece that gave the Indians a chance to win the series. Their offense, specifically Michael Brantley, left a lot of runners on base, but they had chances. Michael Wacha faces Trevor Bauer on Thursday with a total of 7.5.
MLB: Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers (1:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Detroit using the money line in day games. The Tigers are 14-3 (+14.15 units) this season.
The Tigers have been excellent during the day and are now 6-11 in night games. They play a getaway day game on Thursday against the AL Central rival Minnesota Twins. Mike Pelfrey is on the bump for the Twins against Anibal Sanchez for the Tigers. Detroit is favored in the -175 range.
NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Chicago using the money line when revenging a loss versus an opponent. The Bulls are 74-43 (+43.55 units) over the last three seasons.
The Bulls failed to follow this trend in their Game 5 loss at Cleveland and have lost two straight games in the series. The betting market certainly favored the Bulls in this situation as the line opened pick ‘em and the Bulls quickly moved to a two-point favorite. Pau Gasol is expected to return to the lineup for the Bulls.
Bonus Trend: Play on Cleveland in the first half of all games versus good offensive teams scoring 99 or more points per game in the second half of the season. The Cavs are 21-8 (+12.2 units) this season.
MLB: Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers (10:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in LA Dodgers home games against right-handed starters. The over is 53-24 (+29.25 units) over the last two seasons.
The Dodgers will take their cuts against Chad Bettis on Thursday, who will be making his first start of the season. The Dodgers are a big favorite in the -180 range with Brett Anderson on the bump with a total of 7.5. Expect that total to go up as people realize the pitching matchup.
Bonus Trend: The Dodgers are 14-1 (+12.6 units) at home this season against right-handed starters.
Bonus Trend 2: Play on Los Angeles in home games. The Dodgers are 15-3 (+12.85 units) this season.
MLB: Kansas City Royals at Texas Rangers (2:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Texas using the money line in all games at home with a total of 9 or 9.5. The Rangers are 15-39 (-26.3 units) over the last two seasons.
Ross Detwiler takes the mound on Thursday against Jeremy Guthrie. Both guys have had their struggles this season and oddsmakers are definitely expecting some runs in this matchup. The Rangers offense was decimated by injuries last season. Last season’s results make up a large portion of this trend, so be careful applying it to this season.
MLB: New York Mets at Chicago Cubs (2:20 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on New York in road day games. The Mets are 22-10 (+15.95 units) over the last two seasons.
A couple of southpaws will take the mound on Thursday afternoon at famous Wrigley Field as Jon Niese opposes Travis Wood. The Cubs are lined in the -125 range to grab this game after picking up the win on Wednesday night against Matt Harvey. The Mets have good pitching and teams don’t bring full offensive efforts to some day games, so that has certainly played a role in this trend.
MLB: Boston Red Sox at Seattle Mariners (10:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in Boston road games played on a grass field. The over is 10-1 (+9.1 units) this season.
The Red Sox move up the Pacific Coast to take on the Mariners for a four-game weekend set. Wade Miley threw a gem to snap this trend on Wednesday, but it could very well start back up again on Thursday. Joe Kelly has the mound against Roenis Elias. The total of this game is at 7.5, with the under sitting at -120 in the market.
NBA: Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Los Angeles using the money line in all games when revenging a loss. The Clippers are 21-10 (+13.05 units) this season.
The Clippers can put away the Rockets in Game 6 and are a big favorite to do exactly that. Los Angeles is favored by 8.5 points and the betting market has been pouring money in on the home team. Over money has also been coming in at a steady pace. The Clippers have been a good bounce back team throughout the season and they played poorly in Game 5.
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