The NBA playoffs return tonight after a rare night off with two Game 3 matchups. The Chicago Bulls host the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Clippers host the Houston Rockets. Both series are tied at 1-1. Two NHL playoff games are on tap as the Washington Capitals try to finish off the New York Rangers and the Anaheim Ducks attempt to take a commanding 3-1 series lead against the Calgary Flames. Fifteen more MLB games are on the docket as it’s a regular day of betting action for the month of May.
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Here are the top sports betting trends for May 8:
NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Calgary Flames (9:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Calgary on the money line in home games after a division game. The Flames are 17-3 (+14.4 units) this season.
Calgary salvaged their postseason with a dramatic come-from-behind win in Game 3 on Johnny Gaudreau’s game-tying goal with 19.5 seconds left and Mikael Backlund’s overtime winner. With the win, the Flames cut their deficit in half at 2-1, but oddsmakers and bettors hold a similar mindset about Game 4. Anaheim opened -135 and has been bet up into the -145 range.
NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls (7:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Chicago using the money line when revenging a loss versus an opponent. The Bulls are 73-42 (+43.55 units) over the last three seasons.
The Bulls are favored by 1.5 for Game 3 of their series against the Cavs. The Cavs made some adjustments in Game 2 that paid off handsomely as they jumped out to a 38-18 lead after the first quarter. The Bulls will make some adjustments for Game 3 on their home floor. This is a large sample size, so there is some credence to this trend.
MLB: Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (10:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Houston using the money line in road games. The Astros are 11-2 (+11.32 units) this season.
The Astros are rolling on the road, winners of 11 of 13. It took a Huston Street blown save for the Astros to come back and win on Thursday night, but a win is a win. The Astros send Roberto Hernandez to the mound on Friday night against Jered Weaver. The Astros are an underdog in the +120 range.
MLB: Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners (10:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Oakland using the money line in road games with a total of 7 or less. The A’s are 4-17 (-14.1 units) over the last two seasons.
The Oakland offense has been very good to start the season and the pitching staff has been a little bit shaky. On Friday night, Oakland ace Sonny Gray goes up against Taijuan Walker. The total is sitting at 7 after the A’s and Twins played several high-scoring games during the week. The Mariners have one of the worst offenses outside of Nelson Cruz this season.
MLB: Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers (7:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Kansas City using the money line in road night games. The Royals are 44-23 (+24.35 units) over the last two seasons.
The scrappy Royals are capable of winning anywhere and they go into this series with some good momentum. They took two of three from the Indians after splitting with the Tigers last weekend. These two AL Central titans are pretty evenly matched, but in different ways. David Price is a sizable favorite over Yordano Ventura in this one.
MLB: Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees (7:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Baltimore using the money line in night games. The Orioles are 79-49 (+35.05 units) over the last two seasons.
As mentioned earlier in the week, a large portion of this trend dates back to last season. The Orioles are hovering around .500 in night games this season. Miguel Gonzalez is an underdog against Adam Warren in this Friday night matchup between AL East rivals.
MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates (7:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Pittsburgh using the money line in Friday home games. The Pirates are 13-1 (+11.95 units) over the last two seasons.
The Cardinals are red hot right now with the best record in baseball. The Pirates have struggled mightily with some bad offensive performances and some inconsistent starting pitching. This is a great pitching matchup between Michael Wacha and Francisco Liriano. Liriano is a home favorite and the betting market has bumped the line up about 10 cents.
NBA: Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Los Angeles using the money line when revenging a loss versus an opponent. The Clippers are 20-10 (+12.05 units) this season.
The Clippers are looking to avenge their Game 2 loss to the Rockets. Los Angeles took away home court advantage with a Game 1 win, even with the absence of Chris Paul. Paul did not play in Game 2 either. The Clippers are favored in the -4 or -4.5 range with Paul’s status listed as questionable for Friday’s game.
MLB: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals (7:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over Atlanta on the total in games following a win. The over is 11-1 (+10.1 units) this season.
This seems like a significant trend as the Braves have been able to follow up their momentum. Of course, some of their pitchers have been battered around the ballpark as well. Eric Stults and Gio Gonzalez are on the hill in this game with a total of 7.5.
MLB: Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians (7:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in Cleveland games when playing a team with a winning record. The over is 10-1 (+9.05 units) this season.
The Indians pitching staff has been rocked by the Tigers and Royals throughout the season to put this trend together. The Minnesota offense is definitely underrated so far this season. Trevor Bauer takes on Mike Pelfrey in this start with a total of 8.5.
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