Another work week begins with a smaller betting card than what we have been seeing lately. Only two NHL playoff teams will be in action tonight with Game 3 of the series between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers. The second round of the NBA playoffs begins for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, and Houston Rockets. It is a very quick turnaround for the Clippers, who are expected to be without Chris Paul. The Cavs begin life without Kevin Love.

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Here are the top sports betting trends for May 4:

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers (7:00 p.m. ET)

Trend: Play on Chicago using the money line in road games when revenging a loss versus an opponent. The Bulls are 27-12 (+24.85 units) over the last two seasons.

We start with a juicy money line trend for the NBA playoffs. The Bulls are a five-point underdog for Game 1 in Cleveland after their historic blowout of the Milwaukee Bucks to wrap up that series. The Bulls played really well down the stretch in the regular season, but they lost 99-94 to the Cavs on April 5 to activate this revenge-based trend. It will be very interesting to watch the lines throughout this series.

NHL: New York Rangers at Washington Capitals (7:30 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 20-6 (+15.8 units) this season.

The Rangers play perfect road games, as Adam Burke described in his preview of Game 3. They won both road games in their series against Pittsburgh by a 2-1 score to add to this trend. Depending on where the line closes, the Rangers could be an underdog for the first time this postseason in Game 3. Given this trend, they should be a good bet for Monday night.

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Milwaukee Brewers (7:20 p.m. ET)

Trend: Play against Milwaukee using the money line in night games. The Brewers are 1-13 (-13.1 units) this season.

The Brewers are in a state of transition right now. Doug Melvin has made it known that the veterans on the team are available for the right price. He also made a change in the dugout by firing Ron Roenicke. The Brewers will roll with former MLB player Craig Counsell as the skipper for the rest of the season. Oh, and they face Clayton Kershaw on Monday. The Brewers are a big dog at home.

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox (7:10 p.m. ET)

Trend: Play against Boston using the money line in home games against a team with a winning record. The Red Sox are 15-33 (-23.65 units) over the last two seasons.

It wasn’t pretty for the Red Sox this past weekend against the Yankees. They open up their series against the Rays as a favorite with Clay Buchholz on the bump against Jake Odorizzi. Odorizzi has pitched quite well for the Rays so far this season and Buchholz has been inconsistent, like the Red Sox as a whole.

MLB: Texas Rangers at Houston Astros (8:10 p.m. ET)

Trend: Play on Houston using the money line in all games. The Astros are 18-7 (+13.22 units) this season.

The red hot Astros have rattled off 10 straight victories and are a -190 favorite to rattle off their 11th straight with Dallas Keuchel on the mound against Ross Detwiler. The Astros are among the league leaders in several offensive categories and their collection of right-handed power bats is making a major impact.

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Houston Rockets (9:30 p.m. ET)

Trend: Play under in Houston home games against poor defensive teams allowing 99 or more points per game. The under is 20-6 (+13.4 units) this season.

The Rockets play games at their pace at home and that is going to be an issue for a Clippers team that may be without Chris Paul in Game 1. The total is lined at 212 for this game, so oddsmakers are expecting some points to be scored, even though they have to have access to a trend like this. If they don’t, then you have an edge over the sportsbooks by being a reader of BangTheBook.

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Minnesota Twins (8:10 p.m. ET)

Trend: Play over in all Oakland games. The over is 19-6 (+13.25 units) this season.

Oakland has a potent offense and the Minnesota Twins offense isn’t all that shabby in its own right. This is a series that Adam Burke believes could have a lot of runs, as he discussed in Monday’s edition of The Bettor’s Box. Jesse Hahn faces Phil Hughes in the first game of the series on Monday night.

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers (7:00 p.m. ET)

Trend: Play under in Cleveland home games after three or more consecutive unders. The under is 13-2 (+10.8 units) over the last two seasons.

The Cavs tightened up defensively in the series against the Boston Celtics and finished out the series with three straight unders. The initial move on this game in the betting market has been on the under with a total of 193.5. Like the sides in this game, it will be interesting to see how totals are lined with two teams that are so familiar with each other.

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