It’s going to be very hard to top the Saturday we had in the world of sports. The Kentucky Derby was one of the best races in recent memory and the Game 7 showdown between the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs was everything we could have hoped and then some. The Mayweather/Pacquiao fight had its moments and the rematch should be coming down the pike in a year or two. With all of that out of the way, we turn our attention to Sunday with the start of the second round in the NBA playoffs and more action from the NHL playoffs. Another full card of 15 games is on tap for Major League Baseball.
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Here are the sports betting trends of the day for May 3:
NBA: Washington Wizards at Atlanta Hawks (1:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Atlanta against the spread when playing a team with a winning record. The Hawks are 25-10 (+14 units) this season.
The Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks start off their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals series in the NBA playoffs on Sunday afternoon. The Hawks knocked off the sub-.500 Brooklyn Nets in six games in the first round. The Wizards have been idle for a week after sweeping the Toronto Raptors right out of the postseason. The Hawks are listed as a five-point favorite for Game 1.
NBA: Washington Wizards at Atlanta Hawks (1:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Atlanta using the money line when revenging a loss against an opponent. The Hawks are 19-6 (+14.2 units) this season.
Two trends in support of the Hawks to kick off the Sunday edition of the top sports betting trends. The Hawks really did a number on Eastern Conference opponents during the regular season and had some good bounce back ability throughout the year. The Wizards won 108-99 back on April 12 in the last meeting of the regular season between the two teams.
MLB: Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers (3:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Oakland using the money line in day games. The Athletics are 0-8 (-10 units) this season.
The Oakland A’s are just 10-15 on the season so far and struggles in day games have been a big part of the problem. Oakland has dropped all eight day games this season, for whatever reason. The betting market is coming in against Sonny Gray with a 10-cent line move on Yovani Gallardo for Sunday’s matinee series finale. The over has also been a very profitable bet in A’s games this season.
NHL: Calgary Flames at Anaheim Ducks (10:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Anaheim using the money line in all games after scoring four or more goals in their previous game. The Ducks are 49-16 (+28.85 units) over the last two seasons.
This trend applied in Game 1 and the Ducks rolled to an easy victory. It applies once again in Game 2 and the Ducks are a huge favorite to open up a 2-0 series lead. The Ducks are as high as -220 after a 6-1 win in the opening game of the series. The Flames are going to turn to Karri Ramo to try and turn the tide after Jonas Hiller struggled in Game 1.
MLB: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox (8:05 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 15-32 (-22.35 units) over the last two seasons.
The Red Sox were awful last season and they have gotten off to a slow start this season as well. They are now 6-9 against teams with .500 or better records on the season and have not played well in this series against the Yankees. Fenway Park has not been the type of home field advantage the Red Sox expected, though they are favored once again on Sunday as Joe Kelly takes on Adam Warren.
NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors (3:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Memphis using the money line in road games against Pacific Division opponents. The Grizzlies are 14-4 (+12.4 units) over the last two seasons.
The Grizzlies certainly have a tough task in the second round as a 10-point underdog in Game 1 of what could be a quick series against the Warriors. The Grizzlies have done well with the long trip out west because they play a slow-paced, defensive style that goes against what the west coast teams want to do. Whether or not it will help in this series remains to be seen, but they are a double-digit dog for a reason.
MLB: Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres (4:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Colorado using the money line in all games as a road underdog of +150 to +175. The Rockies are 5-28 (-20.1 units) over the last three seasons.
With Tyler Matzek on the bump, the Rockies are a big underdog against James Shields and the Padres. The Rockies were an awful road team last season with a record of 21-60, so odds are that has a lot to do with this trend. San Diego money could come in, but this trend should still be applicable at most books.
NHL: Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks (8:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Minnesota using the money line in road games against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season. The Wild are 12-5 (+9.2 units) this season.
Minnesota dropped Game 1, but they showed a lot of heart and resilience fighting back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game less than halfway through the second period. The Blackhawks are a -135 favorite for this matchup, so bettors will get a nice plus money price on the road team.
MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs (2:20 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Milwaukee using the money line in all games. The Brewers are 6-18 (-12.55 units) this season.
The Brewers have won a couple of games recently, but they still have one of the league’s worst records and worst run differentials at 6-18 and -43. Even with Jason Hammel on the mound, the Cubs are a -155 favorite, which is a good indication of where the Brewers stand at this point in the season.
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