It’s a relatively quiet Tuesday in the sports world. The month of April drags on in Major League Baseball and there are only two NBA playoff games on tap. The NHL takes a night off in anticipation of Wednesday’s Game 7 between the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning. The other seven first round series have already been decided. A full card of MLB games and two NBA playoff games mean 17 lined contests in the pro sports for April 28.
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Here are the top sports betting trends for April 28:
NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Houston Rockets (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Dallas against the spread in road games against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season. The Mavericks are 1-11 (-11.1 units) this season.
After forcing Game 5 with a victory on Sunday, the Dallas Mavericks would appear to be on the brink of elimination on Tuesday night. The Mavericks are just 1-11 against the number in road games against good teams in the second half and most of those situations are in the role of underdog. The Rockets are favored by seven points to finish off the series. The 1-11 is also Dallas’s straight up record in the second half.
MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Cincinnati Reds (7:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Milwaukee using the money line in night games. The Brewers are 1-12 (-12.1 units) this season.
The Brewers dropped another one on Tuesday night to the Cincinnati Reds and they are a huge underdog on Tuesday night. The Brewers send Kyle Lohse to the mound against Johnny Cueto. Milwaukee is just 4-16 on the season with 61 runs scored and 111 runs against. That is by far the worst run differential in Major League Baseball. The Reds are just 9-10 on the season, but their ace is on the hill tonight.
MLB: Chicago White Sox at Baltimore Orioles (7:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Baltimore using the money line in night games. The Orioles are 78-36 (+36.95 units) over the last two seasons.
Monday night’s game was postponed due to safety concerns over the Baltimore riots. The same pitching matchup is on tap for Tuesday night as Ubaldo Jimenez takes on Jeff Samardzija. Jimenez could be a good matchup against the free-swinging White Sox, assuming the game is played given all of the unrest in Baltimore.
MLB: Seattle Mariners 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 15-37 (-24.15 units) over the last two seasons.
Injuries took away a lot of the sting in the Texas Rangers lineup last season, so this trend is hardly a surprise. Tuesday night’s pitching matchup features JA Happ against Ross Detwiler, so oddsmakers and bettors are expecting some runs. The Mariners entered play yesterday last in the league in on-base percentage, so be careful with this game.
MLB: Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians (6:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Kansas City using the money line as a road underdog of +100 to +125. The Royals are 22-10 (+14.4 units) over the last two seasons.
The Royals bested reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber on Monday night and face another tough customer in Trevor Bauer on Tuesday night. The Indians offense is sputtering right now, wasting five walks from Jason Vargas in Monday’s game. The Royals are available in the +115 range for this game.
MLB: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Oakland Athletics (10:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Oakland using the money line in games with a total of 7 or less. The Athletics are 22-33 (-19.5 units) over the last two seasons.
Sonny Gray faces Jered Weaver in a battle of AL West teams that are very familiar with each other and very familiar with these two starting pitchers. Weaver’s declining skill set should be mitigated by the pitcher-friendly conditions of O.co Coliseum and Gray is a very solid starting pitcher. Oakland has not won these low-scoring affairs with great regularity over the last two seasons.
MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees (7:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against New York using the money line in all games on Tuesdays. The Yankees are 7-18 (-15.25 units) over the last two seasons.
For whatever reason, the Yankees have struggled on Tuesdays over the last two seasons. They send Chase Whitley to the hill tonight against Jake Odorizzi. It’s hard to pinpoint a cause for the bad Tuesday record, except maybe that Monday off days take the team out of its rhythm? In any event, the Yankees played on Monday, so if that’s the case, it doesn’t apply here.
NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play under in San Antonio in road games after scoring 105 or more points. The under is 51-15 (+34.5 units) over the last three seasons.
The San Antonio Spurs committed to playing defense during their late-season run and they’ll need to do a better job of that in Game 5 if they want to re-take the lead in the series. The Clippers host this critical Game 5 with the series tied at 2-2. The total is at 205 across the market.
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