It’s a rare Monday in that 28 of the 30 Major League Baseball teams are in action. Normally Mondays are reserved for off days, but there’s no rest for the weary, with the exception of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Oakland Athletics. Two elimination games are on tap in the NHL as the Detroit Red Wings can finish off the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders line up for a winner-take-all Game 7. In the NBA, three games are on the docket, including elimination games for the Milwaukee Bucks against the Chicago Bulls and the Portland Trail Blazers against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Brooklyn Nets try to even up their series with the Atlanta Hawks. That slate of games provides us with a lot of betting trends to make money to kickstart the work week.
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Here are the top sports betting trends for April 27:
NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Portland Trail Blazers (10:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Portland against the spread in home games after three or more consecutive losses. The Trail Blazers are 3-16 (-14.6 units) over the last three seasons.
The Memphis Grizzlies can finish off the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 4 and that’s a big deal for the Grizzlies. Not only would they advance to the second round, but they can get some rest for some of their injured players. Bettors are expecting the Trail Blazers to make one last stand at home as they have increased from -2 to -3 with some signs of the number moving up to -3.5. The Trail Blazers have not fared well covering numbers during losing streaks, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens with the only ATS trend on our list for today.
NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Chicago Bulls (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Chicago using the money line in all games when revenging a loss versus an opponent. The Bulls are 71-41 (+44.45 units) over the last three seasons.
The Chicago Bulls can eliminate the Milwaukee Bucks by holding serve at home as an 8.5-point favorite. The Bulls have been a good bounce back team after losses to opponents, posting a 71-41 money line record, mostly as a favorite in those games. The Bucks were able to squeak out a 92-90 win to keep the series going, but this was expected to be a quick series and the Bulls can fulfill that prediction with a win. Given Kevin Love’s injury for the Cavs, the Bulls would certainly like to end this series right here so they can start the next one quickly.
NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Portland Trail Blazers (10:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Portland using the money line in April games. The Trail Blazers are 2-9 (-12.7 units) this month.
The Trail Blazers have had a rough month of April, so here’s more ammunition to back the Grizzlies in Game 4. Memphis has taken advantage of a Blazers team that lacks depth with Arron Afflalo and Wesley Matthews sidelined with injuries. Afflalo may be back for Game 4, but his effectiveness would be called into question if he can go. Portland limped into the playoffs and they’ve carried that trend right on through the first three games in this series.
NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Brooklyn Nets (7:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Atlanta using the money line in all games. The Hawks are 62-23 (+29 units) this season.
The Hawks were 60-22 during the regular season and have a 2-1 lead in this series against the Nets. The Hawks are pretty banged up right now and they did not play well in the first two games of this series. The net result, pardon the pun, was a Game 3 loss on the road. The Hawks are listed as four-point chalk in this matchup, with a couple of books showing 4.5.
MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Cincinnati Reds (7:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Milwaukee using the money line in all games. The Brewers are 4-15 (-11.8 units) this season.
It’s been a rough road for the Brewers, but they did beat Lance Lynn and the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday to avoid the sweep. Now they head to Cincinnati to take on Jason Marquis and the Reds. Jimmy Nelson takes the hill for the Brewers in this game and he has been their best starter to date this season. The Brewers are an underdog anywhere from -103 to +110 after opening a favorite at 5Dimes.
MLB: Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians (6:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Kansas City using the money line in road night games. The Royals are 42-21 (+23.85 units) over the last two seasons.
The Royals have a juicy underdog price in this game if you believe in them and in this trend. Jason Vargas goes up against reigning Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber as an underdog in the +140 range. The Royals have a decided defensive advantage over just about every team they play, and that’s especially true of their games against the Indians. The Indians have one win in seven tries against left-handed starters this season.
MLB: Chicago White Sox at Baltimore Orioles (7:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Baltimore using the money line in home night games. The Orioles are 46-20 (+24.1 units) over the last two seasons.
The Orioles send Ubaldo Jimenez to the mound against Hector Noesi in a Monday night matchup. The Orioles are a favorite in the -140 to -150 range for this one as Jimenez has surprisingly thrown the ball extremely well. The Orioles steamrolled everybody en route to the playoffs last season and played very well both at home and away. The White Sox just swept an abbreviated doubleheader against the Royals with a win in the completion of a suspended game and in the scheduled Sunday game, so they have a little momentum for this one.
NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings (7:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in Tampa Bay games on the road after allowing four or more goals. The over is 15-4 (+10.9 units) over the last two seasons.
Petr Mrazek shut out Tampa Bay in Game 5 and now the Red Wings can advance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a win at home. Losing at home was a big blow to Tampa Bay’s chances because they had the best home record in the league and finished the season below .500 on the road. The Lightning will play with a lot of desperation in this game and that could certainly lead to some offensive fireworks.
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