The Saturday slate in the NBA begins at 3 p.m. ET and runs late into the night as all four playoff games as spread out for the convenience of the fans. The NHL playoffs continue on Saturday with three elimination games. The Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames, and Washington Capitals all have a chance to advance to the second round. Fifteen more MLB games are on tap with seven day games and eight night games. It’s a busy day on the sports calendar and we’ve got the betting trends you need to make money.
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Here are the top sports betting trends for April 25:
NBA: Chicago Bulls at Milwaukee Bucks (5:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Milwaukee against the spread in home games versus good offensive teams scoring 99 or more points per game. The Bucks are 16-39 (-26.9 units) over the last three seasons.
The Bulls escaped with a double overtime victory in Game 3 to push the Bucks to the brink of elimination in Saturday’s Game 4. The Bucks failed to cover the number in their seven-point loss on Thursday, so they added another loss to this trend. After a lost like that, it’s hard to see the Bucks getting off the mat and they’re a five-point dog in this one as the betting market has sided with the road favorite.
NBA: Golden State Warriors at New Orleans Pelicans (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on New Orleans against the spread in games as an underdog. The Pelicans are 28-13 (+13.7 units) this season.
The Pelicans picked up their third cover of the series, but they certainly wanted more than that out of Game 3. The Pelicans took a 20-point lead into the fourth quarter and lost in on a game-tying three from Stephen Curry. The Pelicans were able to keep it close in overtime, but that was a demoralizing loss to fall into a 3-0 hole. The line is higher for this game as the Pelicans are a seven-point underdog, with early money on the Warriors.
NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Brooklyn Nets (3:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Atlanta against the spread in road games with a total between 200 and 204.5. The Hawks are 10-1 (+8.9 units) this season.
This total certainly seems a little bit high with two games that stayed well below this total in Atlanta. In any event, the Hawks have been good in games played at this projected pace. The total currently sits at 200.5 at most shops across the market, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see it come down throughout the morning. If it stays there, this trend will apply and the Hawks have been very good in that scenario.
NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Brooklyn Nets (3:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Atlanta using the money line in all games. The Hawks are 59-21 (+28.75 units) this season.
The Hawks have been a good bet both against the spread and on the money line this season. They are favored by 2.5 points in Saturday’s Game 3 after a couple of lackluster showings at home in Games 1 and 2. The Hawks won both of those games, but neither of them were convincing. As a result, the betting market is on the Nets and that is adding some extra value to the Hawks money line.
NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Portland Trail Blazers (10:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Memphis using the money line in all games with two days rest. The Grizzlies are 34-9 (+22.6 units) over the last two seasons.
After two blowout wins at home, the Grizzlies are hoping for similar results as the series shifts to Portland. The Trail Blazers are three-point home favorites in this one, which seems rather telling given how poorly they played in Games 1 and 2. The Grizzlies have certainly enjoyed the rest after dealing with several nagging injuries down the stretch and into the playoffs. Memphis is an attractive plus money dog if you can pull the trigger.
NHL: Nashville Predators at Chicago Blackhawks (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Nashville using the money line in all games after scoring four or more goals in their previous game. The Predators are 6-17 (-14.75 units) this season.
The Predators better hope this trend doesn’t stand up on Saturday or it will mean the end of their season. After scoring three goals in 2:47 early in the third period and adding an empty netter late, the Predators scored five goals to send the series back to Chicago. The Predators scored six goals in Game 2 and lost Game 3, so there is a recent example of this trend. Shea Weber remains out for the Preds as they look to stay alive on Saturday.
MLB: New York Mets at New York Yankees (4:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on New York Mets using the money line in road day games. The Mets are 38-22 (+26.74 units) over the last three seasons.
The Mets send Matt Harvey to the hill for Matt Harvey Day against CC Sabathia and the Yankees. Matt Harvey Day has become a cause for celebration for the Mets faithful and he is lined as a road favorite in this one, though initial money on the overnight line came in on Sabathia. As mentioned in Thursday’s edition of The Bettor’s Box, Adam Burke mentioned concerns about the Mets having to add an extra hitter to an already-thin lineup and what that might mean in an AL park. The Mets lost 6-1 in Game 1.
MLB: Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles (7:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Baltimore using the money line in home night games. The Orioles are 45-20 (+23.1 units) over the last two seasons.
The Orioles dropped Friday night’s game to fall to 45-20 on this trend, but they’ve still turned a nice profit for bettors over the last couple of seasons in home games. The Orioles send Wei-Yin Chen to the hill as a small favorite against Justin Masterson on Saturday night at Camden Yards in an attempt to bounce back.
NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning (6:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Detroit using the money line versus division opponents. The Red Wings are 12-22 (-16.05 units) this season.
The Red Wings let Game 4 slip away and went back to Tampa Bay tied 2-2 with the Lightning. The Lightning had the best home record in the NHL during the regular season, so this is definitely a tough spot for the Wings off of Thursday’s demoralizing loss. Detroit really scuffled down the stretch, especially against Atlantic Division competition, and nearly lost their playoff spot because of it. The Bolts are a big favorite in the -185 range to take a 3-2 series lead.
NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Calgary Flames (9:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Calgary using the money line in home games after a division games. The Flames are 15-3 (+12.2 units) this season.
The Flames can dispatch the Canucks with a win on home ice in this one. The Canucks eked out a 2-1 win on Thursday night behind Ryan Miller to stay alive in the series, but Jonas Hiller made 41 saves in the loss for the Flames. Calgary won both games at home earlier in the series and has controlled the pace of play for four of the five games that have been played thus far.
NHL: Washington Capitals at New York Islanders (3:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against New York using the money line in Saturday games. The Islanders are 15-31 (-21 units) over the last two seasons.
The Islanders have their backs against the wall in Game 6 thanks to Washington’s lopsided 5-1 victory in Game 5. The Islanders had a golden chance to put the pressure on the Capitals in Game 4, but Nicklas Backstrom’s overtime game-winner evened up the series and the Capitals took full advantage in Game 5. The Islanders are favored in the -125 to -130 range to extend the series to a seventh game.
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