Seven more playoff games highlight the Thursday night betting card with a slightly smaller MLB schedule due to a travel day for some of the league’s teams. Three NBA Game 3’s are in the spotlight as the series all shift from the top seed’s home court to the other team’s. All three NBA series in action on Thursday are 2-0. In the NHL, two series can end tonight as the Nashville Predators and Vancouver Canucks face elimination at home.

A couple of ATS trends come from the NBA games, but it’s mostly money line trends from here on out until football season returns. Become a subscriber of the BangTheBook Betting Center with in-depth stats and trends from 25 years of final scores and first half results.

Here are the top sports betting trends for April 23:

NBA: Golden State Warriors at New Orleans Pelicans (9:30 p.m. ET)

Trend: Play on Golden State against the spread when playing with two days rest. The Warriors are 15-3 (+11.7 units) over the last two seasons.

Bettors seem to be convinced that the Pelicans can make a game of it in Game 3 at home on Thursday night. This line opened Golden State -5.5 and has inched down to -5 with some early Pelicans money. The rest may have helped the Pelicans more than the Warriors, as New Orleans looked gassed in the second half of Game 2. Golden State’s tempo is a weapon and they’re going to be fresh as well. There are a lot of angles to betting either side, but this trend is dominant.

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Milwaukee Bucks (8:00 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 16-38 (-25.8 units) over the last three seasons.

At first glance, this line looks short given how much of a struggle it was for Milwaukee to score points in the first two games of the series. Chicago is a three-point road favorite and they have been clicking for the last several weeks now. The line and the movement down to 2.5 at some shops is concerning. The sample size of this trend is a tad misleading because the Bucks are a lot better now than they were a year or two ago, but there are some 2014-15 results in there as well.

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays (7:05 p.m. ET)

Trend: Play on Baltimore using the money line in night games. The Orioles are 77-43 (+39.1 units) over the last two seasons.

This series has not gone well for the O’s, who have dropped the first two games. The Orioles are just 4-4 in night games so far this season, so the majority of this trend is based on last season’s results. In any event, Baltimore has been a solid team under Buck Showalter and this is a big chance to avoid a sweep against a division rival. The Blue Jays are 5-1 during the day and just 3-6 at night on the season.

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

Trend: Play against Tampa Bay in games played in a dome. The Rays are 37-51 (-31.7 units) over the last two seasons.

The Rays struggled at home and in Toronto last season to produce this trend. The Rays are also just 2-6 at home on the season so far, even though they are 7-8 overall. The Red Sox lost as road chalk to the Rays on Wednesday night, but they are lined as a money line pick ‘em in the -110 range for Thursday’s matchup. The Rays send Jake Odorizzi to the mound against Clay Buchholz.

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Chicago White Sox (8:10 p.m. ET)

Trend: Play on Kansas City using the money line in road night games. The Royals are 41-21 (+22.45 units) over the last two seasons.

The Royals have been a strong team away from home over the last two seasons, including a 4-2 start to the 2015 campaign. They have a stiff test on Thursday night against Chris Sale, but their ace, Yordano Ventura, is on the mound and the Royals have one of the game’s best defensive teams. They are also hitting the cover off the ball right now with 81 runs scored and a +32 run differential.

NHL: Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks (10:00 p.m. ET)

Trend: Play on Calgary using the money line in road games versus division opponents. The Flames are 11-5 (+10 units) this season.

Calgary has the opportunity to close out their series against the Vancouver Canucks after winning Games 3 and 4 at home. The Flames made the playoffs on the strength of their play against the Pacific Division, specifically on the road. Winning on the road is critical in the NHL playoffs and the Flames managed a split in Vancouver in Games 1 and 2. They are a +135 underdog to finish off the series.

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics (7:00 p.m. ET)

Trend: Play on Boston using the money line in all games in the second half of the season. The Celtics are 24-14 (+14 units) this season.

The Celtics roared into the playoffs and are a live underdog at home in this one. The Cavs are favored by 4.5 points at most shops and that leaves bettors with a good plus money price on the C’s in this one. Cole Ryan had some great thoughts on this game in his Betting the Buckets NBA Betting Podcast, so check that out for more in-depth analysis.

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers (1:40 p.m. ET)

Trend: Play against Milwaukee using the money line in April games. The Brewers are 2-13 (-12.2 units) this season.

Things have been ugly for the Milwaukee Brewers thus far with 13 losses in 15 games. The Brewers already have a -47 run differential with 42 runs scored and 89 runs allowed. They are 1-8 at home. Homer Bailey is a small favorite over Kyle Lohse in his second start of the season, but money has come in on the Brewers, so the betting market is speaking against this trend.

NBA: Golden State Warriors at New Orleans Pelicans (9:30 p.m. ET)

Trend: Play on New Orleans using the money line in home games against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season. The Pelicans are 8-2 (+11.4 units) this season.

The Pelicans stepped it up late in the year, including their win over the San Antonio Spurs to get into the playoffs. They’re clearly taking on a team with a winning record, so we have dueling trends in this game for you to consider. The Warriors have been a covering machine with rest and the Pelicans have been a good bet at home against quality competition. The Pelicans money line is in the +175 to +180 range.

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