Three NBA playoff games for this Wednesday night are the highlight of a sports betting card that includes four NHL playoff games and 15 MLB games. The lone day game in baseball today is between the Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians. A series of money line trends and totals should yield some good profit potential for readers today. Don’t hesitate to 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 22:
NHL: New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins (7:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on New York using the money line in road games with a total of 5 or less. The Rangers are 19-6 (+14.8 units) this season.
This trend held up in Game 3 as the Rangers downed the Penguins by a 2-1 final score. The Penguins are a home underdog once again in their effort to tie the series at 2-2. Evgeni Malkin has yet to record a point in the series and Henrik Lundqvist has outshined Marc-Andre Fleury. The Rangers played a perfect road game on Monday by controlling the pace and staying out of the penalty box. That type of play will keep games low scoring and that’s just what the Rangers want.
NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Atlanta Hawks (7:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Atlanta using the money line in all games. The Hawks are 61-22 (+29.75 units) this season.
The Hawks were the top seed in the Eastern Conference, due in large part to their epic winning streak that took up nearly a quarter of the NBA season. They are just shy of being a double-digit favorite for Wednesday night’s matchup against the Nets. Some books are still holding out at 10, but most have dropped below to 9.5. The Hawks are a hefty price to pay on the money line, but they have made a good profit for money line players and won outright in Game 1.
NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against San Antonio using the money line when playing with two days rest. The Spurs are 4-8 (-15.4 units) this season.
After the Clippers dominated the Spurs in Game 1 of their best-of-seven Western Conference series, the Spurs are back at it as a minor underdog in Game 2. The Clippers are favored by a point, though some books remain at -1.5. For whatever reason, the aging Spurs have had problems with a little bit of extra rest this season, which may be a sign of their inability to maintain intensity. That shouldn’t be an issue in a playoff game, so there are other wagering angles for bettors looking to take a side in this game, but this has been a profitable trend to use against the Spurs.
NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Winnipeg Jets (9:30 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 47-16 (+26.8 units) over the last two seasons.
The Ducks came away with a 5-4 overtime win in Game 3 in front of a raucous crowd of 15,000 at the cozy MTS Centre in Winnipeg. The expectation from oddsmakers is for another great crowd and a Jets win, so the Ducks are available in the +105 to 110 range. The Jets have taken a lead into the third period in every game of the series and the Ducks keep finding ways to win. They can finish off a first-round sweep in this one.
NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Memphis Grizzlies (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Memphis using the money line in home games after a win by 10 or more points. The Grizzlies are 10-1 (+9 units) this season.
After the banged up Grizzlies made a statement in Game 1, oddsmakers bumped up the Game 2 line to 6.5 points. Memphis and Portland are both dealing with some injury issues, but the Grizzlies were severely hampered down the stretch. The fact that they won so convincingly in Game 1 opened a lot of eyes. This is a powerful trend because the Grizzlies have shown the ability to sustain momentum. Given the NBA trends in this article, a money line parlay of the favorites appears to be a good idea.
MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays (7:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Tampa Bay using the money line in home games. The Rays are 37-50 (-30.55 units) over the last two seasons.
The Rays dropped another one at home on Tuesday night to fall to 1-6 at the Trop. The Rays were one of the worst teams to bet on for the majority of last season and their inability to win at home was a big reason why. The Rays are a home underdog against Joe Kelly with Nate Karns on the mound, which is a sign of just how tough things have been for the team.
NHL: St. Louis Blues at Minnesota Wild (9:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Minnesota using the money line in all games after shutting out their opponent. The Wild are 15-3 (+12.95 units) over the last two seasons.
This is a strong trend. Following their Game 3 shutout, the Wild have a chance to take control of the series and grab a 3-1 lead before the series heads back to St. Louis for Game 5. A little bit of early money has trickled in on the Blues, but Minnesota remains a favorite in the -130 to -135 range. Devan Dubnyk was acquired midseason and has been the saving grace for the Wild. After posting his first career playoff shutout in Game 3, it will be interesting to see what he has for an encore.
MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays (7:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Baltimore using the money line in road games against division opponents. The Orioles are 29-17 (+18 units) over the last two seasons.
The Orioles came up short in Tuesday night’s game that was filled with fireworks. Edwin Encarnacion hit two very long home runs. A pitch was thrown behind Jose Bautista, who subsequently hit a home run and watched his work before trotting slowly around the bases. Words were exchanged between both teams and there could be some bean balls in this one. In any event, the Orioles have been a good road team of late and are a slight underdog for Wednesday night.
MLB: Houston Astros at Seattle Mariners (10:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Seattle using the money line in night games. The Mariners are 1-8 (-9.25 units) this season.
For whatever reason, the Seattle Mariners have struggled at night. That was the case once again on Tuesday night as Collin McHugh shut down the Seattle offense to pick up Houston’s fourth victory in a row. The Mariners are 4-1 during the day, but they are 1-8 on the road and have cost bettors over nine units. J.A. Happ will take the ball as a favorite tonight against Roberto Hernandez, but early bettors have taken the +130 price on the road team.
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