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A couple of NBA playoff games are on tap for Monday night, along with more NHL postseason action and several MLB games. No ATS trends for today, but more money line trends and some MLB totals to make some money to start the week.
Here are the top sports betting trends for April 20:
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 18-6 (+13.8 units) this season.
After losing Game 2 at home, the New York Rangers are looking to get back on track in Pittsburgh on Monday night. The Penguins took away home ice advantage for the Rangers with that 4-3 win and have been the preferred side of bettors so far in this one. The Rangers opened -125 on the road and there has been some Penguins movement. The Rangers posted a better record on the road than at home this season, so they have no issues with playing away from Madison Square Garden.
NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Chicago Bulls (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Milwaukee using the money line when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season. The Bucks are 9-48 (-36.85 units) over the last three seasons.
The Bucks are 7.5-point underdogs once again for Game 2 after a 103-91 loss in Game 1. This is the same line as the first game, so oddsmakers are not allowing the recency bias of Game 1 to play into the line. This money line trend is ugly for the Bucks in every way possible. That’s a terrible record over a large sample size and the Bulls look to be clicking over the last couple of weeks. Bettors will pay a hefty price on the Chicago money line, but it’s probably warranted.
MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox (11:05 a.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Baltimore using the money line in road games against division opponents. The Orioles are 28-16 (+17.7 units) over the last two seasons.
The annual Patriots’ Day home game for the Boston Red Sox is a chance to even up the series with the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles have taken two of the first three and rocked Rick Porcello on Sunday to improve upon this trend. The Orioles are getting some timely hitting and some good pitching, the framework to last season’s great run, and enter this game as a small underdog.
MLB: Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (10:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in Oakland games in the month of April. The over is 46-21 over the last three seasons.
Oddsmakers seem to perennially underestimate the Oakland offense. The A’s use a lot of platoon advantages, with opposite-handed hitters against pitchers, and that tends to lead to more offense. The A’s have also gotten off to some quick starts over the last few seasons. The total for this one is 7.5 with Kendall Graveman against Matt Shoemaker.
NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Golden State Warriors (10:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play under in New Orleans games in the first half on the road. The under is 58-22 (+33.8 units) over the last two seasons.
New Orleans has been a slow-starting team over the last couple of seasons with a massive trend to the under. The first half total in Game 1 was a winner for those that got 101 as a line, so that game likely added to this trend. We’re talking about a big sample size of games and a play that has blindly made nearly 34 units of profit for bettors, so it’s worth looking into.
All of our top betting trends, courtesy of our BangTheBook.com Betting Center, can be found here each day, but this daily article will add more insight into the games on the list. Good luck and bang the books tonight!