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The NBA playoffs begin today, so we have eight playoff games for our watching and wagering pleasure on this beautiful Saturday. With four NHL playoff matchups and four NBA games, it’s a good time to be a sports fan. Fifteen more MLB games are also on tap for Saturday.
Here are the top sports betting trends for April 18:
NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Golden State Warriors (3:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Golden State against the spread in home games versus good offensive teams scoring 99 or more points per game. The Warriors are 17-5 (+11.5 units) this season.
The Western Conference playoffs begin when the New Orleans Pelicans and Golden State Warriors tip off around 3:30 p.m. ET. The Warriors are favored by 12 for Game 1 and the initial line move has been on the NBA’s top team. That’s not much of a surprise because of the dramatic way that the Pelicans clinched their playoff spot on Wednesday and the fact that the Warriors can turn it up whenever they want to.
NBA: Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors (12:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Washington against the spread in all games after allowing 105 or more points. The Wizards are 4-15 (-12.5 units) this season.
The NBA playoffs get underway with this matinee north of the border. The Wizards and Raptors played better down the stretch in April, but both teams hit some major stumbling blocks in February and March. The line for this game seems surprisingly small with Toronto favored by 3.5. The Raptors opened a four-point favorite, so initial money has been on the underdog. It is the smallest line of the first day of the NBA playoffs.
NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Chicago Bulls (7:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Milwaukee using the money line in all games versus good offensive teams scoring 99 or more points per game in the second half of the season. The Bucks are 10-36 (-28.05 units) over the last two seasons.
The Chicago Bulls are expected to roll through the Milwaukee Bucks in the 3 vs. 6 series in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks have not fared well against teams that can score late in the season and the Bulls have successfully navigated some tough rapids on the injury front and it looks like smooth sailing in this series. The Bulls are favored by 7.5 in this one, though Milwaukee money has been the status quo so far.
NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Anaheim Ducks (10:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Anaheim using the money line in home games with a total of 5 or less. The Ducks are 12-1 (+10.15 units) this season.
The Ducks were victorious in Game 1 in support of this trend and they are hoping to take a commanding 2-0 series lead. The Ducks have been almost unbeatable in games projected to be low scoring this season, but early money has been against the home team in this one. The Ducks opened -150 and the number is hovering in the -140 range across the market.
NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on New York on the money line in all games versus division opponents. The Rangers are 24-7 (+16.95 units) this season.
The Rangers are big favorites to take a 2-0 series lead over the Penguins on Saturday night. The Rangers won Game 1 by a 2-1 margin, but outshot the Penguins badly and looked like the much better team throughout the night. A little bit of Penguins money has trickled in, but as good as the Rangers have been against Metropolitan Division competition, the Penguins have been just the opposite.
NHL: Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues (3:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Minnesota using the money line in road games in the second half of the season. The Wild are 17-7 (+12 units) this season.
The Wild were victorious in Game 1 on the road with a 4-2 triumph against the Blues and they’re looking to completely take away home ice advantage with a Game 2 win. The Blues are favored in the -140 range to even up the series. Minnesota has been on fire since the All-Star Break after a tumultuous first half of the season and they look like an attractive pick in the +120 range against a Blues team with some problems.
NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning (3:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Detroit using the money line in all games versus division opponents. The Red Wings are 11-20 (-15 units) this season.
The Red Wings went against this trend for a Game 1 victory, but they were outshot 46-14 by Tampa Bay in that game and needed a heroic effort from Petr Mrazek to take a 1-0 series lead. As a result, the Lightning are overwhelming favorites in the -180 range to even up the series. The Red Wings struggled mightily down the stretch and they were severely outplayed in Game 1.
MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox (4:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Baltimore using the money line in road games against division opponents. The Orioles are 27-15 (+17.5 units) over the last two seasons.
The Orioles dropped Game 1 of this series thanks to a walk-off single from Xander Bogaerts, but the Orioles were right in it with Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound. The Orioles have been good away from Camden Yards against AL East competition and that was a big reason why they won the division going away last season. Chris Tillman and the O’s are in the +120 range for Saturday.
NBA: Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors (12:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Washington using the money line in road games in the second half of the season. The Wizards are 4-14 (-11.75 units) this season.
A double dose of trends against the Wizards today for Game 1 of their Eastern Conference playoffs series with the Raptors. The Wizards have really scuffled down the stretch and Paul Pierce gave the Raptors some motivational bulletin board material earlier this week, so Game 1 could be a statement opportunity for the Raptors.
MLB: Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers (9:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in Los Angeles Dodgers home games against right-handed starters. The over is 46-22 (+24.4 units) over the last two seasons.
Zack Greinke and Jordan Lyles face off on Saturday night in this NL West showdown. The total is 7, which is definitely low for a Rockies game. The Rockies have a lot of good hitters against right-handed pitching, so it could be a bit of a rocky start for Zack Greinke. Jordan Lyles has pitched well, but his lineup is a different animal than the ones he has faced so far.
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!