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There are a few more betting options for Friday with a full slate of MLB games, but still no ATS trends until tomorrow when the NBA playoffs begin. Money line trends are available for the NHL playoff games and some of the MLB action on Friday, so there are chances to make some money to enter the weekend on a high note.
Here are the top sports betting trends for April 17:
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 11-4 (+11 units) this season.
This trend was a winner on Wednesday night as the Flames roared ahead in the third period after erasing a 1-0 deficit to steal home ice advantage in their series against the Canucks. Vancouver is lined in the -150 range for this one, so Flames backers are getting a fine price on the road team. Vancouver entered the playoffs with some goaltending questions since Ryan Miller is still not fully healthy and Eddie Lack is mediocre. The Flames got good play from Jonas Hiller and have good depth in order to win on the road.
MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox (7:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Boston using the money line in home games against a team with a winning record. The Red Sox were 13-30 (-21.8 units) last season.
The Red Sox were victorious in their first home series of the season against the Washington Nationals and now host the Orioles. The Orioles enter this season with a 5-4 mark, which bodes well for this trend, but the Red Sox are a much different team this season. It’s hard to put a lot of emphasis on this trend because of how much the personnel has changed in Boston, so beware if you’re backing the Orioles because of this. It does seem rather telling, however, that Ubaldo Jimenez is only priced in the +115 range against this lineup.
MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates (7:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Milwaukee using the money line in road games in April. The Brewers are 12-3 (+12.35 units) over the last two seasons.
The Brewers did most of this damage last season. They are 1-2 on the road in 2015. The Brewers are -25 in run differential already and will not have the services of Carlos Gomez for the next few weeks with a leg injury. The Pirates are off to a slow start themselves with a 3-6 record. Early money on this game has been on Jimmy Nelson and against Jeff Locke, so bettors are siding with the Brew Crew thus far.
NHL: Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens (7:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Ottawa using the money line in all games when revenging a loss versus an opponent. The Senators are 27-15 (+16.35 units) this season.
Ottawa’s 20-1-2 finish to the season gave a lot of momentum to this trend entering the playoffs. The Senators fell 4-3 in Game 1 to the Canadiens and the slashing incident between PK Subban and Mark Stone has added a new dynamic to this series for the Senators. The Sens are available in the +120 range across the market and could be a strong NHL underdog bet for Game 2.
NHL: New York Islanders at Washington Capitals (7:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on New York using the money line in road games on Friday nights. The Islanders are 13-5 (+11.55 units) over the last two seasons.
For whatever reason, the Islanders have excelled on the road on Friday nights this season. If they continue that trend on this Friday night, they will take a commanding 2-0 series lead against the Capitals in the best-of-seven series. There has not been much movement on this line overnight, as the Islanders are a +125 underdog.
MLB: Oakland Athletics at Kansas City Royals (8:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Kansas City using the money line in all games at home with a money line of +100 to -125. The Royals are 23-7 (+14.85 units) over the last two seasons.
Even though not all of the games were lined in this range, the Royals are a perfect 3-0 on the season with the Oakland A’s coming to town. Kansas City had a great 2014 season and their ability to win at home was a big reason why. Surprisingly, they’re leading the American League in runs scored right now. The Royals are a slight underdog at some books with Friday night’s matchup of Jeremy Guthrie against Sonny Gray.
NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators (9:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Nashville using the money line in home games against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season. The Predators are 7-18 (-16.15 units) over the last two seasons.
Nashville dropped the first game in double overtime after blowing a 3-0 first period lead, which adds some extra incentive to Friday night’s Game 2. The Predators are a slight favorite in the -120 range as money has come in on the home team to even up the series. Part of the problem with backing the Predators is that they really struggled in the second half of the season and put together some lengthy losing streaks. That’s where this trend comes from and it has to be weighing on bettors’ minds on Friday.
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!