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The NBA regular season comes to a close on Wednesday night and there’s a full day of baseball on tap. Also, the NHL playoffs begin on Wednesday night, so there’s a big card full of money-making potential across the pro sports today.
Here are the top sports betting trends for April 15:
NBA: Utah Jazz at Houston Rockets (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Houston against the spread in home games after a non-conference game. The Rockets are 22-6 (+15.4 units) over the last two seasons.
The Houston Rockets have a lot to play for on Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz. The Rockets can win the Southwest Division title with a win and a San Antonio loss against New Orleans. Houston has played very well down the stretch and they are 29-11 straight up at home this season. The Jazz have won seven of their last 10 and have the opportunity to tie the Phoenix Suns for 10th in the Western Conference. That’s not much of an achievement, but after their start to the season, it’s impressive. Like most NBA games today, there is no line at time of writing.
NBA: Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors (10:30 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 in the second half of the season. The Warriors are 20-5 (+14.5 units) over the last two seasons.
The Nuggets are not exactly a “good” offensive team. They just play at a fast tempo. In any event, Golden State has no reason to be concerned about this game, so laying any sort of number could be a dangerous proposition. On the other hand, neither does Denver. The bench guys for Golden State get to have some fun today in the season finale, so that could signal a blowout win for the top team in the NBA.
NBA: Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Milwaukee against the spread in home games after three or more consecutive wins. The Bucks are 17-44 (-31.4 units) since 1992.
This is a tricky game to handicap. The Celtics have rattled off five straight wins, so they hit the postseason with some momentum, but they are locked into the #7 spot against the Cleveland Cavs. The Bucks are 41-40 and can finish the season with a winning record with a victory. Pay attention to the lineups for this game before diving in on a side. It looks like Milwaukee will be a slight favorite, but that could change quickly.
NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Chicago Bulls (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Atlanta against the spread in all games. The Hawks are 49-29 (+17.1 units) this season.
With Toronto’s loss to Boston on Tuesday night, the Chicago Bulls are locked into the #3 spot and will host the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round. The Atlanta Hawks will face either the Indiana Pacers or Brooklyn Nets, though the Pacers look like the likely opponent with their current six-game winning streak. This season finale will be a tough one to bet because both teams may be sitting their best players, though the Bulls may want to reward the home fans on fan appreciation night with a good showing.
NBA: Detroit Pistons at New York Knicks (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Detroit using the money line in all games after a division game. The Pistons are 10-21 (-24.95 units) over the last two seasons.
The Pistons and Knicks will wrap up disappointing regular seasons today. The Knicks have actually won two straight games, much to the chagrin of their fan base because it has affected the potential outcome of the NBA Draft Lottery. The Pistons couldn’t overcome a 5-23 start, even though they are 26-28 since. Whoever wants this game more will win it. That could be the Pistons, but it’s hard to tell.
MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals (8:15 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Milwaukee using the money line in road games in April. The Brewers were 12-2 (+13.35 units) last season.
The Brewers started out hot last season, especially away from Miller Park. They are 1-0 on the road this season after a 5-4 win to spoil St. Louis’s Home Opener on Monday. On Wednesday, they send Wily Peralta to the mound against Lance Lynn and have a juicy underdog price in the +125 range. The Brewers got off to a slow start at home, so winning on the road would ease some of the pain of last week’s struggles.
NBA: Orlando Magic at Brooklyn Nets (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Orlando using the money line in road games versus poor defensive teams allowing 99 or more points per game in the second half of the season. The Magic are 2-21 (-20.25 units) over the last three seasons.
This is quite a trend. The Magic have played really bad in high-scoring games on the road and this could be one on Wednesday night. The Nets need a win and a Pacers loss to sneak into the postseason and the Pacers just won a double overtime thriller against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night. That’s a quick turnaround for the Pacers, so the Nets have hope. They will be a substantial favorite against the Magic, so the spread may be a better play than the money line.
NBA: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Miami using the money line in road games against Atlantic Division opponents. The Heat are 7-1 (+11.05 units) this season.
What kind of effort will the veteran Miami Heat bring to the table on Wednesday night? It’s clearly been a disappointing, injury-filled season for Miami, but they can end it on a positive note by beating the 76ers, who have lost nine in a row and 63 games on the season. Miami will undoubtedly be favored no matter who plays, but this has the potential to be a very ugly game.
NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Toronto Raptors (7:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Charlotte using the money line after a loss by 10 or more points. The Hornets are 5-16 (-14.95 units) this season.
The Raptors could be an attractive part of a money line parlay against a Hornets team that has completely quit on the season. The Hornets have dropped five straight and the Raptors reserves could have some fun in this game. Toronto will be favored by a big number, and the spread may be a play as well, but Charlotte is done. Take the Raptors with confidence here.
NHL: Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks (10:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Calgary using the money line in road games against division opponents. The Flames are 10-4 (+9.75 units) this season.
The Flames hit the road to open the NHL playoffs against the Canucks. Only three Pacific Division teams got into the postseason with both wild cards coming from the Central Division. The Flames were in a dogfight for a while with the Los Angeles Kings for the final guaranteed spot in the division and it took a win in the final head-to-head matchup to make that happen. This should be an interesting series for several reasons and you can read about all four Western Conference NHL playoff series here.
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!