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A day full of sports begins early with Major League Baseball betting action and there are several key NBA games on tap. The NHL takes a break until Wednesday when the playoffs begin. We’re looking at a lot of money line value again today around the pro leagues.
Here are the top sports betting trends for April 12:
NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Washington Wizards (6:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Atlanta against the spread in all games. The Hawks are 48-28 (+18.2 units) this season.
The Atlanta Hawks will wrap up the season this week as the class of the Eastern Conference, due in large part to their historic winning streak earlier in the season. The Hawks have been a lot less dominant since, but they have made over 18 units of profit for bettors against the spread this season. A line will be out on this game later this morning once the lineup for the Hawks is clear.
NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Detroit Pistons (3:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Detroit using the money line after a division game. The Pistons are 9-21 (-25.95 units) over the last two seasons.
The Pistons are a growing favorite against a Charlotte team with no real hopes of making the postseason. This line has moved up from -6 to -7.5, so the Hornets money line is gaining value to follow this trend. The Pistons are down almost 26 units in games following Central Division matchups over the last two seasons, in large part because they haven’t been contenders for much, so playing spoiler within the division has been one of their few motivations.
NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Milwaukee Bucks (3:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Brooklyn using the money line in road games against a team with a losing record. The Nets are 15-4 (+14.9 units) this season.
The Nets are in a direr situation than the Bucks, which is why the Nets are a road favorite in this game. The Nets actually opened a slight underdog, but the betting market spoke and spoke in a hurry. Brooklyn needs every win they can get in their quest to secure a spot in the playoffs to take on either the Hawks or the Cavs. The Bucks are basically in, but they have not played well over the last several weeks.
NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Lakers (9:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Dallas using the money line in road games against a team with a losing record. The Mavericks are 14-2 (+12 units) this season.
Dallas will be a significant favorite on the road against the Lakers in this game, though the Mavericks should be considered a stay away against the spread. Dallas should win this game, so the money line should be safe if parlayed with something else, but you never know. Dallas has been good against bad teams this season, but focus could be an issue in this one.
NBA: Phoenix Suns at San Antonio Spurs (7:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Phoenix using the money line in games versus good offensive teams scoring 99 or more points per game in the second half of the season. The Suns are 8-21 (-18.9 units) this season.
The Suns will not be making the NBA playoffs and the Spurs are playing so well that they may actually win the Southwest Division. The Spurs money line is not an option here as a 15.5-point favorite. Will they cover the number? The market thinks so with a line that has moved up a point. Check out our preview and see what we have to say about the game.
NBA: Sacramento Kings at Denver Nuggets (5:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Denver using the money line in home games versus poor defensive teams allowing 99 or more points per game. The Nuggets are 8-12 (-19.75 units) this season.
The Denver Nuggets are a 10-point favorite against the Sacramento Kings in this one. This had to be a tough game for oddsmakers to line because neither team is particularly concerned with the outcome. The season is over for both of these teams, but the betting market has spoken. Denver opened -8.5 and has ballooned to -10 and the line may keep going. If you believe in this trend, that’s good for a Kings money line wager.
NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics (3:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Boston using the money line in Sunday games. The Celtics are 1-9 (-11.2 units) this season.
There are a lot of potential layers to this trend. The Celtics struggle with quick turnarounds after playing on Fridays. With a big TV market in Boston, the NBA likely gives the Celtics a tough matchup to capitalize on the ratings with another team that will draw a big crowd. In this one, it remains to be seen who will play and who will sit for the Cavs. As a result, there’s no line out for the game. Don’t be surprised if this game is close to a pick ‘em with Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Kevin Love, and maybe even somebody like Timofey Mozgov on the bench.
NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder at Indiana Pacers (6:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Indiana using the money line in non-conference games. The Pacers are 8-19 (-17.65 units) this season.
This is not a major surprise. The Pacers are not a very talented team, so of course they struggle against the vastly superior Western Conference. Paul George is back now, however, so the Pacers are favored by 3.5 in this one. The line opened +2, so this is a very telling line move given the situation that Oklahoma City is in for the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs. The Pacers are also knocking on the door of the playoffs.
MLB: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves (1:35 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on New York using the money line in road day games. The Mets are 37-22 (+25.64 units) over the last three seasons.
The New York Mets were steamed by bettors late last night against the undefeated Atlanta Braves. Bartolo Colon goes up against Alex Wood in this one and the line has returned to a more expected number. The Braves are getting it done with good starting pitching, but the Mets have fared well in these getaway day games on the road over the last couple of seasons, so they could be an attractive play at plus money.
MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles (1:35 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Baltimore using the money line in games against right-handed starters. The Orioles are 79-51 (+32.2 units) over the last two seasons.
The Orioles draw Drew Hutchison on Sunday afternoon. Their ace, Chris Tillman, will be on the mound. The Orioles got a tremendous performance from Ubaldo Jimenez on Saturday to even up the series and have a shot at taking the series in the rubber match on Sunday. They have done very well with right-handed starters early this season and for most of last season.
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!