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Six NBA games and 15 NHL contests are on tap for Saturday’s card with 15 more MLB games. In total, 36 games from the professional leagues should give bettors plenty of wagering opportunities, along with the third round of the Masters and NASCAR. It’s a good day of sports, so let’s make it a good day of making money as well.
Here are the top sports betting trends for April 11:
NBA: Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers (10:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Utah against the spread in road games when revenging a home loss versus an opponent. The Jazz are 16-3 (+12.7 units) this season.
The Jazz have been a very good team since the All-Star Break, so they’ve been able to exact revenge on the teams that beat them earlier in the season. As a result, the Jazz have been able to put together a trend like this. This line is also sliding down as Utah opened +8 and is now as low as +6.5 in the betting market. As always with NBA lineups this time of the year, keep an eye out for players resting.
NBA: Memphis Grizzles at Los Angeles Clippers (10:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Memphis using the money line in road games against Pacific Division opponents. The Grizzlies are 14-2 (+14.4 units) over the last two seasons.
Traveling out west has been good for the Grizzlies, perhaps because of their slow-paced, defensive style against teams that like to run. In any event, the Grizzlies have a big plus money price as an 8.5-point underdog in this one. Memphis has some injury questions, so double check their lineup before following this trend, but the growing line continues to add value to the money line.
NHL: Ottawa Senators at Philadelphia Flyers (12:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Philadelphia using the money line in home games when playing a team with a winning record in the second half of the season. The Flyers are 11-2 (+10.2 units) this season.
The Philadelphia Flyers have done a good job of playing spoiler lately, including two wins over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Senators can clinch a spot in the playoffs today with a win and the line reflects what’s on the line in this game. Ottawa is a -145 favorite on the road with this early start. The Flyers have a nice price tag if you want to go against the Senators.
NBA: Toronto Raptors at Miami Heat (7:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Miami using the money line in all games against Atlantic Division opponents. The Heat are 13-3 (+12.75 units) this season.
One of today’s more interesting lines is this one between the Raptors and Heat. After suffering a devastating setback in their quest for one of the two final spots in the Eastern Conference playoffs, the Heat are a three-point favorite against the visiting Raptors. The Raptors are playing for seeding and home court advantage in the first round. Miami has been good against the Atlantic Division, but Toronto is really the only good team of the bunch.
NHL: Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Dallas using the money line in home games versus division opponents. The Stars are 2-11 (-11.8 units) this season.
To their credit, the Stars have played really hard down the stretch. There’s not much on the line for the Predators and Stars on Tuesday, so Dallas is a -130 favorite in this one. Dallas has not played well at home against the Central Division, which is understandable because it is probably the deepest division in the NHL.
NHL: Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues (7:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Minnesota using the money line in road games against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season. The Wild are 10-2 (+9.85 units) this season.
There are some important seeding implications on the line in this one. With a win and a Chicago loss, the Minnesota Wild can jump Chicago for the #3 spot in the Central Division and face off against the Nashville Predators instead of either the St. Louis Blues or Anaheim Ducks. The St. Louis Blues need a win and an Anaheim loss or an overtime loss and an Anaheim regulation loss to win home ice for the duration of the Western Conference playoffs. Both teams are tied with 107 points, but Anaheim holds the tiebreaker. St. Louis is a very big favorite in the -160 range.
NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Golden State Warriors (10:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Minnesota using the money line in all games with a total greater than or equal to 210. The Timberwolves are 18-33 (-30.75 units) this season.
Don’t play the Warriors money line. They are a 19.5-point favorite. But, read our game preview, which is linked above.
NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Chicago Bulls (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Chicago using the money line in all games against a team with a losing record. The Bulls are 23-16 (-31.55 units) this season.
It will take some stones to play against the Bulls here, but the Sixers are a 14.5-point underdog for this matchup, so the money line price is certainly attractive. The Bulls have nothing to play for except finishing third or fourth, so Philadelphia could certainly stay within the number if they show any level of concern for this game.
NBA: New York Knicks at Orlando Magic (7:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against New York using the money line in all games against Southeast Division opponents. The Knicks are 9-23 (-19.85 units) over the last two seasons.
How bad are the Knicks? They’re an 11-point underdog against the Orlando Magic. Don’t play the money line, but if the line is that high, the Magic may be a good bet against the number. The Knicks have certainly mailed in the season by this point, so the money line is a very safe play, but that’s a huge price to lay.
MLB: Kansas City Royals at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (9:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Kansas City using the money line in road night games. The Royals are 39-20 (+21.3 units) over the last two seasons.
The Royals added another win to this trend yesterday in their first road night game of the season. Kansas City wins with defense and their defense plays up on the road because it benefits their lackluster starting rotation. The Royals will send Jeremy Guthrie to the hill in this game opposite Jered Weaver. The Royals have gotten a lot of love on the overnight line, so their money line price has dropped.
MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles (7:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Baltimore using the money line in home night games. The Orioles are 42-18 (+22.2 units) over the last two seasons.
The Blue Jays battered Bud Norris on Friday to blow out the Orioles during an afternoon game, but the Orioles play real well at night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles are a home underdog against Ubaldo Jimenez and the Toronto Blue Jays and Aaron Sanchez. The early steam has been on the Blue Jays, so the Orioles money line is growing in value.
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!