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Just two NBA games are on the docket for Thursday and it’s a fairly small MLB card thanks to travel days. The NHL is full of action with a lot of meaning with playoff berths and seeding left to determine. It’s a small, but exciting card of games today, so let’s make some money!
Here are the top sports betting trends for April 9:
NBA: Portland Trail Blazers 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. The Warriors are 16-4 (+11.6 units) this season.
In a possible second-round preview, the Portland Trail Blazers visit the Golden State Warriors. These are two very good offensive teams and efficiency will be a key to this game. Golden State is one of the most efficient offensive teams in the league. Portland likes to shoot a lot of threes. If those shots are falling for the Trail Blazers, they should comfortably hang within the 9.5-point spread. If not, it could be a runaway for the home team.
NBA: Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Chicago using the money line in all games revenging a loss versus an opponent. The Bulls are 51-21 (+38.55 units) over the last two seasons.
The Chicago Bulls lost in Orlando on Wednesday night to give the Central Division crown to the Cleveland Cavs. The Cavs also locked up the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls are tied for the #3 seed with the Toronto Raptors, who have already won the Atlantic Division. It’s fair to wonder where the Bulls want to finish in the postseason chase. A fourth-place finish would mean a first-round date with the Washington Wizards. A third-place seed would likely mean facing the Cleveland Cavs in the second round. The Miami Heat trail by a game in the race for the final two playoff berths in the East. Miami is favored by 1.5, up from the opening spread of -1.
NHL: Ottawa Senators at New York Rangers (7:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against New York using the money line in home games after a three-game unbeaten streak. The Rangers are 39-53 (-48.4 units) since 1992.
The Rangers don’t have much to play for in this game and the Senators have everything to play for. The Rangers have already clinched home ice advantage for the duration of the playoffs. The Senators are one of five teams in the East fighting for their playoff lives. Ottawa does not control their own destiny, so every win is critical. No line is out for this game yet because the Rangers may decide to rest some players.
NHL: Minnesota Wild at Nashville Predators (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Minnesota using the money line in road games when playing a team with a winning record in the second half of the season. The Wild are 9-2 (+8.3 units) this season.
Minnesota and Nashville are both in the playoffs, but Nashville is still fighting for the top spot in the Central Division. The Wild can catch Chicago for the #3 seed in the Central Division, but the may take a game to catch their breath after charging hard for the postseason in the second half of the year. Nashville is a -130 favorite, even though they have not played well of late, which is a pretty good indication of how oddsmakers are viewing this game.
NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Montreal Canadiens (7:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Detroit using the money line in games versus division opponents. The Red Wings are 10-19 (-15.45 units) this season.
The Red Wings desperately need this game as they are one of five teams attempting to secure a playoff berth in the East. The Canadiens also want this game badly, as a win would lock up the top seed in the Atlantic Division. The Tampa Bay Lightning have the league’s best home record, so Montreal would like to host that possible series. The Red Wings are just 4-4-2 over their last 10 games and Montreal is favored in the -130 range.
NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Philadelphia Flyers (7:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Philadelphia using the money line when playing a team with a losing record in the second half of the season. The Flyers are 4-12 (-10.9 units) this season.
The Carolina Hurricanes are still taking a lot of shots on goal with minimal results, but it’s a sign that the Hurricanes are still playing hard for first-year head coach Bill Peters. The Philadelphia Flyers have played spoiler of late against good teams, but they don’t seem to have the ability to get excited to play the league’s dregs. In this one, that could very well be the case and the Hurricanes are an attractive play in the +140 range.
MLB: New York Mets at Washington Nationals (1:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on New York on the money line in road day games. The Mets are 36-22 (+24.64 units) over the last three seasons.
The Mets were victorious in Washington’s home opener on Monday to add another win to this trend. Thursday’s game features a spectacular pitching matchup between Matt Harvey and Stephen Strasburg. The Mets are available on the plus money side, but they have been the side that early bettors have been taking. This has been a good series so far and the finale should be very exciting.
NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Calgary Flames (9:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Los Angeles using the money line all road games. The Kings are 15-25 (-17.65 units) this season.
The Los Angeles Kings are a road favorite at Calgary in this one, even though both teams are still trying to secure a playoff berth. This is a really surprising line because the Kings have been such a bad road team all season long. The problem is that taking Calgary looks like a sucker bet given this line, so be very careful in this situation.
NHL: San Jose Sharks at Edmonton Oilers (9:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against San Jose using the money line when playing against a team with a losing record. The Sharks are 32-35 (-36.2 units) over the last two seasons.
San Jose has missed the playoffs and they have dropped two straight games. The Oilers don’t want to win games for NHL Draft purposes, but they were victorious over the Kings their last time out. The Sharks are in the -150 range with absolutely nothing to play for and no reason to be excited about this game. It’s a hard game to bet because neither team will be motivated, so the best bet is probably to stay away.
MLB: Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers (1:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play the over in Minnesota games in the month of April. The over is 19-5 (+13.15 units) over the last two seasons.
The Twins lost 11-0 on Wednesday for another over in the month of April, so this has definitely been a profitable trend. Through two games, however, the Twins have not gotten a runner to third base, so you may have to expect the Tigers to do all the work in this game. The total is sitting at 8.5.
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!