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A full card in the NBA and a full card of MLB games provide plenty of trends for us to use to our advantage on Wednesday. Three NHL games are also on the docket as the playoff chases are in full swing in both winter sports.
Here are the top sports betting trends for April 8:
NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Denver Nuggets (9:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Denver against the spread in home games after a loss by 10 or more points. The Nuggets are 8-27 (-21.7 units) over the last three seasons.
This is an interesting spot fort he Nuggets and Lakers, who probably have no desire to be playing at this time. The Lakers fell last night in a road game at home to the Clippers by a 105-100 score. The Nuggets have lost three straight by double digits and yet they will open a fairly big favorite later this morning. The Lakers are clearly looking ahead to the NBA Draft on most nights and the Nuggets have the home court advantage of the altitude in a back-to-back. That being said, it will be a big number for Denver to cover.
NBA: Phoenix Suns at Dallas Mavericks (9:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Phoenix against the spread in road games versus poor defensive times allowing 99 or more points per game. The Suns are 32-12 (+18.8 units) over the last two seasons.
The Suns were embarrassed on Tuesday night by the Atlanta Hawks and head to Dallas as a big underdog of nine points. Phoenix scored 69 points in Atlanta and their playoff hopes are basically gone. It’s hard to see the Suns stepping up to the plate to play against a team with postseason prospects, but the Mavericks are not a team I’d trust to cover decent-sized numbers, regardless of the opponent. Between the in-fighting and the underachieving, there are better bets for Wednesday.
NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Milwaukee Bucks (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Milwaukee against the spread in home games versus good offensive teams scoring 99 or more points per game. The Bucks are 15-37 (-25.7 units) over the last three seasons.
The Cavaliers are one win away from locking up the Central Division and the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs when they hit the road for this game in Milwaukee. The Cavs are going to be favored by somewhere around 10 points, but oddsmakers are being careful with the lines at this time of the season because players will be resting. LeBron James told the media on Tuesday that he will sit out some of the remaining games, but probably not tonight since the Cavs can win the division. Milwaukee has a 3.5-game lead on Miami and can get very close to clinching with an upset win.
NBA: Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs (8:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on San Antonio using the money line in home games in the second half of the season. The Spurs are 11-1 (+9.95 units) this season.
The San Antonio Spurs are rolling right now and just won by 25 last night at Oklahoma City. This is a big game for the Spurs against their in-state rivals. The Rockets are currently in second place in the Western Conference and lead the Southwest Division by a game over the Memphis Grizzlies. Perception is clearly sky high on the Spurs right now with a 5.5-point spread. Bettors might be able to pick up two wins by taking Spurs ML and Rockets +5.5.
NBA: Boston Celtics at Detroit Pistons (7:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Detroit using the money line in home games versus poor defensive teams allowing 99 or more points per game. The Pistons are 20-23 (-29.35 units) over the last two seasons.
The Boston Celtics control their own destiny with a half-game lead and a game in hand on the Miami Heat for the final spot in the East. The Celtics are also just a game behind Brooklyn for the seventh spot. This is a very surprising line. Boston opened a one-point road favorite but the betting market has moved Detroit into the role of favorite. Given that Detroit has nothing to play for and Boston has everything to play for, this line should scare Celtics bettors. However, you can get a plus money price on the ML now.
NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Brooklyn Nets (7:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Atlanta using the money line in all games. The Hawks are 54-19 (+25.05 units) this season.
Today’s most interesting line belongs to this game. Oddsmakers and bettors alike are expecting the Hawks to rest their key players in this one. The Nets opened -3 and the line has ballooned to -5 at BetOnline and Pinnacle, the only two books willing to post an overnight line. With Atlanta’s convincing win last night and no room for improvement in the standings, it would not be a surprise if they rested guys. But, the plus money price on this game is attractive if some guys do play.
NBA: Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic (7:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Orlando using the money line in all games when revenging a home loss versus an opponent. The Magic are 10-55 (-39.8 units) over the last three seasons.
The Chicago Bulls are eight-point chalk as they try to hold on to the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls will tip off the game with a very small chance at winning the Central Division if the Cavs lose out, but it’s hard to see the Bulls getting overly excited for this game. It’s impossible to see the Magic playing with a whole lot of energy, though. Orlando has won two straight, but they lost seven out of eight before that.
NHL: Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks (10:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Dallas using the money line in road games after scoring four or more goals in their previous game. The Stars are 11-5 (+9.25 units) this season.
The Dallas Stars have been a solid offensive team most of the season, but it’s their inability to prevent goals that has hurt them. They hit the ice against the Ducks as a pretty substantial underdog. The Ducks have the division wrapped up, but they can wrap up home ice advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs with a win in this one. The Stars are 7-3 over their last 10, so they’re finishing the season on a high note, and are lined at an attractive +165 price.
MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays (7:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Baltimore using the money line in night games. The Orioles are 73-39 (+39.25 units) over the last two seasons.
The Orioles picked up their first night win of the season on Tuesday night with a 6-5 triumph over the Rays. The top of the order did a lot of damage for the O’s and they’ll look to do the same against Jake Odorizzi on Wednesday night. Baltimore will send Miguel Gonzalez to the bump. Tampa Bay is favored in the -130 range to avoid the season-opening sweep.
MLB: Colorado Rockies at Milwaukee Brewers (8:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Colorado using the money line road night games. The Rockies are 13-45 (-30.08 units) over the last two seasons.
The Rockies are 1-0 in road night games this season after besting the Brewers for the second straight game on Tuesday. Eddie Butler will go for the sweep against Wily Peralta. The Rockies have one of the best lineups in baseball when everybody is healthy and they have scored 15 runs in two games on the road, while only allowing two runs. The Rockies were 21-60 away from home last season, though they started April well last season, so be careful of buying in too much this early.
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!