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Today is Opening Day for 28 of the 30 Major League Baseball teams, so we have no shortage of MLB trends available for today’s top trends list. With only one game in the NBA and the national championship in college basketball, it will be a baseball-centric list for Monday.
Here are the top sports betting trends for April 6:
College Basketball: Wisconsin Badgers at Duke Blue Devils (9:20 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Wisconsin using the money line in all tournament games. The Badgers are 14-2 (+13.15 units) over the last two seasons.
The Wisconsin Badgers head into Monday night’s national championship game with high hopes after knocking off the Kentucky Wildcats in the Final Four on Saturday night. The Badgers have been a good team to back during the tournament play, including March Madness, over the last couple of seasons. The Badgers are a slight favorite in the betting market right now, so laying the small money line price is probably a better idea than the -1.
Bonus Trend: Duke is 21-6 (+14.4 units) against the spread in road non-conference games over the last three seasons.
Competing trends for the national championship game give bettors something to think about in what will be one of the highest bet games of the season.
MLB: Colorado Rockies at Milwaukee Brewers (2:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Colorado using the money line in road games against right-handed starters. The Rockies were 11-46 (-32.63 units) last season.
The Rockies open up the 2015 season in Milwaukee against the Brewers for a Monday matinee. Kyle Kendrick goes for the Rox against Kyle Lohse for the Brew Crew. The Rockies were just 21-60 overall on the road last season. The Brewers are a -160 favorite in the season opener for both teams and that price could grow. The Rockies are a solid offensive team, but they have some serious pitching problems this season.
NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at New York Rangers (7:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Columbus using the money line in road games in the second half of the season. The Blue Jackets are 15-9 (+15.2 units) this season.
The Blue Jackets won’t make their second consecutive playoff appearance, but that hasn’t stopped the team from picking up momentum for the offseason. The Blue Jackets were crushed by injuries earlier in the year and got off to such a bad start that their current nine-game winning streak wasn’t enough to keep the team in playoff contention. The Rangers are playing for the top seed in the Eastern Conference and are a -195 favorite.
NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Brooklyn Nets (7:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Portland using the money line in all April games. The Trail Blazers are 88-114 (-76.3 units) since 1992.
This is a large sample size that doesn’t have a whole lot of bearing on this game because the Trail Blazers are a much different team now than in years past. Nevertheless, it’s a good way to get the preview for this game out in front of our readers and to promote Cole Ryan’s Betting the Buckets NBA Betting Podcast, which had a pick against the spread for this matchup.
MLB: San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers (4:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in Los Angeles Dodgers home games against right-handed starters. The over was 42-21 (+21.3 units) last season.
James Shields makes his San Diego Padres debut against reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw in today’s season opener at Chavez Ravine. The Padres were an offseason champion with all of their transactions and made another splash by adding Craig Kimbrel on Sunday. With a total of 6 posted for this game, bettors will have to hope for some good at bats from the right-handed heavy Padres against Kershaw.
MLB: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks (9:40 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against San Francisco using the run line in all games when playing on a Monday. The Giants are 8-26 (-22.25 units) over the last two seasons.
The Giants have likely traveled on Sunday to their destination, so a little bit of fatigue has contributed to a poor run line record. In this spot, however, the Giants are in an interesting position because playoff hero Madison Bumgarner is on the mound. Bumgarner will get a lot of love after last season’s performance, and deservedly so, but the Diamondbacks have a new manager in Chip Hale and want to change the culture in the desert.
MLB: Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics (10:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in Oakland games in the month of April. The over is 38-17 (+20.95 units) over the last two seasons.
The A’s tend to be a surprising offensive team because of the “Moneyball” strategy employed by Billy Beane and his staff. The team is always constructed of flawed players and platoon bats that are undervalued in the betting market. The Rangers are looking to get back on track after a lost season due to injuries in 2014. Sonny Gray will take the ball for the A’s against offseason addition Yovani Gallardo for the Rangers. The total is currently sitting at 7.
MLB: Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers (1:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play over in Minnesota Twins games in April. The Twins were 18-4 (+14.3 units) last season.
Last season, the Twins had a really underrated offensive team. Their pitching staff was also horrible outside of Phil Hughes and a couple of bullpen arms. Their offense, however, is well above league average with guys that take walks and hit for some power. They snuck up on oddsmakers last season in April and could do so again this season. David Price will start for the Tigers against Phil Hughes with a total of 7.5.
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!