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Day Two of the NBA Playoffs doesn’t provide us with any ATS trends, but there are some money line bets for your viewing pleasure. Another full day in Major League Baseball and a four-pack of NHL playoff tilts give us a Sunday Funday with a chance to win some more betting funds.
Here are the top sports betting trends for April 19:
NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Calgary Flames (10:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Calgary using the money line in games versus division opponents. The Flames are 23-8 (+19.1 units) this season.
The Canucks played a more aggressive, more physical game in Game 2 to even up the series. Calgary is installed as a -130 favorite in this one, which seems to be the default line from the oddsmakers for home ice advantage. These are two pretty evenly-matched teams, so it’s hard to see the oddsmakers deviating in this series. The Flames have been great against the Pacific Division, which is exactly why they made the playoffs under the new format.
NBA: Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers (3:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Boston using the money line in road Sunday games. The Celtics are 2-14 (-14.6 units) over the last three seasons.
Boston is a big NBA market and the team has not been all that good over the last three seasons. When placed in a primetime Sunday slot, the Celtics have faltered. That’s hardly a surprise and they’re in a similar spot as a 12-point underdog against the Cleveland Cavs for Game 1. Obviously there’s not a lot of value in playing Cavs money line here, but the betting market has been on the Cavs side since the number opened, so an ATS play may not be a bad look.
NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Atlanta Hawks (5:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Atlanta using the money line in all games. The Hawks are 60-22 (+28.75 units) this season.
Atlanta won a lot of games this season and were also one of the top against the spread bets in the league. They dropped three straight to end the season, but the Hawks had absolutely nothing to play for. They’re a double-digit favorite here, so the money line play holds little value, but a four-team parlay of the NBA favorites seems like a pretty logical way to approach today’s action.
NHL: Nashville Predators at Chicago Blackhawks (3:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Nashville using the money line in road games after scoring 4 or more goals in their previous game. The Predators are 1-10 (-9.55 units) this season.
The Predators are in a very tough spot without Mike Fisher and Shea Weber in this game. The line reflects what those losses mean as the Preds are a -160 underdog. The Blackhawks are back at home after splitting the first two games of the series and have a very wounded animal coming to town. The line reflects that and the Predators were a much better team at home than on the road this season.
NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Memphis Grizzlies (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Portland using the money line in all Sunday games. The Trail Blazers are 17-5 (+12.55 units) over the last two seasons.
The early money on this game has been on Memphis to give Portland backers a few extra cents on the money line. Memphis is up to a 5.5-point favorite in Game 1, so bettors seem unconcerned about this trend of success from Portland. The Blazers have fared well in Sunday games and take the spotlight in primetime tonight as a very live dog.
NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Ottawa Senators (7:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Ottawa using the money line when revenging a loss versus an opponent. The Senators are 27-16 (+15.35 units) this season.
This trend failed in Game 2 as the Canadiens held serve at home in overtime, but Ottawa is -130 to climb back into the series on home ice in Game 3. The Senators have done a good job getting retribution for losses because of their late season run that included a 20-1-2 mark in order to get into the postseason.
NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on San Antonio using the money line in games off an upset loss. The Spurs are 37-10 (+21.85 units) over the last three seasons.
The Spurs and Clippers are essentially a pick ‘em for Game 1 of their Western Conference series. San Antonio has been dynamite down the stretch, save for their loss on Wednesday to the New Orleans Pelicans. That win put the Pelicans into the playoffs. The Spurs have been a very good bounce back team and that’s the spot they find themselves in for this matchup. The Spurs are plus money at some books, so shop around for the best line.
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!