Three Friday Matchups Getting Pounded by Public Bettors
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So far, it’s been a slow day regarding recreational college basketball action, specifically with many of the day’s biggest games not offering betting lines until late this morning. As a result, public bettors have opted to play two of tonight’s NBA games, as well as one big college hoops matchup.
By using our free betting percentages and number of bets data, we’ve pinpointed which of Friday’s games are being overvalued by the public.
*Data as of 1:30 p.m. ET
Toronto Raptors (-3.5) at Washington Wizards
8:00 p.m. ET
Seventy-three percent of tickets and 88% of dollars wagered on the spread are on Toronto in this matchup. With consistent Raptors money flowing so far today, oddsmakers been forced to adjust from an opener of -3 up to -3.5 and even up to -4 at many offshore sportsbooks.
Golden State Warriors (-13) at Atlanta Hawks
7:30 p.m. ET
In tonight’s most heavily-bet NBA game, 71% of spread tickets are laying the points with Golden State. While tickets are favoring the Warriors, dollars wagered on the spread are split 50/50, indicating that some of the larger wagers are actually taking the points in this matchup.
Penn State vs. Ohio State (-4.5)
6:30 p.m. ET
While a handful of today’s college basketball games have more lopsided ticket counts, Ohio State is on pace to be the day’s most public play based on the number of wagers coming down on this game. With the Buckeyes receiving 69% of tickets and 75% of real dollars in what could end up as the most heavily-bet college basketball game of the day, oddsmakers have moved the line from Ohio State -3.5 up to -4.5 in hopes of attracting Penn State money and balancing their books.
Top Photo: Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris shoots the ball over Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka; credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports