The NBA Playoffs and Stanley Cup Playoffs are in full swing, but seasoned wiseguys remain fixated on MLB. The long season provides endless opportunities for sharps to get down on soft lines and pad their bankroll. One month down, five more to go!

After analyzing Monday’s 11-game slate using Sports Insights’ Sportsbook Insider Pro betting tools, I’ve pinpointed four MLB bets that professional players are focusing on, including games that start at 7:05, 7:10 and 8:10 p.m. ET.

All data as of 3:45 p.m. ET

Pittsburgh Pirates (-101) at Washington Nationals

7:05 p.m. ET

The Pirates (17-11, +4.73 units) have been one of the most pleasant surprises of the MLB season so far. But the public still wants nothing to do with them. Pittsburgh is getting only 39% of bets but nearly half the dollars, indicating smart money in their favor. The line has also moved big toward Pittsburgh (+110 to -101). Why would the oddsmakers drop the Pirates payout if the majority of bets are on Washington? Because sharps got down on the Buccos, creating liability. Wiseguys at Pinnacle steamed Pirates +105, causing the entire market to drop the line toward the road dog.

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