Yankees, Red Sox Top List of Friday’s Most Popular Public Bets

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Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Based on our number of bets statistic, public bettors are clearly more interested in MLB than NBA action tonight. In fact, tonight’s most heavily bet baseball games are attracing about four times as many bets as basketball.


Using the proprietary betting data available at The Action Network, we’ve identified tonight’s three most popular wagers among public bettors.

All data as of 2:15 p.m. ET

Washington Nationals (-205) at Cincinnati Reds

4:10 p.m. ET

With an early start, public bettors are hustling to lay the number to back Max Scherzer and the Nationals. Eighty-six percent of tickets and 76% of dollars wagered have taken Washington, making this matchup the most lopsided MLB game of the night.

Why the public loves Washingon: It’s Scherzer vs. Homer Bailey. Homer Bailey is Cincinnati’s Opening Day starter. Let’s move on.

Boston Red Sox (-147) at Tampa Bay Rays

7:10 p.m. ET

Public bettors are going right back to the well after losing last night’s Red Sox-Rays game. On Thursday, 78% of bettors took Boston and tonight they’re garnering a similar 74% of moneyline tickets.

Why the public loves Boston: Public bettors just can’t shake the sting of yesterday’s Red Sox bullpen implosion, making it easy to lay a palatable -147 to take David Price for a bounce-back win.

New York Yankees (-150) at Toronto Blue Jays

7:07 p.m. ET

In what will likely end up as the most heavily bet MLB game of the day, 71% of moneyline bettors are taking the Yankees. This game is attracting a monster betting handle as well, meaning sportsbooks will definitely be rooting for the Blue Jays tonight.

Why the public loves New York: They’re the Yankees. Giancarlo Stanton hit two home runs last night in his team debut. They have Aaron Judge. Need I say more?

Photo: New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates the win with New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18)