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- The public is pounding three games on tonight’s MLB slate.
- Starting pitching, losing streaks and wind are driving public betting.
Despite Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Finals getting underway this evening, the most popular plays on Monday all come from the diamond.
Using our bet and dollar percentage data, I’ve located the top three.
All data as of 4 p.m. ET. For live info, check out our MLB live odds page.
Boston Red Sox (-153) vs. Oakland Athletics
7:10 p.m. ET
Getting 76% of bets, the Red Sox are Monday’s most popular bet. They’ve received only 70% of dollars, however, and have fallen from +160 to +153.
Why the public loves Boston: The last time the Sox faced Sean Manaea, the southpaw tossed a no-hitter. Interestingly, bettors seem to be using that as reason to bet against Manaea here, assuming there’s no way he can shut down the Boston lineup twice in a row.
Arizona Diamondbacks (-137) vs. Milwaukee Brewers
9:40 p.m. ET
Monday’s second-most popular team, the Diamondbacks have received 70% of both moneyline bets and dollars. Despite that backing, they’ve fallen from -150 to -137.
Why the public loves Arizona: They’ve lost five straight, but they’re still in first place in the NL West. That streak has to end sometime, and with Patrick Corbin getting the ball, the public sees it tonight.
Cincinnati Reds-San Francisco Giants Over 8
10:15 p.m. ET
Seventy-five percent of bettors are taking this over, making it the only over/under play in the 70-club this evening. Movement on the total has varied by book, however, as only a few have pushed up to 8.5.
Why the public loves the over: Any time the public rationalize a bet on the over, they’ll take it. In this case, the bet likely has to do with Chris Stratton’s recent form being not-so-great, as well as the wind blowing straight out to center throughout the game.
Photo: Patrick Corbin