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- Public bettors have a strong opinion on tonight’s Celtics-Sixers total of 205.5.
- They’ve also pounded two West Coast MLB games: Astros-A’s and Nats-Padres
The Celtics have a chance to close out the Sixers at 6 p.m. ET, and while bettors are slightly leaning toward Boston to finish the series, their favorite bet is actually on the total. That, and two late baseball games make up Monday’s three most popular public bets.
Boston Celtics-Philadelphia 76ers Over 205.5
6 p.m. ET
Seventy-five percent of bettors have taken the over in tonight’s first playoff matchup. With 81% of over/under dollars on the same side, the total has risen a point from its opening number.
Why the public loves the over: The first two games of this series hit the over with relative ease. So after Game 3 totaled just 199 points with an overtime period added, bettors are likely expecting a bounce-back performance from both offenses tonight.
Houston Astros (-135) at Oakland Athletics
10:05 p.m. ET
The Astros are the second-most popular play tonight, attracting 77% of bettors to this point. They’ve received only 55% of moneyline dollars, however, and have fallen from -150 to -135.
Why the public loves Houston: At a price like this, it’s pretty easy to understand why the public is all over the reigning World Series champs. It certainly doesn’t hurt having Dallas Keuchel on the mound, either.
Washington Nationals (-165) at San Diego Padres
10:10 p.m. ET
And now for the most popular bet of the night. The Nationals are the only team in sports attracting more than 80% of bettors on Monday — 83% to be exact. The money hasn’t been quite as lopsided, with Washington getting just 63%, but they’ve still jumped a few cents from their opening number of -160.
Why the public loves the Nats: The Padres are coming off two straight wins over the Dodgers, which, to a public bettor, means they’re due for a loss. Meanwhile, the Nationals have won seven of eight, and are playing behind Stephen Strasburg tonight.
Photo: Stephen Strasburg