Red Sox, Rockets Attracting Saturday’s Public Bettors
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Chris Sale
With seven playoff matchups and a complete slate of baseball games, bettors can look just about anywhere to find some action today.
They’ve done just that, and using our bet and money percentages, we can locate the games that have drawn the most public attention on Saturday.
Philadelphia 76ers (-3.5) at Miami Heat
2:30 p.m. ET
The Sixers have received 81% of spread bets and 87% of spread dollars to this point, and have moved from -3 to -3.5 as a result.
Why the public loves Philly: The 76ers are only up a single game, but both of their wins in this series have come by at least 20 points, so Joe Public isn’t putting much weight on the 3.5 points he has to lay.
Bettors also finally got a taste of what Joel Embiid is capable of in the playoffs — 23 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, 3-of-4 from 3-point range in Game 2 — and they want more.
Houston Rockets (-5.5) at Minnesota Timberwolves
7:30 p.m. ET
Attracting 80% of bettors, the Rockets’ line isn’t quite as lopsided as the Sixers’, but given that this game will finish with a considerably greater ticket count, it’s fair to call Houston the more popular bet. Eighty-four percent of spread dollars are also on the Rockets, which has bumped them up from their opening line of -3.
Why the public loves Houston: Any hesitations Rockets bettors had after Game 1 quickly disappeared after their 20-point win in Game 2. Now that Houston is seemingly in control of this series, it should come as no surprise that NBA bettors expect the 1-seed to keep rolling.
Boston Red Sox (-160) at Oakland A’s
9:05 p.m. ET
The Red Sox have moved from -150 to -160 tonight behind 84% of bets, making them the most popular baseball bet, and the only MLB team in the 80-club today. Eighty-eight percent of moneyline dollars are also on the Sox, which certainly helped the line move.
Why the public loves Boston: How often is a bettor going to be offered a 17-2 team with Chris Sale pitching (pictured above) at a -160 price?