Public Bettors Piling on Red Sox, Thunder Wednesday Night
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The NBA playoffs tend to be king of the betting market this time of year, and tonight is shaping up to be no different as all three games should close with the highest ticket counts across all sports. Bettors seem to still have some room for a side of baseball, however, as one of the public’s favorite picks comes from tonight’s MLB slate.
Found with our betting percentage data, these are the plays that have attracted the most public action on Wednesday.
Oklahoma City Thunder (-4.5) vs. Utah Jazz
8 p.m. ET
Attracting 73% of bettors, the Thunder are the most popular of the six NBA teams playing tonight. Despite that, they’ve actually fallen from -5 to -4.5, a sign of potential sharp money hitting Utah.
Why the public loves OKC: The public was rewarded for taking the Thunder in Game 1, so why fix what isn’t broken?
Donovan Mitchell’s status is also unclear at this point, and though it feels far-fetched to think he’d miss this game, his effectiveness will certainly be in question.
Minnesota Timberwolves-Houston Rockets Over 215
9:30 p.m. ET
All three NBA overs have attracted a high majority of bettors tonight (surprise), but this one has a particularly heavy backing. Eighty-six percent of bets and 89% of dollars are on this over, helping move the total up 2.5 points from last night’s number.
Why the public loves the over: Two teams with plenty of offensive weapons only managed to put up only 205 points in Game 1. What does that mean to a public bettor? They’re due.
Boston Red Sox (+107) at Los Angeles Angels
10:07 p.m. ET
The most popular MLB pick of the evening, the Red Sox have received 74% of bets thus far. That backing has accounted for only 53% of dollars, however, and the Sox have maintained essentially the same line as their opener.
Why the public loves Boston: After waking up to see the rout that took place late last night, it’s no surprise that public bettors are all over the underdog Sox again today. Tonight’s payout isn’t quite as juicy, but the public isn’t going to pass up the chance to get a 14-2 team at plus-money.
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