Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Odds & Predictions: Betting Picks for Thursday Afternoon’s MLB Matchup

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  • The Chicago Cubs visit the Pittsburgh Pirates in Thursday afternoon (1:35 p.m. ET) MLB action.
  • According to MLB odds, the Cubs are -149 favorites against the Pirates, with the over/under set at 8.5.
  • Using The Action Network's MLB PRO Report, we examine how sharps are betting Cubs vs. Pirates, and specifically why they're zeroing in on Thursday's over/under.

Cubs vs. Pirates Odds

Cubs Odds -149
Pirates Odds +125
Over/Under 8.5 (-114/-105)
Time  1:35 p.m. ET
TV MLB Network

Over the next four days, the Masters will take center stage in the sports world, and if social media is any indication, golf is the only sport that will get attention from now through Sunday.

But don’t forget that both the MLB and NBA are rolling, with baseball providing plenty of day-game action for bettors while we all wait for live Masters coverage at 3 p.m. ET.

So, what are bettors to do from now until ESPN picks up golf coverage later this afternoon?

Well, if our MLB PRO Report has anything to say about it, bettors should be zeroing in on today’s Cubs vs. Pirates matchup because sharps certainly are.

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Cubs vs. Pirates Pick

Sharp Action

According to Action Labs’ Bet Signals, which track and report professional betting action in real-time, wiseguys have already taken one identifiable position on the Cubs vs. Pirates under, one that is backed up by our MLB public betting data as well.

Big Money

Cubs vs. Pirates betting trends show that betting on the total is relatively even — 53% of tickets have landed on the over as of the time of writing — but 65% of the money has fallen on the under.

PRO Systems

So why are the market’s biggest bettors aligned on the Cubs vs. Pirates under?

The answer could be as simple as the weather.

Winds of 10-12 mph blowing straight in from center field are expected throughout today’s game at PNC Park, making the Cubs vs. Pirates under a match for The Action Network’s Weather: Wind Blowing In PRO Betting System, which has provided a 55% win rate since the start of the 2005 MLB season

PRO Report Pick: Under 8.5

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