Make it four consecutive 2-1 nights for public bettors that have not resulted in a profit. Last night’s Yankees and Braves plays cashed, but with both coming at -200 or higher, they weren’t enough to overcome the money lost from the Pirates (-130) defeat, assuming bettors are wagering one unit on each game.
Despite that recurring trend, the public is once again hammering three heavy favorites tonight.
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Cleveland Indians (-171) at Cincinnati Reds
7:10 p.m. ET
With 87% of bettors behind them, the Indians are tonight’s most popular bet. Those bets account for only 74% of dollars, though, which may be what’s driven Cleveland’s line down from -177 to -171.
Why the public loves Cleveland: The Indians gave the public a sweat-free 8-1 win last night, so why wouldn’t bettors come back for more tonight? It makes sense to see such heavy support behind the Tribe, especially since Cleveland’s opponent is playing out the string.
Atlanta Braves (-230) vs. Miami Marlins
7:35 p.m. ET
For the third straight night, the Braves are drawing a ton of public action. Tonight they’ve received 77% of bets, but with those accounting for only 57% of dollars, they’ve fallen a bit from their opener of -235.
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Why the public loves Atlanta: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And the Braves sure don’t seem broke right now. They’ve won four straight, and are now 7-2 in their past nine. With last night’s win they’re also 11-3 against Miami this year, so there’s plenty for the public to love here.
Toronto Blue Jays (-141) at Kansas City Royals
8:15 p.m. ET
The Jays are tonight’s second-most popular side, getting 80% of bets. They’ve landed only 65% of dollars to this point but have still risen a bit from -135 to -141.
Why the public loves Toronto: This probably has more to do with the Royals than the Blue Jays, as Kansas City comes into this game with a win percentage just north of .300.