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Thursday MLB PRO Report Pick: Sharp Action, Betting Systems For Cubs vs. Pirates (Sept. 3)

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  • The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Thursday afternoon in the final game of their three-game series.
  • See where the sharp betting plays from professional bettors are landing on today's matchup.

Cubs vs. Pirates Betting Odds

Cubs Odds -162 [Bet Now in Illinois!]
Pirates Odds +140 [Bet Now in PA!]
Over/Under 9.5 (-109/-112) [Bet Now]
First Pitch 1:35 p.m. ET

Odds as of Thursday at 10 a.m. ET and via DraftKings. Get up to a $1,000 sign-up bonus at DraftKings today or see more offers and reviews for the best online sportsbooks.

Different day, same story as it pertains to the betting activity on the Cubs-Pirates moneyline.

Last night, sportsbooks dropped the Cubs from around -200 to -170 despite two-thirds of bettors taking that side. Of course, the Cubs still wound up cashing that majority of tickets, but sharps don’t seem to be making much of that one-game sample.

Once again, our brand new PRO Report indicates that the smart money has been landing on Pittsburgh this afternoon:

Cubs vs. Pirates PRO Report

Sharp Action

Just before 10 a.m. ET, two Sports Insights Bet Signals were triggered on the Pirates at +142, indicating sharp, market-moving money hitting the underdogs.

Some shops are still hovering around the +140 mark, but most have now dipped into the +130s, with our consensus line showing +136.

Big Money

Only 25% of bettors are taking Pittsburgh (which makes the line move in that direction all the more indicative of sharp action), but those bettors have generated 40% of actual dollars hitting the moneyline. And since sharper bets are more likely to be bigger than recreational ones, that split serves as another sign that the pros are behind the Pirates once again.

PRO Systems

On top of the professional action coming their way, the Pirates also fit into one of our PRO betting systems:

The system focuses on divisional underdogs in highly-bet games, and has produced a 10% return on investment since 2005.

[Bet the Pirates at +168 with a 20% profit boost at Parx]

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