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- Sharps are betting three MLB games on Thursday, headlined by Boston Red Sox-Chicago White Sox (8:10 p.m. ET), with Boston listed as a -155 favorite with an over/under of 9
- Wiseguys are also betting Chicago Cubs-Philadelphia Phillies (7:05 p.m. ET) and Colorado Rockies-San Diego Padres (10:10 p.m. ET)
Wiseguys posted their fourth straight winning day on Thursday, cashing both of their Under plays (Angels-Astros and Mariners-Athletics) en route to a 2-0 night. Now it’s onto Friday.
Historically, today is the best day of the week to bet against the public. With recreational bettors wrapping up their work week, Average Joes are more likely to get down on games, leading to increased ticket counts and elevated contrarian value for the pros.
After analyzing Friday’s 15-game slate using Sports Insights’ Sportsbook Insider Pro betting tools, I’ve pinpointed three MLB bets that professionals are focusing on, starting at 7:05 p.m., 8:10 p.m. and 10:10 p.m. ET.
Betting Terms to Know
Steam Move: Sudden, drastic and uniform line movement across the market caused by an overload of sharp action from respected players.
Reverse Line Movement: When the betting line moves in the opposite direction of the betting percentages. It’s a top smart money indicator.
Line Freeze: When one side is getting heavy betting, but the line won’t budge, indicating sharp liability on the other side.
Juice: The tax or commission that bettors must pay sportsbooks in order for them to accept your wager. A -115 juice means a bettor would have to wager $115 to win $100.