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Thursday Sharp Report: Pros Betting Cubs-Pirates, Three Other Games

Aug 16, 2018 5:18 PM EDT

Jon Lester. Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

  • Professional bettors are pounding four of Thursday's games, headlined by tonight's Chicago Cubs-Pittsburgh Pirates (7:05 p.m. ET) matchup.
  • The only moneyline attracting sharp action is Washington Nationals-St. Louis Cardinals (7:15 p.m. ET), while the other two plays focus on over/unders.

Wiseguys finally took down the mighty Red Sox last night, as the Phillies won, 7-4, and cashed as a +103 dog for the sharps. Unfortunately, the Orioles and Padres couldn’t come through and professionals finished the night 1-2 with their Wednesday plays.

With a small slate of games today, sharps will look to bounce back and capitalize on high ticket counts and increased contrarian value.

After analyzing Thursday’s 10-game slate using Sports Insights’ Sportsbook Insider Pro betting tools, I’ve pinpointed four MLB bets that professionals are focusing on, starting at 7:05 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 7:35 p.m., and 8:05 p.m. ET.

>> All data as of 2:45 p.m. ET. Download The Action Network App to get real-time MLB odds and track your bets.

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 the sportsbook in order for them to accept your wager. A -115 juice means a bettors would have to wager $115 to win $100.

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