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- Wiseguys are betting a trio of MLB games tonight, headlined by Cubs-Rockies at 8:40 p.m. ET.
- Sharps are also getting down on Diamondbacks-Phillies (7:05 p.m. ET) and Nationals-White Sox (8:10 p,m. ET).
- Using the tools available at The Action Network. we analyze how pros are betting each game.
The weekend is over and it’s back to the grind for sharps and squares. While the gambling universe is laser-focused on tonight’s do-or-die NBA Finals Game 5 between the Warriors and Raptors, wiseguys remain quietly committed to maximizing their edge on the diamond.
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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 (RLM): 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.
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Arizona Diamondbacks (34-32) @ Philadelphia Phillies (37-28)
Taylor Clarke (1-2, 4.43 ERA) vs. Jerad Eickhoff (3-3, 4.14 ERA)
7:05 p.m. ET
Casual bettors love betting favorites, home teams and big-market clubs with star players. The Phillies check off all of those public boxes tonight. So of course the sharps see value on the red-hot Diamondbacks, contrarian road dogs aiming for their fifth straight win.
This game opened with Philadelphia listed as a -135 road favorite. Currently 65% of bets are laying the moneyline price with the Phils, yet this line has barely budged.
Normally, a team receiving two-thirds of bets will see the line move in its favor. The fact that we haven’t seen that happen indicates a sharp “line freeze” on the D-backs, with books reluctant to hand out more plus-money to wiseguys buying low on the road dogs.
Using our Sports Insights Bet Signals, we noticed sharps hammer the Snakes, triggering market-wide steam that overrode the heavy Phillies betting and kept the line stagnant. We haven’t seen any conflicting moves (or buyback) on the Phils.
A few added bonuses for sharps sweating Arizona:
- The D-backs are road dogs with a high total (9.5), a profitable spot since 2005.
- Arizona also has a better run-differential than Philadelphia (+56 vs. +24).
- The Snakes own the third-best road record (20-16) in the National League.
Sharp angle: Diamondbacks (stayed at +125)
Washington Nationals (30-35) @ Chicago White Sox (31-33)
Anibal Sanchez (1-6, 4.19 ERA) vs. Odrisamer Despaigne (no record)
8:10 p.m. ET
Conventional wisdom is created based on public perception, but it isn’t always true. Take, for instance, this under-the-radar Interleague matchup on the South Side.