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- Public bettors struggled over the weekend, as teams getting more than 50% of bets got crushed.
- Tonight they're focused on three more plays, although they aren't as lopsided as usual.
‘Twas not the best weekend for public bettors. Teams getting more than 50% of bets went 11-20 over the past two days, losing 12.7 units for a -41% return on investment.
Perhaps it’s only coincidence, but following the tough weekend, tonight’s most popular betting percentages aren’t quite as lopsided as usual. Of Monday’s most popular plays, only two have received more than 70% of bets.
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Atlanta Braves (-164) vs. Miami Marlins
7:35 p.m. ET
With 76% of bettors behind the Braves, they’re the most popular play Monday night. Those bets have accounted for 73% of dollars, and the Braves have barely moved from their opening number of -163 to -164.
Why the public loves Atlanta: Miami is 11.5 games behind the Braves, who are making a push for their first postseason appearance since 2013. Weighing the relative importance of this game to each team makes this a pretty easy decision for the public.
Oakland Athletics (-147) vs. Toronto Blue Jays
10:05 p.m. ET
The A’s have attracted 71% of bettors tonight, but those bettors have accounted for just 38% of dollars. Like the Braves’ price, the Athletics’ line hasn’t moved much from its opening number of -145.
Why the public loves Oakland: The 61-win A’s just suffered a three-game sweep at the hands of the Rockies. What does that mean to public bettors? Oakland is due.
San Francisco Giants (-102) at San Diego Padres
10:10 p.m. ET
Sixty-nine percent of bettors have made the Giants tonight’s third-most popular side. They’ve also landed 80% of dollars to this point, but have fallen from -118 to -102.
Why the public loves San Francisco: At 42-66, the Padres are the worst team in the National League, yet they’re a slight favorite right now against the 53-54 Giants. That San Francisco price is just too good for the public to pass up.