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- The public's top Monday plays struggled, recording only one win on three heavy favorites.
- Tonight they've targeted three more teams at minus-money: the Red Sox, Athletics and Tigers.
It was a tough Monday for public bettors, who recorded only one win out of their top three plays. As usual, all three plays were fairly heavy favorites, which certainly didn’t help.
Tonight’s most popular plays come at cheaper lines, although all three still come at minus-money.
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Boston Red Sox (-146) at Baltimore Orioles
7:05 p.m. ET
Getting 83% of bets in what’s on pace to be tonight’s most heavily bet game, the Red Sox are the most popular bet for the second straight night. Their heavy support has accounted for only 57% of dollars, however, which has moved them from -185 to -146.
Why the public loves Boston: Generally, in a matchup between a .696 team and a .277 team, you’d expect to be laying at least -200 on the former. So with the chance to take Boston at -146, public bettors can’t get enough.
Oakland Athletics (-106) at Texas Rangers
8:05 p.m. ET
Oakland is drawing a heavy majority in Arlington tonight, as 80% of bettors are backing the A’s. Those bettors have accounted for only 49% of dollars, however, and like the Sox, the A’s have fallen from -123 to -106.
Why the public loves Oakland: The A’s are 16 games up on the Rangers in the AL West, and oddsmakers are letting bettors have them as a virtual pick’em. Oakland is also 7-3 in its last 10 games to Texas’ 2-8, so this seems like a no-brainer to the public.
Detroit Tigers (-113) at Kansas City Royals
8:15 p.m. ET
The Tigers, yes the Tigers, are getting 83% of bets this evening. If that number holds, it would be their highest percentage of the season (they’ve had more than 70% of bets only three times).
They’ve also drawn 79% of dollars to move from -110 to -113.
Why the public loves Detroit: Considering the Tigers are a below-.500 team, you can assume that this play has less to do with Detroit and more to do with the Royals. Kansas City has been the second-worst team for bettors this season, losing 26.8 units for Royals backers so far.