Thursday MLB Odds, Betting Trends: Brewers vs. Cubs, Reds vs. Braves Among Most Popular Public Picks
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Rejoice: Baseball is finally here.
Thursday is Opening Day, marking Game 1 of 162 this season.
Not every team is in action, but seven games line the board to open the season, including five matchups out of the National League.
The Cubs meet the Brewers for an early matinee, before the reigning World Series champion Braves host the Reds in the early evening window.
Here are the five sides public bettors are riding to open the campaign.
Thursday’s MLB Odds & Betting Trends
*Odds and public betting trends data as of Thursday morning
5 Most Popular MLB Bets
Cardinals (-180) vs. Pirates
7:15 p.m. ET
Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals are the hottest pick of the day.
We’ve logged 77% of the tickets on St. Louis to beat Pittsburgh, far and away the most-lopsided count in our tracker.
Brewers (-180) vs. Cubs
2:20 p.m. ET
Another -180 favorite getting slammed is Milwaukee, which is pulling in 74% of the wagers as road chalk at Wrigley.
The Brewers are sending out reigning NL Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes to toe the slab.
Braves (-175) vs. Reds
8:08 p.m. ET
It’s mostly Braves support for the opener against Cincinnati.
Atlanta’s generating 69% of the tickets on the moneyline, the third most-bet game on the board.
Padres (-135) vs. Diamondbacks
9:40 p.m. ET
The Padres aren’t exactly full strength, but that hasn’t stopped the public from peppering them against the D’Backs.
We’ve tracked two of every three bets on San Diego as a road favorite.
Mets (-118) vs. Nationals
7:05 p.m. ET
Last but not least are the Mets, who give the ball to Tylor Megill to get the season underway.
Roughly 57% of the public tickets are flooding the road team, rounding out the top-five wagers.