Knicks vs. 76ers Sharp Betting Pick (Jan. 18): How Pro Action Is Shaping the Spread

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An 11-game NBA slate accompanies today’s giant college hoops schedule, and one game in particular seems to be catching the eye of the betting public.

Not only is Knicks vs. 76ers among the most heavily bet games out of the gate, it’s also the one featuring the most popular betting ticket thus far, as 84% of the bettors drawn to this game have laid the points with Philly.

Given the somewhat surprisingly small spread (now -4), it’s not all that surprising to see the public hammering away at the superior team.

As for the sharps …

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Knicks vs. 76ers Sharp Betting Pick

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The very first books to market were actually up at -6.5 with their opening numbers yesterday, and sharps didn’t waste much time getting them down into the current range. By the late afternoon, the consensus had been set at Philly -4/4.5.

But even those that opened after the initial sharp wave still experienced a bit of pro action.

Four Sports Insights Bet Signals have hit the Knicks to this point (at numbers ranging from +5 to +4), indicating four cases of sharp activity causing market-wide movement.

Given their heavy early liability on Philly, oddsmakers have bounced back and forth between 3.5 and 4. And with the current line being one that’s drawn smart money before, it’s certainly within reason to think that pros might come down on the Knicks once again.

Sharp angle: Knicks (moved from +4.5 to +4)

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