Thursday’s NBA Slate Drawing Heavy Public Action
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Just because the sports world is focused on the Masters doesn’t mean that bettors aren’t also eyeing Thursday’s loaded slate of MLB, NBA and NHL action. In fact, it’s been business as usual today for recreational bettors who are happily laying NBA favorites in full force.
Using our public bets and money percentage data, we’ve broken down three NBA games getting hammered by the public.
Golden State Warriors (-2) at Indiana Pacers
7:00 p.m. ET
In tonight’s most lopsided NBA matchup, 80% of bets and 94% of dollars are laying the two with the road favorite. This heavy Golden State action has forced oddsmakers to move the line from -1.5 up to -2 across the market.
Why the public loves Golden State: Even with Steph Curry out, Golden State still has plenty of firepower, making a two-point spread against Indiana too enticing to pass up.
Washington Wizards at Cleveland Cavaliers (-5.5)
8:00 p.m. ET
According to our number of bets statistic, this game is drawing the largest NBA betting handle of the night. And with 76% of tickets backing Cleveland, it’s easy to understand why this line has moved from an opener of -4 to the current number of -5.5.
Why the public loves Cleveland: The Cavs are 8-1 straight-up AND against the spread since Kevin Love returned. On the other hand, Washington has been scuffling this month, posting a 6-10 record since March 1.
Minnesota Timberwolves at Denver Nuggets (-5.5)
10:30 p.m. ET
Denver opened as a 5.5-point favorite and is receiving 71% of betting tickets. This matchup is also drawing two-way sharp action, which is why the line is back to the opener of -5.5.
Why the public loves Denver: Minnesota is 0-5-1 ATS in its last six games and recreational bettors are notoriously quick to turn on teams who have burned them recently.
Photo: Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) speaks to Golden State Warriors center Jordan Bell (2)