With only two college hoops games to choose from tonight, we’ll stick with the professionals to find Tuesday’s three most popular public bets.
Oklahoma City Thunder (-4.5) at Boston Celtics
8 p.m. ET
OKC has dominated the betting matchup in this one, as their 82% of bets makes them the only team to hit the 80-mark on tonight’s slate. They’re also getting 87% of the spread money wagered on this game which has helped drive the line from -2.5 to -4.5.
Why the public loves OKC: The Thunder are hot, having won their last six games and covering in five of those six. But their public attention today is a result of their opponent’s depleted lineup. In addition to their season ending injuries the C’s will be without Kyrie Irving (knee) and Jaylen Brown (concussion) tonight.
Minnesota Timberwolves (-4) vs. Los Angeles Clippers
8 p.m. ET
Tipping off simultaneously will be the second-most lopsided betting matchup tonight. The T’wolves have received 78% of spread bets and 75% of spread money which has similarly moved their line from -2.5 to -4.
Why the public loves Minnesota: Only two games separate these teams in the standings, but given the Timberwolves’ 26-9 home record this season, bettors are willing to look past the absence of Jimmy Butler and lay the points.
Houston Rockets-Portland Trail Blazers Over 218
10:30 p.m. ET
Totals don’t generate the same quantity of bets that sides do, but to me, this is still the most interesting takeaway from tonight’s public betting data.
To this point, the Houston-Portland ‘over’ has received 92% of over/under bets made on the game. Of course, tickets will continue to flow in throughout the day and this will likely start to even out a bit, but as it stands this would be the most lopsided total this season.
For those curious, the current most lopsided total came last month when Houston hosted the Nuggets. 85% of bettors took the over in that one, and it hit.
Why the public loves the over: Seeing bettors on a Rockets’ over should come as no surprise. Only one time this season have the majority of the public been on the under in a Rockets’ game, but you might be surprised to know that Houston’s “over record” is just 30-39-1 on the season.
Photo: Clippers guard Chris Paul drives past Blazers guard Evan Turner
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