Here at The Action Network, we do our best to use proprietary data, tools, and software to identify which bets are being made by professional bettors around the globe. Additionally, these same features also tell us which sides are being pounded, and often overvalued, by public bettors.
While our free betting percentage data already does a lot of the work by reporting which sides are receiving the largest chunk of betting tickets, we can also combine those with the total number of bets coming down on a game to pinpoint which teams are getting the most public attention.
With this in mind, I’ve combed through the data across all sports to determine Wednesday’s most popular public sides.
*Data as of 1 p.m. ET
Oklahoma City Thunder (-5) at Dallas Mavericks
8:30 p.m. ET
Oklahoma City is not only the most popular NBA play, in terms of spread tickets wagered (88%), but it’s also the second most-heavily bet game of the NBA slate in terms of total tickets.
Considering this game doesn’t tip until 8:30 p.m. ET, there’s still plenty of time for more recreational money to come down on the Thunder.
Indiana Pacers (-5) at Atlanta Hawks
7:30 p.m. ET
Trailing only the Thunder-Mavericks game, Indiana is also an extremely popular side among recreational bettors. With 87% of tickets and 96% of real dollars wagered on the Pacers, oddsmakers have adjusted the line from an opener of Indiana -4/-4.5 up to -5 across the betting market.
Mississippi at Kentucky (-8.5)
7 p.m. ET
Due to the sheer number of college basketball programs, it’s crucial to not simply rely on ticket percentages when trying to determine the most popular public sides. At the time of publication, there are eight sides receiving a higher percentage of bets than Kentucky, but the handle of this matchup is much more substantial than those more lopsided.
Frankly, it’s not all that surprising to see public bettors flocking to this game considering Kentucky is involved and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2. Recreational players like to bet on games they can watch, and this one certainly fits the bill.
Top Photo: Mississippi State Bulldogs guard Xavian Stapleton passes the ball against Kentucky Wildcats forward PJ Washington and guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander; credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports