NBA Playoffs, NL East Attracting Wednesday’s Public Bettors
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
- Phillies at Marlins may not be the most attractive MLB matchup of the day, but recreational bettors are loading up on one side.
- Public money is all over the Mets against the Braves, yet the line isn’t coming along for the ride.
- Jazz-Rockets will be the most heavily bet game of the day, and bettors can’t get enough of this total.
There’s only one NBA Playoff game on the board tonight, but bettors still made use of the Jazz-Rockets showdown at 8 p.m. ET. That and two NL East matchups make up tonight’s three most popular bets.
Philadelphia Phillies (-168) at Miami Marlins
7:10 p.m. ET
With 77% of the public backing them, the Phillies are the most popular team in sports tonight. Money has been a bit more evenly split, with 62% landing on the Phils, but this line has still moved in their direction from its opening number of -161.
Why the public loves Philly: After dropping the first two games of this series, the Phillies are attempting to avoid being swept by a team expected to be one of the worst in the league this season. Public bettors see no chance of that happening, especially with Philly’s ace, Aaron Nola, on the mound tonight.
New York Mets (-160) vs. Atlanta Braves
7:10 p.m. ET
Staying in the division, Jacob deGrom and the Mets are another one of tonight’s public favorites, as they’ve attracted 74% of bettors. Only 33% of dollars are behind New York, however, and they’ve fallen from -184 to -160.
Why the public loves the Mets: Both of these squads have been good to their backers so far this season, but to a public bettor, beating Syndergaard and deGrom on consecutive nights seems like too tall of a task for the Braves.
Utah Jazz-Houston Rockets Over 205.5
8 p.m. ET
As the only NBA matchup, this one will end up being the most heavily bet game across all sports tonight, and the public’s opinion is pretty apparent regarding the total.
Eighty-one percent of bettors are on the over, yet the total has fallen from its opener of 206, as those bettors have accounted for only 72% of dollars.
Why the public loves the over: Knowing the Rockets to be an offensive juggernaut, bettors are happily pounding this relatively low total. Only eight times this season has a Rockets game had a total less than tonight’s.
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