Wake and Rake: Sharps and Public on Opposite Sides of Celtics-Kings
Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Now that the NCAA Tournament has advanced to the final day of the Elite Eight, the lack of college basketball games has recreational bettors back on the NBA, especially in early betting.
Based on our number of bets statistic, tonight’s Elite Eight matchups are taking monster action, but the NBA slate is also generating a nice handle, especially this early in the day.
Using the tools and data available at The Action Network, it doesn’t take long to pinpoint tonight’s Celtics-Kings (6 p.m.) matchup as one attracting heavy sharp and public action.
Boston opened as a 7-point favorite at Bookmaker.eu and the public is all over the Celtics. Eighty percent of tickets and a whopping 96% of actual dollars are laying the points, yet the line has dropped down to -6 across the sports betting market.
Sports Insights Bet Signals — which track sharp action in real time at over 50 Las Vegas and offshore sportsbooks — triggered two Reverse Line Moves at Kings +6.5, revealing that professional money is the reason for the one-point line move.
While recreational bettors can’t lay the points quickly enough, wiseguys have been patiently buying back the value with Sacramento, setting up a clear sharps vs. public divide.
Top Photo: Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier (12) celebrates a three point basket against the Sacramento Kings