It’s been over a week since my last column and that’s due to one of the fundamental reasons why I started writing Wake and Rake. The goal is to use the professional tools provided by Sports Insights’ Sportsbook Insider Pro membership to diagnose which games wiseguys are playing, and getting down on the same side.
However, just because I consider Wake and Rake to be a “column” doesn’t mean that one will be published every day. One of the main differences between the 5% of bettors who win over the long haul and recreational players is that professionals only bet because of value. Over the last week, the total number of NBA and NHL games has been drastically reduced with postseasons commencing. Fewer games mean fewer betting opportunities, and that’s just fine for discplined professional bettors.
Sharps have been relatively quiet so far in the NBA playoffs, but today’s Pacers-Cavs (3:30 p.m. ET) total has seen a steady diet of sharp action since opening Thursday.
Both Bookmaker.eu and Pinnacle opened this total at 216.5 and public bettting has been very balanced, with 52% of tickets favoring the over. While the betting public is split, sharp bettors are not.
Sports Insights’ Bet Signals triggered three separate Steam Moves on the under, two of which occured at Pinnacle, a sportsbook that willingly accepts high-limit wagers from professional bettors. This consistent flow of sharp money has dropped the total to 212.5 at market-setting sportsbooks, with a handful of 213’s still available across the market.
Top Photo: Indiana Pacers bench comprised of the starters stand to watch the closing seconds of the game against the Golden State Warriors