Wake and Rake: Celtics-Bucks Attracting One-Sided Professional Action
Following another quiet week for early sharp action and Wake and Rake, professional money is showing up and moving lines for each of Sunday’s NBA games. Two of today’s matchups are taking two-way action, meaning there’s disagreement among the pros regarding where the value lies.
A common myth among recreational bettors is that most games have a clear “sharp side.” However, professional bettors are not only selective, but often disagree on which side is the right side. For example, sharps steamed today’s Cavs-Pacers game at both Cleveland +1 and Indiana +1, revealing that respected opinions differ on this matchup.
On the other hand, the tools and betting data included in Sports Insights’ Sportsbook Insider Pro membership reveal that professional money has loaded up on the same side of today’s Celtics-Bucks (1:00 p.m. ET) Game 4 matchup.
The overall betting action is very balanced in this game, with 51% of spread tickets coming in on Boston. While recreational bettors are split, sharp bettors are not. After the Bucks opened -5 across the market, Sports Insights’ Bet Signals triggered a Steam Move on Boston +5, moving the number down to +4.5 at the majority of offshore sportsbooks.
In fact, Bookmaker.eu, a market-setting sportsbook that accepts high-limit wagers, moved to Bucks -4 earlier this morning before coming back to the market consensus of -4.5. This indicates their action was so one-sided that oddsmakers posted an off-market -4 to attract Bucks money in order to offset Boston liability.
Top Photo: Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown drives to the basket between Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) and center Tyler Zeller (44)