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How Sharps Are Betting Pistons-Bucks Game 2


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  • Sharps are making moves on the largest point spread on tonight's NBA Playoff slate.
  • Sports Insights' Bet Signals reveal whether they're expecting another blowout in Milwaukee.

Considering that the Bucks closed as 14.5-point favorites over the Pistons in Game 1, I don’t think anyone was expecting an exciting playoff series out of the No. 1 vs. No. 8 matchup in the East. Still, a 35-point blowout in the playoffs is almost always going to raise some eyebrows.

Another thing it’s going to do? Attract bettors.

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The Bucks are getting 76% of spread tickets tonight against the Pistons in Game 2. If that figure holds up, they’ll be the most popular bet so far this postseason.

Despite their heavy backing, this spread is starting to trend the other way.

Early books opened this line at Sunday’s closing number of -14.5. Because of the onslaught of Bucks bettors following the blowout win, books quickly readjusted up to -15.5, which is where the rest of the market joined. It’s also where sharps decided they found value on the underdogs.

Per Sports Insights’ Bet Signals, wiseguys hit the Pistons four times at +15.5, causing an industry-wide line shift down to +15. A few shops have even continued the move back to the opening number of +14.5.

Of course, Blake Griffin’s status is still somewhat up in the air. After it was believed he’d likely miss the whole series, the Pistons have called him day-to-day with a chance to play in Game 2. In any case, what’s clear is that given the information available now, sharps believe this line has gotten just a bit out of hand.

Keep up with any line moves following Griffin’s availability decision using The Action Network’s live NBA odds data.

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