NBA Friday Sharp Betting Picks & Predictions (Dec. 13): Lakers-Heat Among 3 Favorite Pro Plays
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) gets a high five from forward LeBron James (23)
- Sharp NBA bettors won't always bet the big games on a given night, but they certainly are tonight, with a clear pick coming in on the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat game (7 p.m. ET).
- The Lakers are slight betting favorites (the spread is LA -5), but professional bettors haven't worried about the side, choosing to focus on the over/under instead.
- Here's how they've bet the Lakers-Heat total, along with a two other games on Friday night's slate.
Friday night brings along with it another light sports schedule as football is off until tomorrow’s Army vs. Navy game and college hoops offers just five matchups.
As a result, the NBA is thrust into the sports-betting forefront with a nine-game slate, headlined by Lakers vs. Heat.
LeBron James back in Miami will certainly have some mainstream storylines that attract casual bettors, but sharps are also getting down on this game.
Along with Lakers vs. Heat, the pros are hitting Pacers vs. Hawks and Hornets vs. Bulls.
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NBA Friday Sharp Betting Picks
Lakers vs. Heat Pick
7 p.m. ET
While the Lakers vs. Heat spread has attracted little in terms of sharp action, the pros have already taken a crack at the over/under.
Just 38% of bets on the total have hit the under, but they account for 51% of the money wagered.
Sports Insights’ Bet Signals, which track and report professional betting action in real-time, have triggered two smart money indictors on the under as well, revealing why this total has dropped from 214 to 212.
Sharp angle: Under (moved from 214 to 212)
Pacers vs. Hawks Picks
7:30 p.m. ET
Fifty-five percent of bets on the total are landing on the over, suggesting balanced overall betting.
However, 94% of the money is also on that side of the total, meaning the biggest wagers are expecting a higher-scoring game.
SI’s Bet Signals agree, reporting Steam Moves on Over 222 and Over 223, showing the reasoning behind this line move from 222.5 to 224.
Pros are doubling down on the Pacers vs. Hawks spread as well, with Atlanta attracting two smart money indicators of its own, sending this number from +6 to +5.5.
Sharp angles: Over (moved from 222.5 to 224) and Hawks (moved from +6 to +5.5)
Hornets vs. Bulls Pick
8 p.m. ET
Wiseguys are once again targeting a total, this time driving the Hornets vs. Bulls over/under from 214 to 213. A massive bets-vs.-money discrepancy (48% of bets, but 85% of dollars) shows this number moving with the money.
SI’s Bet Signals have also weighed in, triggering a smart money indicator at Under 214, providing further context as to what’s behind the line movement.
Sharp angle: Under (moved from 214 to 213)