NBA Sharp Report: Celtics-Sixers, Jazz-Knicks Drawing Smart Money Wednesday
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- It may be tournament season, but sharps are still finding value betting on the NBA.
- Sports Insights' Bet Signals and betting market percentages help reveal the two NBA plays wiseguys are making Wednesday.
Yet another day in March with low NBA bet counts … and the true first-round games of the NCAA Tournament haven’t even begun. Over the next four days this board might just turn into a barren wasteland.
In any case, sharps will be betting the NBA as long as it provides them with some value, as it appears to tonight. Pros have hit two over/unders on Wednesday: Celtics-Sixers (7 p.m.) and Jazz-Knicks (7:30 p.m. ET).
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Boston Celtics @ Philadelphia 76ers
7 p.m. ET
Sharp angle: Under (moved from 226 to 224.5)
While the phrase “heavily bet” should be used loosely when talking about anything other than a college basketball matchup this week, this is still going to be one the most heavily bet NBA games on tonight’s slate.
Among those betting this game — specifically on the total — are sharps. While overall bets are split 50-50 between the over and under (which in theory shouldn’t invite a line change), sharps have taken a liking to a low-scoring game, as indicated by both money percentages and Sports Insights’ Bet Signals.
The 50% of bets on the under have generated 91% of actual money being wagered on the total, meaning its drawing in bigger bettors — the ones more likely to be sharps.
Two Sports Insights Bet Signals — revealing instances of sharp action causing market-wide movement — have also been triggered on the under, though it’s worth noting that both came at the opening number of 226.
Utah Jazz @ New York Knicks
7:30 p.m. ET
Sharp angle: Under (moved from 211.5 to 209)
In another one of today’s more heavily bet NBA games, sharps are taking the same approach. In this case, though, they’re going against a higher percentage of the betting public.
Sixty-four percent of bettors have hit the over, but as was the case in the Boston-Philly matchup, the total has fallen from its opening number.
Once again, it’s been money percentages and SI Bet Signals confirming that sharps are causing the line movement.
Despite the 34% backing of the under, those bets have accounted for an impressive 85% of actual money wagered on the total, meaning they’re coming from the much bigger, and probably sharper bettors.
Three Bet Signals have also hit the under, and in this case, the lowest total to trigger a sharp move was 210.