NBA Sharp Report: Hawks-Jazz Among 3 Games Drawing Smart Money

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  • Friday's NBA slate has drawn sharp bettors to three games in particular, including Hawks at Jazz.
  • Sports Insights' Bet Signals reveal which way the smart money is going in all three games.

With only five games on tonight’s NBA slate, it may seem like a night to take the foot off the gas a bit. Sharps, however, aren’t too concerned with the number or quality of games on a given schedule. If the matchups present value, they’ll be betting.

That’s been the case tonight, as three of Friday’s five matchups have drawn significant action from professional players that’s caused oddsmakers to shift their lines, including Celtics-Knicks (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).

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Memphis Grizzlies @ Charlotte Hornets

7 p.m. ET | FS-SE

Sharp angle: Under (moved from 206.5 to 204)

Having the lowest opening total by far on Friday’s slate, this Grizzlies-Hornets matchup has understandably drawn recreational bettors to the over. In today’s NBA, it just feels like a game should generate at least 206.5 points.

Not to sharps, apparently.

Even though 63% of bets are landing on the over, this total has fallen considerably from its opening number down to 204. Part of the reason has been that 65% of actual money is on the under.

Not only does that create a slight liability for sportsbooks, it more importantly reveals that the under is drawing bigger bets — ones more likely to be made by sharps.

Confirming that sign of professional action have been three Sports Insights Bet Signals, the most recent of which showed smart money hitting the under at a total of 204.5.

Boston Celtics @ New York Knicks

7:30 p.m. ET | ESPN

Sharp angle: Under (moved from 216 to 215.5)

Every night this week has seemed to draw sharps to multiple NBA unders, and Friday has been no different. This time, though, they’ve got most of the betting public on their side as well.

Two-thirds of bets on tonight’s Celtics-Knicks total have hit the under, but once again those bets have accounted for a significantly higher percentage of actual money — 82%, to be exact.

Another three Bet Signals have triggered on this under, although it’s worth noting that they’ve all come a total of at least 217.5.

Atlanta Hawks @ Utah Jazz

9 p.m. ET | FS-SE

Sharp angle: Hawks (moved from +12 to +11.5)

Just as unders have been attracting plenty of wiseguy money this week, so too have the Hawks.

Seemingly undervalued by the market every time they play, the Hawks have moved from +12 to +11.5 today despite attracting only 32% of bets.

Following the pattern of the other bets on tonight’s sharp card, the Hawks have also drawn a higher percentage of money (42%) than dollars, and have triggered a couple Bet Signals of their own.

With clear action from their sharper customers on the underdogs, sportsbooks have had no choice but to move this line away from the popular side.