How Pros Are Betting Celtics-Raptors Tuesday Night
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- Sharp action has hit tonight's matchup between the Celtics and Raptors (8 p.m. ET, TNT) in Toronto.
- Sports Insights' Bet Signals and betting market percentages help reveal the play wiseguys are making.
What Tuesday’s NBA slate lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality. Only three games will tip off tonight, but two consist of matchups between .600 teams or better: Celtics-Raptors and Thunder-Nuggets (8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET, respectively).
Both will also be aired nationally (TNT), meaning they’ll attract bets aplenty.
And based on the betting tools available at The Action Network, it’s clear that sharps are targeting tonight’s key Eastern Conference matchup.
Boston Celtics @ Toronto Raptors
8 p.m. ET | TNT
Sharp angle: Celtics (moved from +4 to +3.5)
Despite dropping its last game, Toronto enters tonight as a winner of eight of its past nine, and holds the 2-spot in the East. That puts the Raptors 6.5 games up on the Celtics, who have lost two straight and four of six.
On their home court, the Raptors opened as 4-point favorites at most sportsbooks.
Since that time, overall action from the betting market has been pretty close to even. The Celtics have a slight edge in bets (53%) and money (51%), both of which could easily swap sides as more bettors dive in.
What is noteworthy, however, is how the line has moved as a result of the balanced action. With no real monetary liability, there’d be no reason for oddsmakers to adjust the point spread … unless, of course, one side consisted of sharper bettors.
Sure enough, this line has moved toward the visiting Celtics, who are now down to +3.5.
Sports Insights’ Bet Signals — which are triggered when sharp action causes market-wide line movement — have revealed four instances of professional money hitting the C’s, compared to just one for Toronto.
It’s worth noting, though, that the most recent signal came at a line of +4, and our Line Predictor Tool sees a good chance that this line will make its way back up to that number by tip off.
You can keep up with all of the line changes, as well as the betting patterns on each of Tuesday’s matchups with The Action Network’s live odds page.