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- The NBA isn't getting the same attention as the World Series on Wednesday night, but sharps are still finding value in two games.
- Sports Insights' Bet Signals reveal which way the sharp money is going in two games: Charlotte Hornets-Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers-San Antonio Spurs.
For the second night in a row, the NBA is taking a slight backseat in the sports betting world.
Our ticket counts have Wednesday night’s World Series Game 2 attracting about three times as many bets as the most heavily-bet game on the NBA slate (Los Angeles Lakers-Phoenix Suns).
Despite that, sharp bettors have still found some value in two of Wednesday’s games in particular: Charlotte Hornets-Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers-San Antonio Spurs.
Betting Terms to Know
Steam Move: Sudden, drastic and uniform line movement across the market caused by an overload of sharp action from respected players.
Reverse Line Movement: When the betting line moves in the opposite direction of the betting percentages. It’s a top smart money indicator.
Line Freeze: When one side is getting heavy betting, but the line won’t budge, indicating sharp liability on the other side.
Juice: The tax or commission that bettors must pay sportsbooks in order for them to accept your wager. A -115 juice means a bettor would have to wager $115 to win $100.
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Charlotte Hornets at Chicago Bulls
8 p.m. ET
Sharp angle: Under (moved from 231.5 to 231)
This total has actually risen from its opening line, which generally wouldn’t lead you to think that the under was the sharp play.
As is often the case, however, sharps didn’t get involved in this game until public bettors had driven the total up to a number that sharps felt had value.
Sixty-one percent of bets have come in on the over as of writing (see live data here), which initially raised the total up all the way from 226 to 231.5. At that point, sharp bettors hit the under, stopping the line movement and even causing some in the other direction.
Three Sports Insights’ Bet Signals have been triggered on the under, as well as 76% of money wagered on the total, indicating that bigger bets — more likely to be from sharps — are behind it.
Indiana Pacers at San Antonio Spurs
8:30 p.m. ET
Sharp angles: Pacers (moved from +2.5 to +1.5); Under (moved from 215 to 210.5)
One bet wasn’t enough for wiseguys on Wednesday night’s Pacers-Spurs matchup. They’ve hit the Pacers and the under, causing market-wide line movement in each case.
Indiana is seeing only 31% of bets in this game, but has triggered three Bet Signals, falling from +2.5 to +1.5 as a result.
Similarly, only 31% of bettors are taking the under, but the total has fallen almost five points as sharps have triggered five Bet Signals on it, including a most recent signal at the current number of 210.5.