NBA Sharp Report: Timberwolves-Knicks Among 3 Games Drawing Smart Money
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- Sharps are hitting three games on the second day back from the NBA All-Star weekend.
- Sports Insights' Bet Signals and betting market percentages help reveal the plays wiseguys are making.
If you’re a fan of points, you might be happy with some of the plays on today’s sharp report. Uncharacteristically, two of the three plays on tonight’s card come on overs.
Headlined by Timberwolves-Knicks at 7:30 p.m. ET, here are the three games drawing the most action from wiseguys Friday night.
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New Orleans Pelicans @ Indiana Pacers
7 p.m. ET
Sharp angle: Over (moved from 220 to 222.5)
Generally, the public tends to flock to overs. On tonight’s slate, this has been the least popular over thanks to just 41% of bets. Still, oddsmakers have bumped this total up by 2.5 points since opening.
Right off the bat, that should hint at sharp action landing on the over. It’s getting less action than the under, so why would sportsbooks make it easier for the majority of their customers to win this bet?
Sure enough, Sports Insights’ Bet Signals reveal pros putting their money down on a high-scoring affair. Two signals, triggered by sudden, market-wide movement caused by sharp action, have come in on the over at totals of 220.5 and 221.5.
Minnesota Timberwolves @ New York Knicks
7:30 p.m. ET
Sharp angle: Knicks (moved from +6.5 to +5)
While most of today’s professional action has come on over/unders, sharps certainly have made their opinion clear on the side of this matchup.
While the Knicks have attracted just 34% of bettors, they’ve generated an impressive 48% of actual money wagered. And since sharper bettors are more likely to bet more than your average Joe, that serves as the first indication that wiseguys are taking the points.
With no monetary liability, the two-point line move toward New York should also point to sharp action on the Knicks. With close to 50-50 action in terms of actual money, there’d be no reason for such a drastic move unless one side included backing from more sharp players.
The Knicks did also trigger three SI Bet Signals, though they came at higher point spreads (one at +7, two at +6).
Los Angeles Clippers @ Memphis Grizzlies
8 p.m. ET
Sharp angle: Over (moved from 213.5 to 216.5)
Apparently one over wasn’t enough for sharp bettors today. While not as contrarian, this spot has seen a three-point rise on just 48% of bets.
As was the case with the Knicks, this over has also generated a significant discrepancy between bets and actual money. The 48% of bettors on the over have accounted for 60% of dollars, meaning bigger, sharper bettors are among that group.
Confirming that indication have been two Sports Insights Bet Signals — one at 213 to 214.5 — helping drive this line up.