NBA Sharp Betting Picks (Dec. 16): Pros Playing Cavaliers vs. Raptors, Heat vs. Grizzlies
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- While Monday Night Football takes center stage tonight, sharps are still finding value in the NBA.
- They've made plays on the Cavaliers-Raptors (7:30 p.m. ET) spread and Heat-Grizzlies (8 p.m. ET) over/under.
While most bettors center their attention around tonight’s Monday Night Football matchup — it’s attracted about 10 times more bets than most NBA games tonight — sharps are making sure to cast their net across the entire sports world.
They’ve found value on a couple of Monday’s seven NBA matchups: Cavaliers vs. Raptors (7:30 p.m. ET) and Heat vs. Grizzlies (8 p.m.).
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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors
7:30 p.m. ET
Even with a double-digit spread tacked on, the Cavs are among the least popular bets on Monday’s NBA slate. In fact, only the Grizzlies are seeing less than the 25% backing hitting Cleveland tonight.
Still, oddsmakers have had reason to drop this line from +13 to +12.5, and judging by the the article you’re reading, I’m guessing you could probably come up with that reason.
The 25% of bettors taking the Cavs tonight have generated 44% of actual money being wagered, meaning they’re making bigger bets — the ones more likely to come from sharps.
Two Sports Insights Bet Signals, which track and record instances of sharp market moves in real time, have confirmed the professional action on Cleveland. Both moves came at the opener of +13.
Sharp angle: Cavaliers (moved from +13 to 12.5)
Miami Heat vs. Memphis Grizzlies
8 p.m. ET
You’re already aware of just how much the public likes the Heat in this matchup, and while it’s probably true that the contrarian Grizzlies are seeing a tad more action from sharps, the one-sided professional activity in this game has come by way of the over/under.
Only 26% of bets on this total have hit the under, and while they haven’t generated the same bet-vs.-money discrepancy, they’ve still been able to convince oddsmakers to drop this number from 219 to 216.5.
Three SI Bet Signals (at 219, 218.5 and 218) have hit the under, once again confirming the more respected bettors to be among the minority.
Sharp angle: Under (moved from 219 to 216.5)