Celtics vs. Warriors Drawing Sharp Action from Pro Bettors
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- Tonight's NBA slate is drawing sharp bettors to three games in particular, including Celtics vs. Warriors (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).
- The Action Network's tools reveal the plays that pros are making.
Sharp bettors didn’t waste any time getting down on Friday’s eight-game NBA slate. Even some of tonight’s latest tips, including Celtics vs. Warriors and Kings vs. Lakers, drew wiseguys’ attention in the early hours of the morning.
Both of those matchups, along with Wizards vs. Timberwolves, make up tonight’s NBA Sharp Report. Let’s take a look at how the pros are betting them.
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Wizards vs. Timberwolves
8 p.m. ET | FS-N
The highest total on tonight’s slate is listed as such for a reason. The Wizards own the eighth-highest mark in the NBA at 115.6 points per game and the third highest in points allowed per game (120.0). Minnesota ranks fifth (117.2) and sixth (116.2) in the same categories, respectively.
But even opening at 238, this total was deemed too low by most bettors — including sharps.
Sixty-two percent of bets have hit the over since opening, and they’ve accounted for 84% of actual money being wagered on the total, revealing that the heavier bets — the ones more likely to come from sharps — are on the over.
Confirming that professional action, Sports Insights’ Bet Signals — triggered whenever a market-wide move comes as a result of sharp action — have hit the over on four occasions, at lines ranging from 238.5 to 240, driving this line up to its current listing of 241.5, and up to 242 at some shops.
Sharp angle: Over (moved from 238 to 241.5) [In New Jersey? Bet now at PointsBet]
Celtics vs. Warriors
10:30 p.m. ET | ESPN
Not only are the red-hot Celtics drawing the highest percentage of bets on tonight’s slate, they’re also playing in the game drawing the highest ticket count.
Eighty-three percent of spread bets in this matchup have landed on the C’s, who opened as 8-point favorites on the road. Their bettors have generated 71% of actual money, though, and once again the bigger bets have pointed to the sharper side.
Boston is down to a consensus -7.5 despite its massive backing, thanks to sharp action on the home dog. Three SI Bet Signals have hit the Warriors so far, convincing oddsmakers to drop the line even though it gives the majority of their customers an easier cover.
Sharp angle: Warriors (moved from +8 to +7.5) [In New Jersey? Bet now at PointsBet]
Kings vs. Lakers
10:30 p.m. ET | NBCS-CA
This game is seeing a similar betting pattern to the first one on tonight’s sharp card, though it’s coming on the opposite bet.
Fifty-six percent of bets accounting for 89% of money have hit the under in tonight’s Kings-Lakers matchup, and another two Bet Signals have confirmed that to be the sharper side.
Also serving as confirmation has been oddsmakers’ reaction to the bets they’re taking in, as they’ve dropped the line from 217.5 to 213.
Sharp angle: Under (moved from 217.5 to 213) [In New Jersey? Bet now at PointsBet]