NBA Sharp Betting Picks (Dec. 3): Magic vs. Wizards, Lakers vs. Nuggets Drawing Pro Action

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  • After a slow Monday, sharp action has made its way back to the NBA slate for this evening's slate.
  • Pro bettors are finding value on both the Magic vs. Wizards spread and Nuggets vs. Lakers total.

Following what was perhaps the quietest day of the NBA season thus far as far as professional betting action, sharps have returned to the slate on Tuesday, and are hitting at least one game that should have no trouble racking up a hefty handle.

While Magic vs. Wizards may not be at the forefront of most bettors’ minds this evening, Lakers vs. Nuggets certainly will be — and sharps have found value on both.

Orlando Magic vs. Washington Wizards

7 p.m. ET | NBCS-DC

Oftentimes when using The Action Network’s tools to pick out sharp spots on a given slate, we end up on sides and totals that most bettors disagree with … which makes sense. I mean, if the masses could consistently pick out the plays with edges, Vegas wouldn’t be able to afford all those fancy buildings.

In some cases, though — and especially so in less popular games — pros and Joes will agree on a side, which is what’s happening in tonight’s Magic-Wizards matchup.

Perhaps because games like this one aren’t going to draw as much recreational action, the 58% of bettors on the Wizards look to be of the sharper variety. They’ve generated an impressive 93% of money wagered — usually a sign of professional action since sharps are more likely to be betting big dollar amounts — and have convinced oddsmakers to move this line toward the home team.

Sports Insights Bet Signals have also revealed smart money to be landing on the Wizards, as they’ve triggered two instances of market-moving activity at Wizards -1.5.

Sharp angle: Wizards (moved from -1 to -2) [In New Jersey? Bet now at PointsBet]

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets

9 p.m. ET | ALT

In a game that will draw a much bigger crowd of bettors, it shouldn’t come as any surprise to learn that the sharp side of this total goes against the popular opinion.

With the top two teams in the West going head-to-head, most bettors have seen the lowest total on tonight’s slate and wasted no time signing up for the over.


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However, the 75% of bettors making that move have accounted for just 21% of actual money being bet on the total, and we already know what that means.

Another three SI Bet Signals have confirmed the sharp action on the under (at lines of 210.5, 209 and 208.5), and this already low total has taken a dive as a result, falling from 211 to 208.

Sharp angle: Under (moved from 211 to 208) [In New Jersey? Bet now at PointsBet]

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