NBA Sharp Betting Picks (Jan. 8): Knicks vs. Jazz, Bucks vs. Warriors Among Pros’ Top Wednesday Plays
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A nine-game NBA slate has drawn its fair share of sharp action Wednesday, as pros have made moves on what should be some of the night’s most watched (and bet) matchups.
Highlighted by Knicks vs. Jazz (9 p.m. ET) and capped off with what was supposed to be a marquee Bucks vs. Warriors showdown (10 p.m. ET), three games have drawn the attention of sharp bettors. Interestingly, all three have specifically attracted smart money to the over/under.
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Raptors vs. Hornets
7 p.m. ET
With an opening number of 209, this was already the lowest total on the Wednesday NBA slate.
As we’ve seen on several occasions this season, the lowest totals have often been the ones that sharps feel should be even lower.
In this case, the under has drawn just 44% of bettors, but they’ve accounted for 66% of actual money — the first sign of potential sharp action (since sharps are more likely to be the ones making bigger bets).
Sports Insights’ Bet Signals have confirmed that sign to be accurate, as they’ve triggered five instances of market activity resulting from professional action on the under.
As a result, oddsmakers have dropped this line down to a consensus 207.5.
Sharp angle: Under (moved from 209 to 207.5)
Knicks vs. Jazz
9 p.m. ET
In the game above, the line moving against the popular side made identifying sharp action pretty easy. In this one, though, it’s not so obvious.
Sure, the total has fallen from 218 to 213.5, but 78% of bets have come on the under, so are sportsbooks just limiting their liability?
That might be part of it, but there’s no doubting that sharps are also playing a role as part of that majority.
The 78% under backing has generated 97% of actual money hitting the total, and another four Bet Signals (most recently at 214) have hit the under, driving the number down significantly from its opener.
Sharp angle: Under (moved from 218 to 213.5) [In New Jersey? Bet now at PointsBet]
Bucks vs. Warriors
10 p.m. ET
Make it three unders on the sharp card Wednesday night. The final game of the night has also seen a drop in total thanks to some professional action.
Like the Raptors vs. Hornets game atop this list, this one has drawn a majority of bettors (55%) to the over, but has fallen from 219.5 to 217.
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Once again the bettors on the under have been of the bigger variety, making up 77% of the actual money on the total. Three SI Bet Signals have also helped push the number down a few points.
Sharp angle: Under (moved from 219.5 to 217).