NBA Sharp Report: Grizzlies-Pelicans, Jazz-Bucks Attracting Smart Money
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- It may be National Championship Monday, but sharps haven't forgotten about the NBA slate tonight.
- They've made plays on two of tonight's games: Grizzlies-Pelicans and Jazz-Bucks (both at 8 p.m. ET).
There’s a pretty big college football game being played tonight, and while most bettors are focusing solely on the CFP National Championship, sharps haven’t forgotten to sift through Monday’s slate of NBA matchups as well.
In particular, two of tonight’s games have drawn significant action from sharp bettors, both of which will tip-off at 8 p.m. ET.
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Memphis Grizzlies @ New Orleans Pelicans
8 p.m. ET | FS-SE
Sharp angle: Grizzlies (moved from +5.5 to +5)
Only 35% of bets and 32% of dollars are behind Memphis tonight, but this line has actually fallen a half-point from its opening number thanks to sharp action.
Three Sports Insights Bet Signals — indications of line movement driven by smart money — have been triggered on the Grizzlies, a higher count than any other team on tonight’s slate.
It’s worth noting, however, that all three of the signals came at the opening number of +5.5.
Utah Jazz @ Milwaukee Bucks
8 p.m. ET | SportsNet RM
Sharp angle: Jazz (line has remained at +5.5)
On the road against the team with the second-best record in the NBA, the Jazz aren’t such a popular pick tonight. No surprise there.
What may come as more of a surprise is how the line has reacted — or in this case, not reacted — as a result of the lopsided betting percentages. While only 18% of bettors are backing Utah, oddsmakers aren’t increasing this spread at all from its opening number.
As you probably could’ve guessed from that lack of movement, those bettors have been of the sharper variety, indicated both by Sports Insights’ Bet Signals and money percentages.
A signal was triggered on Utah at the current number of +5.5, and the Jazz have accounted for 36% of actual money being wagered on the spread, meaning they’re drawing bigger bets — ones more likely to be made my sharps.