NBA Sharp Report: Grizzlies-Rockets Leads Monday’s Favorite Pro Bets
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- Sharp action has hit tonight's NBA slate on three games in particular, including the highest total of the season between the Pelicans and Clippers.
- Sports Insights' Bet Signals along with betting market percentages help reveal which way the smart money is going.
Following the second weekend of the NFL playoffs, bettors are looking back to the hardwood for action tonight. Among them are sharps, who’ve hit three of Monday’s NBA matchups in particular.
One of those games, Pelicans-Clippers at 10:30 p.m. ET, features one of the highest totals of the season at 239.5, a number that has drawn some significant wiseguy activity.
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Boston Celtics @ Brooklyn Nets
7:30 p.m. ET | NBCS-BOS
Sharp angle: Nets (moved from +4.5 to +3)
Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart will be sitting this one out, which, of course, had a significant effect on the line move. Following that announcement, the Celtics’ line fell to +3.5 or +3, depending on the book.
Since then, however, sharp action has solidified the point spread at a consensus of three points across the market.
A Sports Insights Bet Signal was triggered on the Nets around noon ET — an hour after the injuries were announced. That makes four total signals on Brooklyn since lines were released.
Also helping to reveal the sharp side in this matchup has been the massive bets vs. money percentage discrepancy. While the Nets have attracted 35% of bettors, they’ve generated 62% of actual dollars being wagered.
That means bigger bettors — the ones more likely to be sharps — are taking the home dogs.
Memphis Grizzlies @ Houston Rockets
8 p.m. ET | FS-SE
Sharp angle: Grizzlies (moved from +6.5 to +4.5)
In a similar spot, the Grizzlies are attracting just 27% of bettors tonight in Houston — making them the second-most contrarian play on Monday’s board (25% on Charlotte).
Despite that, they’ve fallen two points from their opening number of +6.5. Some of the movement has certainly been a result of Clint Capela’s status (out with a thumb injury), but per Sports Insights’ Bet Signals, sharp action has also played a significant role in the line fall.
Wiseguys have triggered five signals on Memphis — more than any other team tonight. Grizzlies backers have also accounted for a significantly higher percentage of money than bets (42% vs. 27%), serving as another indication of smart money taking the points.
New Orleans Pelicans @ Los Angeles Clippers
10:30 p.m. ET | FS-NO
Sharp angle: Over (moved from 238.5 to 239.5)
This total technically opened at 240, though immediate action brought it down to 238.5 last night.
Since then, however, as sportsbooks have increased limits inviting more professional action, it has come back up to 239.5 despite only 30% of bets on the over.
Those bets have accounted for 55% of actual money wagered on the total, meaning bigger, probably sharper bettors think this game will eclipse the 240-mark.
Three SI Bet Signals have also hit the over to help the line approach its original opening number.