NBA Sharp Report: Smart Money Hitting Raptors-Celtics, 2 Other Wednesday Games
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- Professional action is affecting lines in three of tonight's eight NBA matchups.
- Sports Insights' Bet Signals help reveal which games are drawing the most smart money, headlined by Raptors-Celtics (8 p.m. ET, ESPN).
A generous college basketball slate may take center stage as far as tonight’s betting action goes, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any high-profile matchups taking place in the NBA. And it definitely doesn’t mean sharp bettors are ignoring tonight’s eight-game slate.
Headlined by Raptors-Celtics at 8 p.m. ET, three games are attracting some significant wiseguy activity, one of which has drawn pros to both the side and total.
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Toronto Raptors @ Boston Celtics
8 p.m. ET
Sharp angle: Celtics (moved from -2 to -2.5)
After an 0-3 road trip, the Celtics are back in Boston to host the first-place Raptors. Despite their recent struggles, the Celtics still opened as 2-point favorites tonight. More surprisingly, they’re also drawing a majority of bets (60%).
But according to Sports Insights’ Bet Signals, those bets have been of the sharper variety.
Wiseguys have triggered three signals on Boston — once at -1.5 and twice at -2 — to drive this line up from its opening number. A few books even opened this spread down at -1, making the line move all the more significant.
San Antonio Spurs @ Dallas Mavericks
8:30 p.m. ET
Sharp angle: Spurs (moved from +1 to -1), Under (moved from 218.5 to 217.5)
Bettors seem to be split on this matchup. Currently, the Spurs hold a slight 51% edge, but that’s nowhere near enough to cause a spread to jump the fence as this one has.
Instead, it’s been a sharp backing of San Antonio pushing the line, as evidenced once again by money percentages and Bet Signals.
In this case, the 51% of bets on the road side have accounted for 64% of actual dollars, and the Spurs have triggered four signals to the Mavs’ one.
Wiseguys aren’t settling for just one bet, however. The under is also drawing some significant professional action, triggering three Bet Signals of its own. That’s caused this line to fall one point from its opening number despite only 31% of bets on the under.
For what it’s worth, divisional unders with reverse line movement (less than 40% of bets with at least a one-point line fall) have gone 322-227-6 (59%) against the spread since 2005, according to Bet Labs.
Utah Jazz @ Los Angeles Clippers
10:30 p.m. ET
Sharp angle: Jazz (moved from +2 to +1)
Like some of the other sharp plays tonight, the Jazz haven’t been the popular side in their game. The Clippers have attracted 65% of bettors, but interestingly, Utah has generated that same percentage of actual money, revealing where the bigger, probably sharper bets are landing.
That sharp indication is confirmed by four Sports Insights Bet Signals on the Jazz, all coming at the opening number of +2, and causing oddsmakers to drop the line to the current listing of Utah +1.