NBA Sharp Betting Picks (Feb. 1): Pros Hitting Knicks vs. Pacers, Hawks vs. Mavericks
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A 10-game NBA slate has drawn sharp bettors to three matchups in particular, though they might not be the ones piquing most fans’ interest.
Sixers-Celtics will certainly be the most watched (and bet) game of the evening, but as of Saturday morning, three other games have seen a greater impact of pro money.
Let’s take a look at how sharps are betting Knicks-Pacers, Nets-Wizards and Hawks-Mavericks.
Odds as of Saturday at 11 a.m. ET. Check out FanDuel, where Action Network users get a risk-free bet up to $500.
New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers
7 p.m. ET
It probably won’t come as much of a surprise to learn that the Pacers are attracting far more bets than the Knicks tonight, even as 10.5-point favorites. The spread, however, isn’t what’s caught sharps’ attention in this game.
The over has drawn 64% of bettors as of Saturday morning. Those bettors, however, have accounted for just 35% of the actual money hitting the total.
Obviously, that puts a monetary liability on the under, but more importantly, it tells us how bigger bettors are approaching this line. And where there are bigger bettors, there are usually sharper ones too.
Confirming that to be the case, Sports Insights’ Bet Signals — indicators of sharp action causing market moves — have reported two instances of smart money pouring in on the under, forcing oddsmakers to fall from 213.5 to 212.
Sharp angle: Under (moved from 213.5 to 212)
Brooklyn Nets vs. Washington Wizards
8 p.m. ET
The minus-sign has swapped sides in this game, and once again the line movement has been in the direction against the popular side.
Opening as 1.5-point favorites, the Nets have drawn two-thirds of bettors on the road tonight. As of late Saturday morning, though, it’s the Wizards who are 1-point favorites.
The Wiz have generated 59% of money hitting the spread, and another SI Bet signal (at +1) has made it clear that oddsmakers are responding to respected betting action.
Sharp angle: Wizards (moved from +1.5 to -1)
Atlanta Hawks vs. Dallas Mavericks
8:30 p.m. ET
Laying only five points at home to the Hawks, the Mavs are one of the more popular teams on the Saturday slate, even without Luka Doncic. They’ve landed 70% of early bets, but continuing today’s pattern of reverse line movement, have fallen from their opening spread.
The 30% of Hawks bettors have impressively generated 64% of actual money, again providing oddsmakers with reason to move away from the popular side.
In this case, two Bet Signals hit the Hawks at +5.5, confirming the pro action, and getting the number down to +5.
Sharp angle: Hawks (moved from +6 to +5)