NBA Sharp Report: Pros Hitting Lakers-Knicks Sunday Matinee

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Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) and New York Knicks forward Luke Kornet (2)

  • Just because it's Selection Sunday doesn't mean that sharp bettors are ignoring the NBA.
  • Using The Action Network's betting tools, we look at how pros are betting Lakers-Knicks (12 p.m. ET).

Selection Sunday is for the boys of college basketball. But the professionals still have a decent eight-game slate, and sharp bettors aren’t just ignoring Sunday’s NBA schedule.

Remember, value is value. And even if college hoops will steal the betting spotlight with a handful of conference tournament finals and the unveiling of the 2019 NCAA Tournament bracket, wiseguys aren’t concerned with the “biggest” games of the day.

Games range from noon until 9 p.m. ET, but smart money has already taken a liking to the earliest NBA matchup: The Los Angeles Lakers at New York Knicks (12 p.m. ET).

Los Angeles Lakers @ New York Knicks

12 p.m. ET | SPEC, MSG

Sharp angle: (Knicks +4.5)

In unsurprising news, public bettors are taking every opportunity to load up on LeBron and the Lakers as just 4.5-point road favorites against the hapless Knicks.

Despite 78% of all spread bets and 67% of money wagered laying the points with LA, the line remains a consensus of Lakers -4.5 across the market.

Why? Because money from respected bettors is landing on the Knicks and balancing the action for oddsmakers.

Sports Insights’ Bet Signals triggered a Reverse Line Move on New York Sunday morning, confirming that professional money has hit the home underdog.

And while the market consensus remains at 4.5, a handful of books have already ticked down to Knicks +4, indicating that some shops are already a bit heavy on New York money and hoping to attract Lakers buyback by offering LA at -4.