NBA Sharp Betting Picks (Feb. 8): Mavericks vs. Hornets, Nets vs. Raptors Drawing Pro Action Saturday

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With nine games from which to choose on Saturday’s NBA slate, sharps have found value on two particular, though they’ve hit three bets across the pair.

And while they may not be the most highly anticipated matchups, let’s take a look at how pros are betting Mavs-Hornets and Nets-Raptors.


Odds as of Saturday at 1 p.m. ET. Check out FanDuel, where Action Network users get a risk-free bet up to $500.


Mavericks vs. Hornets

7 p.m. ET

Kristaps Porzingis is again active for this game, which has helped make this an easy spread choice for most bettors.

Seventy-eight percent of tickets have landed on the Mavs, making them the third-most popular pick on the slate. However, this spread has dropped from an opener of -4.5 to -4, and several books have furthered the drop to -3.5.

The 22% of bets on Charlotte have generated 48% of actual money, meaning bigger bettors — the ones more likely to be sharps — are taking the home dog, which helps explain the reverse line movement.

To confirm the pro action, Sports Insights Bet Signals have revealed three wave of smart money hitting the Hornets, though it’s worth noting that all came at the opener of +4.5.

That’s not the only bet triggering Bet Signals, though. Another two have landed on the under, which is boasting an even more impressive bet-vs.-money discrepancy.

The 30% of under bettors have accounted for 94% of actual dollars to this point, and while that figure should regress as tip-off approaches, it tells a clear story of how bigger bettors are approaching the total.

Sharp angles: Hornets (moved from +4.5 to +4), Under (moved from 216.5 to 213)

Nets vs. Raptors

7:30 p.m. ET

The biggest line move of the day comes by way of this matchup, and once again has come as a result of sharp action on the under.

In this case, the under hasn’t been nearly as unpopular, though it’s still drawing a minority at 47% of tickets. But like in the game above, that 47% backing has consisted of much bigger bettors, generating 80% of actual money.

With three SI Bet Signals hitting the under at 222, 221 and 219, the total has fallen from openers as high as 224 down to just 218.5.

Sharp angle: Under (moved from 224 to 218.5)

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