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NBA Sharp Betting Picks (Jan. 3): Pro Action Hitting Heat vs. Magic, Hawks vs. Celtics


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A busy time of the year for sports bettors can often leave regular season NBA slates in the dust, at least as far as daytime betting action goes. That doesn’t apply to sharps, of course, as they’ll be picking out soft lines as soon as they can find them, regardless of the sport.

As of Friday afternoon, they’ve jumped on a couple spots on tonight’s six-game NBA schedule, including a surprising spread out of the Sunshine State.

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Miami Heat vs. Orlando Magic

7 p.m. ET

A matchup between a 25-9 Heat team and the 15-19 Magic doesn’t exactly scream “coin-flip.” Oddsmakers, however, were pretty darn close to that label with their opening number.

Miami opened as just a 1.5-point favorite, and as you’d expect, most bettors have been more than happy to take the better team at such a short price. Seventy-eight percent of bettors — the highest percentage on the slate — have taken the Heat since this line opened, a backing that initially sent the spread up to -2.5.

That’s when sharps stepped in.

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