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Wake and Rake: Sharps Betting Trail Blazers-Thunder on Easter Sunday

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Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard

  • Just because it's Easter Sunday doesn't mean professionals are laying off today's slate of NBA playoff matchups.
  • Using our betting tools, we analyze how sharps are betting tonight's Portland Trail Blazers-Oklahoma City Thunder game (9:30 p.m. ET on TNT).

It’s Easter Sunday, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve hit the point of the day where the early-morning sugar highs have officially crashed.

After deciding to wake us up at a frustratingly early 5:45 a.m., one of ours is napping while another is zoned out in zombie-like status on the couch as they take in an episode of “Tom and Jerry,” allowing me to fire up Sports Insights’ live odds page and assess today’s betting market.

I’m sure I’m not alone, especially for any of you fellow parents out there, as this is the sweet spot on Easter morning that lands between 7 a.m. Cadbury Creme Eggs and brunch/Easter egg hunts, giving us a minute of peace to get down our bets for the day.

Today’s slate is a solid one, loaded with 15 MLB games and four NBA playoff matchups, with the action getting started around 1 p.m. ET, which is also around the same time those brunch mimosas will start to kick in.

And while most recreational bettors have yet to place a wager on today’s slate, it’s just another day for professionals. Betting action doesn’t stop for holidays, and neither does the quest for valuable wagering opportunities.

 

In fact, a quick review of our betting tools reveals that tonight’s Portland Trail Blazers-Oklahoma City Thunder matchup (9:30 p.m. ET, TNT) has become a popular target for sharp bettors, as steady one-sided action is starting to have an effect on the over/under.

The total opened at a consensus of 223.5, and 58% of tickets are taking the under. The money is even more lopsided, as 72% of money wagered is also on that side.

With consistent action flowing on the under, most books across the market have adjusted the total down to 222.5, including the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas.

Sports Insights’ Bet Signals have triggered one Reverse Line Move and two Steam Moves on the under, suggesting three instances in which money from respected bettors came in on the under and forced oddsmakers to adjust the total.

Not only are the pros betting the under, but The Action Network’s team of NBA analysts also make a convincing case that the total is being inflated by recency bias, and according to the betting market, the wiseguys are in full agreement.

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