NBA Sharp Betting Picks (Jan. 16): Pros Hitting Suns vs. Knicks, Nuggets vs. Warriors
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It feels like some time has passed since we’ve had a true marquee NBA matchup. The past few days’ slates haven’t been the most exciting, but thankfully tonight’s breaks that streak with the first- and third-place teams in the East — the Bucks and Celtics, respectively — going head-to-head.
And to be fair, tonight should have included two marquee games had the Warriors’ season not taken such a drastic turn.
But as far as sharp action goes, the pros seem far more interested in games other than Celtics-Bucks. In fact, they’ve actually found some value on that Warriors meeting with the Nuggets, as well as Suns vs. Knicks at MSG.
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Suns vs. Knicks
7:30 p.m. ET
Tonight’s games feature a few especially popular sides, and the Suns are one of them. As of writing, 74% of bettors are behind Phoenix, which opened as just a 3.5-point favorite in New York.
Despite that, the line has fallen to -3, which pretty much gives away how sharps are betting the matchup.
Three Sports Insights Bet Signals — indicators of sharp action based on unusual market activity — have revealed smart money landing on the Knicks at +3.5, sending the consensus spread to its current number.
Sharp angle: Knicks (moved from +3.5 to +3)
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Nuggets vs. Warriors
10:30 p.m. ET
Speaking of popular sides, the Nuggets take tonight’s cake (for now, at least) with an impressive 84% backing.
Even with Jamal Murray out (he was doubtful to begin the day), bettors have been plenty happy to take second-place Denver (28-12) against the last-place Warriors (9-33). And with just a moderate, 6-point spread to open the morning, it’s not too surprising to see such a heavy wave of public action on the Nuggets.
What is a bit more surprising is that this line is now down to just four points.
In this case, five SI Bet Signals — the most recent three of which came at +5 — have landed on Golden State. There’s yet to be any such sign of buyback on favorite.
Sharp angle: Warriors (moved from +6 to +4)
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