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- While most bettors are focused on college basketball today, sharps are still hitting the NBA slate.
- Sports Insights' Bet Signals and betting market percentages reveal which NBA bets the pros are making.
As has been the case every day during conference championship week, college basketball is stealing most of the betting shine from the NBA. Sharps, however, are still finding value at the professional level.
Tonight they’ve caused line shifts in three games on the eight-game slate, capped off by Suns-Rockets at 8 p.m. ET.
Sacramento Kings @ Philadelphia 76ers
7 p.m. ET | NBCS-PHI
Sharp angle: Over (moved from 229.5 to 231.5)
The public typically flocks to overs, which is to be expected considering it’s much more fun to root for points than for missed shots. On today’s NBA slate, though, oddsmakers have set some relatively high totals that have public bettors going against their usual trend.
In fact, this is one of three listed at 230 or higher tonight, but it didn’t open that way.
This morning, sportsbooks listed the total at 229.5, but it’s now up to 231.5, and even 232 at some shops. Only 31% of bets have landed on the over, however. With such little support, it’s been bigger, sharper bettors driving this line upward.
The 31% of bettors on the over have generated an impressive 69% of actual money being wagered. Not only does that create a monetary liability, but it shows how bigger bettors — the ones more likely to be sharps — are playing the total.
Sports Insights’ Bet Signals have also revealed sharp action causing market-wide line movement on the over at lines of 229.5 and 230.5.
Charlotte Hornets @ Washington Wizards
7 p.m. ET | NBCS-DC