NBA Sharp Report: Pros Betting Blazers-Thunder, Bucks-Bulls Monday Night
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- Sharp action has hit tonight's NBA slate on two games in particular: Blazers-Thunder and Bucks-Bulls.
- Sports Insights' Bet Signals reveal which way the smart money is going in both matchups.
With only a couple major college basketball games on tap tonight, plenty of bettors are making their way to the professional game to lay down some action.
Of course, sharps don’t really care about which games are considered “major.” They’ll be betting both leagues as long as they can find games with value, and tonight they’ve found two such games in the NBA: Blazers-Thunder and Bucks-Bulls (both 8 p.m. ET tips).
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Milwaukee Bucks @ Chicago Bulls
8 p.m. ET
Sharp angle: Under (moved from 229.5 to 227.5)
While this total opened at 229.5, it’s fallen two full points — and even 2.5 points in some spots — since. That line fall hasn’t been thanks to any sort of public support on the under, however.
As they often do, most public bettors have been hammering away at the over, which has drawn 65% of bets. Seeing the line move away from such a popular pick should again serve as the first indication of wiseguy activity.
Per Sports Insights’ Bet Signals, pros have caused line moves by hitting the under twice — once at 229.5 and the other at the current number. The latter caused a move to 227, but many books have found their way back to 227.5 since then.
Portland Trail Blazers @ Oklahoma City Thunder
8 p.m. ET
Sharp angle: Blazers (moved from +7 to +6), Under (moved from 231 to 230.5)
One sign of that sharp action has been the percentage of money hitting the Blazers. While they’ve attracted only 37% of bets, those bets have generated 46% of actual dollars being wagered. That means bigger bettors — the ones more likely to be sharps — are taking the points.
Sports Insights’ Bet Signals have confirmed that wiseguys are behind the line move, as two signals were triggered on Portland at +6.5.
The spread hasn’t been the only thing catching sharps’ attention in this game, however. Another two Bet Signals have showed up on the under, which initially caused a line move down to 229.5. Apparently that was a bit too much, though, as oddsmakers have settled back at 230.5.
While only a half-point lower than the opener, the move is still significant considering only 42% of bets have hit the under. Once again, though, those bets are generating 68% of actual money.