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- Wiseguys are betting three NBA games on Monday, headlined by Minnesota Timberwolves-Golden State Warriors (10:30 p.m. ET).
- Sharps are also getting down on Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City Thunder (8 p.m. ET) and Orlando Magic-Dallas Mavericks (8:30 p.m. ET).
- Using the tools available at The Action Network, we analyze how the pros are betting each game.
After an exhilarating NFL Sunday, sports bettors are thirsty for more action on Monday night. However, outside of Vikings-Seahawks, there are only four college hoops games.
Luckily for sharps and squares, the NBA is locked and loaded with a sneaky big 11-game slate.
After consulting the betting tools available at Sports Insights and The Action Network, I’ve identified three games that pros are betting on Monday night, with games starting at 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET.
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Betting Terms to Know
Steam Move: Sudden, drastic and uniform line movement across the market caused by an overload of sharp action from respected players.
Reverse Line Movement: When the betting line moves in the opposite direction of the betting percentages. It’s a top smart money indicator.
Line Freeze: When one side is getting heavy betting, but the line won’t budge, indicating sharp liability on the other side.
Juice: The tax or commission that bettors must pay sportsbooks in order for them to accept your wager. A -115 juice means a bettor would have to wager $115 to win $100.
Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder
Tip off: 8 p.m. ET
Sharp angle: Jazz (+5.5)
On paper, this looks like an easy cover for the home favorite.
Oklahoma City boasts an impressive 16-8 record and is coming off three days of rest. Meanwhile, the Jazz are a lackluster 13-14 and playing the second game of a back-to-back (it lost, 110-97, to the Spurs last night).
This game opened at OKC -5.5. Despite receiving nearly 70% of bets, the Thunder have stayed at -5.5 (and even -5 at some books). This combination of sharp line freeze and reverse line movement indicates heavy liability on the road dog.
Sharps have gotten down hard on Utah at +6 and +5.5, triggering three separate steam and reverse line moves via Sports Insights’ Bet Signals.
Wiseguys might even be eyeing the Jazz to win straight up, as Utah fits the profitable Bet Labs PRO moneyline system Bet Against the Public Small Dogs (+93.06 units, 8% ROI since 2005).
Orlando Magic at Dallas Mavericks
Tip off: 8 p.m. ET