Sharps Moving the Line in Tonight’s Most Heavily Bet Game
Ben Queen – USA Today Sports
Early in the morning, before the sun had risen in California (I think), PJ Walsh was waking and raking with one of the smaller games on the board.
Since then, West Virginia at Baylor, the game that’s currently receiving the highest number of bets on the board, has also attracted sharp action, moving the line.
This is expected to be a very close game, with the line opening at Baylor -1. Bettors are having trouble deciding on who to take, as bets are split 55/45 in Baylor’s favor.
However, around 9:30 a.m. ET, our Bet Signals tracked a steam move on West Virginia at +1 that has moved the line across the market. This move happened to be triggered at Pinnacle, perhaps the sharpest offshore book, which helps its legitimacy.
The line recently moved to WVU -1 at Pinnacle and Bookmaker, another sharp offshore book, with the rest of the market falling in line with that number.
This may come as a surprise to some, as Baylor is coming off of five straight wins, including two over top-10 teams. They’ve also covered in six straight games to push their ATS record to 13-7 on the year.
Meanwhile, West Virginia has won just three of its past eight games. Once the No. 2 team in the nation, the Mountaineers are now in danger of dropping out of the top 25.
It looks like sharp bettors think fortunes are bound to flip tonight and that these recent trends are not an accurate representation of these two teams.
Top photo: West Virginia Mountaineers Head Coach Bob Huggins
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