College Basketball Sharp Betting Picks (Jan. 4): Georgia vs. Memphis, Florida State vs. Louisville Among Pro Bets Saturday
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The first weekend of the NFL postseason, as you’d imagine, is of pretty major interest to sports bettors. But for those looking for action before the 4:35 p.m. ET Bills-Texans matchup kicks off, or bettors who simply look for value in any possible game — a category into which sharps fall — Saturday’s massive college basketball slate looks to be offering a couple worthy bets.
Sharps have spent the morning making moves all across the board, and two games have stood out as being especially big targets for pro action.
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Georgia at Memphis
1 p.m. ET | CBS
Bettors — at least the early ones — don’t seem to have a clear consensus on this spread. Since opening as a 9-point favorite Memphis has essentially split the ticket count with Georgia, taking in 51% of bets.
Big bettors, on the other hand, have made their opinion clear.
Eighty-five percent of actual money has landed on Georgia, a discrepancy that indicates how sharp bettors (who are more likely to make bigger wagers) are playing this spread, and one that’s been reflected by the movement on the spread.
The Bulldogs have gone from +9 to +7.5, and a Sports Insights Bet Signal (at +8.5) has confirmed that the bigger bets are, in fact, coming from sharps.
Sharp angle: Georgia (moved from +9 to +7.5)
Florida State at Louisville
2 p.m. ET | ESPN2
Even against another ranked conference opponent, No. 7 Louisville hasn’t had any trouble attracting bettors to lay a spread that opened at seven points. Sixty-nine percent of bettors, to be exact, have taken the Cardinals at home this afternoon. Those bettors, however, haven’t been making particularly big bets.
The 31% backing of Florida State has actually generated a slight majority (52%) of money hitting this spread, and once again, that discrepancy has been revealed as sharp activity thanks to another SI Bet Signal on the Noles.
As a result, this spread has come down to FSU +6, with that side even being juiced up to around -115 at several shops.
Sharp angle: Florida State (moved from +7 to +6)