Syracuse vs. Virginia Sharp Betting Pick: Smart Money Moving Point Spread

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Your attention may be elsewhere at 4 p.m. ET today, but who says you have to watch a game to make money on it?

Saturday’s college basketball slate is actually a very good one, though it won’t get the betting attention it deserves thanks to the NFL’s Divisional Round.

Still, sharps are finding value across the college hoops board, and the game drawing perhaps the most blatant pro action comes from the ACC.


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Syracuse vs. Virginia Sharp Betting Pick

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The reigning champs are off to an 11-3 start, and holding onto the No. 18 spot in the most recent AP Poll. At home against 8-7 Syracuse, the Cavaliers opened as 8-point favorites across most of the market.

Thanks to sharps, that’s no longer the listed spread.

Unsurprisingly, Virginia hasn’t had any trouble attracting bettors as the favorite, ranked side at home. More than 70% of bets have landed on UVA, but oddsmakers have dropped the spread to -6.5, and many have fallen further to -6.

The 29% backing of Syracuse has impressively accounted for 68% of actual money being wagered on the spread. And while that does create a bit of a monetary liability for sportsbooks, it more importantly reveals that the Orange have been attracted much bigger bettors — the ones more likely to be sharps.

Confirming the professional action, two Sports Insights Bet Signals — indicators of market movement caused by sharp activity — have been triggered on Syracuse (at +8 and +7.5).

As a result, oddsmakers have been forced to follow their more respected customers, even if it’s meant giving the majority of bettors an easier cover.

Sharp angle: Syracuse (moved from +8 to +6)

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