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- Wiseguys are betting three NFL games on Sunday, headlined by Detroit Lions-Minnesota Vikings (1 p.m. ET). The game is listed at Vikings -5.5 with an over/under of 49
- Sharps are also getting down on Chicago Bears-Buffalo Bills (1 p.m. ET) and Houston Texans-Denver Broncos (4:05 p.m. ET).
In gambling circles, “sharps” (also known as wiseguys) are professional bettors with long track records of success.
They don’t bet games based on bias or gut instinct. Instead, they are 100% analytical and value-driven.
Wiseguys bet numbers, not teams. When they place big wagers on a game, they force bookmakers to move the lines.
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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.
Now let’s get to the games!
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings
- Sharp angle: Lions (+5.5)
- Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET
The public loves home teams, favorites and teams with better records than their opponents. The Vikings check off all three boxes for Average Joes in this one.
Currently 76% of bets are laying the points with Minnesota (4-3-1), expecting a touchdown win or more against visiting Detroit (3-4).