Though opportunities abound for bettors in MLB picks it is a much more quiet night in the NBA with three games. However, here are fantasy sports and Vegas betting news and notes.
Thanks for a four-game straight up winning streak the Celtics just clinched a playoff spot. They will very likely use this as an opportunity to get some much-needed rest for their starters. The Raptors still can get the third seed, so they have more to play for.
As a result, Boston opened at (-4) but Toronto is now the favorite at (-1.5) and as high as a two-point favorite at a few sportsbooks. Bettors favor the road team with 63 percent of spread bets on Toronto and 61 percent on the over with the total posted at 208 or 208.5, the latter more common. Both teams are playing in the front end of back-to-back.
With a potentially healthy Paul George, the Pacers are Vegas experts dark horse to win the NBA title, but first they must clinch the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Hosting a Wizards team with little to play for, Indiana is (-7.5) with a total of 192. The line has skyrocketed after opening at just 4.5 thanks in part to 71 percent of gamblers betting on the home favorite.
The public generally favors the over and 65 percent are investing in a high scoring game. Both teams are playing in the front end of back-to-back.
The Clippers are still fighting for playoff seeding, while the Suns are has-beens, long out of the playoff picture. Los Angeles opened up as an (-8.5) favorite and have been bet up to 10.5. The total has dropped a bit from 208.5 to 206.5.
Only 52 percent of bets favor the Clippers against the spread, a surprise considering how much the public loves investing with road favorites and teams perceived to need a win more.
Explains Bob Warner of the popular linemakers site, “Sharp bettors love home teams in true spoiler situations,” adding that is it a true, “Pro versus Joes” game. The Clippers are playing the second of back-to-back contests.
Today’s free pick comes from MLB in which Grandmaster Sports Handicapper Joe Duffy sticks to a proven super system.
WHITE SOX (QUINTANA +108) Cleveland (Carrasco)
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