Daily public money update: Backing White Sox, fading Royals continues to be popular

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Ricky Dimon

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Since graduating from Davidson (The College That Stephen Curry Built), I have been writing about sports--just about any and all you can think of!--and coaching tennis in Atlanta, Ga. Beyond the four major sports, I am an avid tennis fan and cover the ATP Tour on a daily basis. If I'm not busy writing, you can generally find me on a tennis court or traveling the world wherever a sporting event takes me.

Although basketball season is over and football season has not yet begun, there is still plenty on offer in the world of sports—and in the world of sports betting. Intensity on the baseball diamond is heating up as the MLB trade deadline approaches, the Olympics are in full swing, and the NBA Draft is on Thursday. Let’s take a look at where the public money has gone so far.

MLB: Chicago White Sox -1.5 over Kansas City Royals

Bettors’ favorite MLB play of the day is on the White Sox to win by multiple runs against the Royals. Chicago on the -1.5 run line is inspiring bloated 96 percent of the handle and 84 percent of the bets. On the money line, the White Sox are -180 favorites. The public certainly isn’t scared away by that juice. A total of 90 percent of the money and 87 percent of the bets are supporting Chicago to win straight up.

Check out our full game prevew.

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers ML over Pittsburgh Pirates

Bettors are also hammering the Brewers in their road date with the Pirates. Milwaukee on the -140 money line is getting 82 percent of the money and 95 percent of the wagers. Punters are quite willing to give the -1.5 runs, too. The Brewers are bringing in 99 percent of the handle, and 93 percent of the bets are also backing the visitors.

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MLB: Colorado Rockies vs Los Angeles Angels Over 9.5

When it comes to game totals, the public is all over the over in this meeting between the Rockies and Angels. While a relatively modest 76 percent of the wagers are supporting Over 9.5, a more substantial 84 percent of the money is doing the same. In other words, there are clearly some sizable bets on the over in this Colorado vs Los Angeles contest. There is also a lot of interest on the Angels’ -1.5 run line, with 84 percent of the money and 71 percent going in that direction.

Check out our full game prevew.

Olympic basketball: Slovenia -21 over Japan

Luka Doncic was awesome for Slovenia in its first pool-play game against Argentine earlier this week and the bandwagon is only filling. Doncic and company are facing Japan on Thursday, and they are inspiring 84 percent of the handle and 70 percent of the wagers as -21 favorites.

Check out our best bets for Day 5 of the men’s basketball competition.

Olympic golf: Justin Thomas to win the gold medal

With Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau forced out because of positive Covid-19 tests, the pecking order in Tokyo has been shuffled. Collin Morikawa is now the favorite at +700 and the reigning British Open champion is drawing more wagers than anyone else (6 percent). However, there is perhaps even more value on Thomas at +1100. He is leading the way in terms of the handle, with 12 percent of it going his way. No other golfer is getting more than 7 percent (Morikawa).

Check out our best 3-ball predictions for Day 1.

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