Daily public money update: Bettors backing Patriots on Thursday Night Football

Mac Jones (Alabama) with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the New England Patriots as the number 15 overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft at First Energy Stadium.
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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.

As usual, it is a busy Thursday in the world of sports. We have NFL and college football action plus a ton of games in college basketball. The professional slate is rounded out with six games in the NBA and 11 more in the NHL (despite a Covid-related postponement between Nashville and Ottawa).

Let’s take a look at where the public money has gone so far on Thursday.

NFL: New England Patriots -6.5 over Atlanta Falcons

Thursday Night Football pits New England against Atlanta and there is no debate about which side bettors on the whole are choosing. They are throwing 80 percent of the money and 77 percent of the wagers toward a Patriots cover on the -6.5 point spread. The public will happily incur -300 juice on the money line, too, as 85 percent of both the handle and the bets are hoping for a New England straight up win.

Our favorite play for this game is actually on Under 47, even though the public—as it almost always does—is siding with the over. The Pats have kept three of their last four opponents to 13 points or fewer and have allowed just five rushing touchdowns in 10 games this season. Given how inept the Falcons were offensively last week against the Cowboys, New England’s defense should be in line for more success.

Check out our full game preview

NCAAF: Louisville vs Duke Over 60

On the heels of typically thrilling mid-week MACtion (during which the Pickswise experts went 5-0 ATS), we turn our attention to the ACC for Thursday night’s contest. It’s Louisville vs Duke, and while bettors like the Cardinals they like the over even more. A total of 84 percent of the money and 65 percent of the bets are hoping for more than 60 points to be scored.

Check out our full game preview

NBA: Golden State Warriors -8 over Cleveland Cavaliers

Putting money on Stephen Curry and the Warriors is generally a smart move. Punters do it a lot, and they are doing it again on Thursday. Golden State (12-2) is inspiring 96 percent of the money and 91 percent of the wagers on the -8 point spread. Head coach Steve Kerr’s squad is also bringing in 97 percent of the handle and 93 percent of the wagers on the -330 money line. The public just loves everything about this matchup, as 82 percent of the handle and 80 percent of the bets are backing Over 207.5.

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NBA: San Antonio Spurs vs Minnesota Timberwolves Under 222.5

Although the public often flocks to overs, that isn’t the case in Thursday’s matchup between the Spurs and Timberwolves. With 82 percent of the bets going toward Under 222.5, 87 percent of the money is doing the same. Punters are also leading in the direction of Minnesota to the tune of 69 percent of the handle and 65 percent of the wagers on the -135 money line.

Check out all of our NBA previews for Thursday

NHL: Florida Panthers -1.5 over New Jersey Devils

Bettors’ favorite play of the day in the NHL is on the Panthers to cover the -1.5 puck line against the Devils. That’s what 92 percent of the handle and 85 percent of the wagers are calling for, and it only makes sense. Florida is an incredible 11-2-3 so far this season and eight of its victories have come by multiple goals.

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