Daily public money update: Bettors fading Hornets without LaMelo

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It’s a huge Monday in the sports world, highlighted of course by March Madness. The NCAA Tournament generally never makes its way to a Monday aside from the National Championship game, but obviously things are different this year in the era of Covid-19. Eight more second-round games remain, with the final Sweet 16 berths to be handed out. We have plenty of NBA and NHL action, as well, with eight games on the professional hardwood and 10 on the ice.

Let’s take a look at where the public money is going.

NCAA Tournament: UCLA -4.5 vs. Abilene Christian

Per DraftKings, the public is all over the No. 11 seed UCLA Bruins as they prepare to go up against the No. 14 Abilene Christian Wildcats in a surprising East Region matchup. A total of 81 percent of the handle and 70 percent of the bets are backing UCLA -4.5 Bettors also like the money line, with 78 percent of the handle and 61 percent of the wagers picking the Bruins to win outright.

UCLA vs. Abilene Christian preview and picks

NCAA Tournament: Kansas vs. USC Over 134.5

Another popular play is on the over in this West Region showdown between the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks and No. 6 USC Trojans. With the totals et at 134.5, the over is drawing 82 percent of the money and 80 percent of the bets.

Kansas vs. USC preview and picks

NBA: San Antonio Spurs -5 over Charlotte Hornets

Bettors’ favorite NBA play of the day is the Spurs hosting the Hornets. They aren’t afraid to give the five points, as 92 percent of the handle and 68 percent of the wagers are taking San Antonio against the spread. The money line is a popular move, as well, with 94 percent of the handle and 76 percent of the bets on the Spurs to win straight up. LaMelo Ball, who had been the favorite to win NBA Rookie of the Year, is expected to miss the rest of the season–surely part of the reason why Charlotte is being faded here.

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers ML over Atlanta Hawks

Punters are also hammering the money line in the Clippers’ home game against the Hawks. A total of 91 percent of the handle and 79 percent of the bets are backing Los Angeles at -250. As for the 6.5-point spread, it is just about even in terms of money and wagers going to the Clippers and Hawks. Atlanta has won an incredible eight games in a row under interim head coach Nate McMillan, so it makes sense that the public isn’t overly enthusiastic about giving the visitors 6.5 points.

LA Clippers guard Reggie Jackson (1) and forward Kawhi Leonard (2) celebrate a basket to end the third quarter against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center.

NHL: Colorado Avalanche ML over Arizona Coyotes

There is a clear-cut No. 1 play of the day in the public’s eyes in the NHL on Monday. It is without question the Golden Knights in their home game against the Coyotes. Vegas on the -1.5 puck line is inspiring 80 percent of the money and 77 percent of the wagers. On the -155 money line, the Golden Knights are getting a modest 64 percent of the handle but 84 percent of the wagers.

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