Daily public money update: Bettors have the hots for Heat

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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.

One of the best times in sports is upon us. March has arrived, which means the madness is about to begin. We also have the NBA and NHL getting toward the ends of their respective regular seasons. Who needs baseball after all?!?! Okay, it would be nice if that gets going next month…. But for the time being we have enough on our plate.

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

NBA: Miami Heat -3 over Brooklyn Nets

One of bettors’ favorite plays of the day is on Miami to cover a -3 spread in its road game against Brooklyn. The Heat against the spread are inspiring 81% of the handle and 77% of the bets. And why not? Miami will be a team on a mission following yesterday’s late collapse against Milwaukee and now it visits a Nets squad that will be without Kyrie Irving since this game is in Brooklyn.

Check out all of our NBA previews for Thursday

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies vs Boston Celtics over 224

There is nothing the public loves more than good over bet, and they have found one – or that is the hope, at least – in the Grizzlies-Celtics game. With 96% of the wagers backing over 224, 89% of the money is doing the same. We can’t disagree given the way Ja Morant and company are pouring in points at the moment. Our NBA expert is on Memphis and the over for this contest.

Check out our full game preview

NHL: Colorado Avalanche -1.5 over Arizona Coyotes

Bettors’ favorite NHL play – or one of them – is on the Avalanche (what’s new?) on the puck line in their road date with the Coyotes. Colorado (-1.5) is being supported by a lofty 94% of the money and 97% of the wagers. The public is also extremely willing to incur -380 juice on the money line. A total of 98% of the handle and 89% of the bets are backing the Avs to win outright.

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NHL: Minnesota Wild ML over Philadelphia Flyers

The public also likes Minnesota, which is visiting Philadelphia on Thursday. There is a reasonable enough price on the Wild money line (-210), which can explain punters’ enthusiasm. A total of 86% of the handle and 89% of the bets are hoping for a straight up win by the visitors.

Check out all of our NHL previews for Thursday

NCAAB: Temple vs Houston over 131.5

We are wrapping up this daily betting report with some college basketball action. Bettors are also hammering the over in this battle between Temple and Houston. Over 131.5 is getting 79% of the money and 85% of the wagers.

As for Pickswise, our best college basketball bet of the day is Illinois -12.5 against Penn State – on which the public agrees to the tune of 84% of the money (although at the moment less than half of the ATS wagers are backing the Fighting Illini).

Check out all of our NCAAB previews for Thursday

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