Daily public money update: Bettors hope U.S.A. goes for gold

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Major League Baseball is entering crunch time and the Olympics are still going strong. Football season is on the horizon, too, but for now we are still focusing on the diamond and the hardwood. Let’s take a look at where the public money has gone so far for Friday’s schedule in the sports world.

MLB: Oakland Athletics -1.5 over Texas Rangers

Bettors’ favorite MLB play of the day is on the Athletics to win by multiple runs against the Rangers. Oakland on the -1.5 run line is inspiring bloated 91 percent of the handle and 94 percent of the bets. On the money line, the Athletics are massive -290 favorites. The public certainly isn’t scared away by that juice, though. A total of 85 percent of the money and 93 percent of the bets are supporting Oakland to win straight up.

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MLB: Houston Astros ML over Minnesota Twins

Bettors are also hammering the Astros in their home date with the Twins. Houston on the -195 money line is getting 90 percent of the money and also 90 percent of the wagers. Punters are quite willing to give the -1.5 runs, too. The Astros are bringing in 92 percent of the handle, and 87 percent of the bets are going in the same direction.

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MLB: Kansas City Royals vs St. Louis Cardinals Over 8.5

When it comes to game totals, the public is all over the over in this meeting between the Royals and Cardinals. With 80 percent of the wagers supporting Over 8.5, 86 percent of the money is doing the same. There is also a lot of interest on St. Louis. The Cardinals are getting 86 percent of the handle on the -1.5 run line and 65 percent of the handle on the -160 money line.

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Olympic basketball: United States -12 over France

We’re not talkin’ about practice anymore. Okay, exhibition games and pool play are not technically practice, but for Team USA they might as well be. The Americans stumbled and bumbled their way through a couple of Olympic warmup contests and even lost to France during the actual competition—albeit during round-robin action. Now the rematch is set and the stakes are much, much higher. In fact, they couldn’t be any higher; U.S.A. vs France is the gold-medal game on Saturday.

Despite a 7-point loss in the group stage, the United States is a -12 favorite of France. Bettors are happy to take the favorites even though the spread is well into double-digits. Head coach Gregg Popovich’s squad is drawing 78 percent of the money and 71 percent of the bets against the spread.

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Olympic basketball: Slovenia ML over Australia

The penultimate basketball game at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (prior the women’s gold-medal showdown on Sunday) pits Slovenia against Australia for the bronze medal. Bettors are confident that Luka Doncic and company will bounce back from their 1-point semifinal loss to France and earn a place on the podium. Slovenia on the -145 money line is inspiring 82 percent of the money and 76 percent of the wagers.

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