Daily public money update: Bettors like Nuggets, Knights, and Spieth

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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.

A week that began with college basketball’s National Championship is not about to slow down. Every team in Major League Baseball is taking the field on Wednesday, plus we have nine games in the NBA and five in the NHL. Even more notably, the Masters begins on Thursday.

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

NBA: Denver Nuggets -7 vs. San Antonio Spurs

Per DraftKings, the public is all over the Denver Nuggets as they prepare to host the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. A ridiculous 97 percent of the handle and 89 percent of the bets are backing Denver to cover the -7 spread. Bettors also love the money line (-286), with 95 percent of the handle and 91 percent of the wagers going toward the Nuggets to win outright.

Unsurprisingly, Denver is our best bet of the day in the NBA. San Antonio is slumping and probably won’t be able to come with a defensive answer for Nikola Jokic.

NBA: Washington Wizards -3 over Orlando Magic

Another popular play is on the Washington Wizards to win and cover on the road against the Orlando Magic. Washington (-3) is drawing 90 percent of the money and 82 percent of the wagers. The Wizards are -148 on the money line. Punters like the outright play, as well—albeit not to the same extent. A total of 71 percent of the handle and 69 percent of the bets are on Washington ML.

Russell - Westbrook - Washington - Wizards

NHL: Vegas Golden Knights -1.5 vs. St. Louis Blues

Bettors’ favorite NHL play of the day is on familiar team to tail: the Vegas Golden Knights. They are playing on the road against the St. Louis Blues and unsurprisingly are getting backed in a big way. Vegas on the -1.5 puck line is inspiring 92 percent of the money and 70 percent of the wagers. The public is happily taking the -148 money line, too (76 percent of the handle and 86 percent of the wagers).

MLB: Chicago White Sox -1.5 vs. Seattle Mariners

On the baseball diamond, punters are unbelievably enthusiastic about the Chicago White Sox in their road game against the Seattle Mariners. Chicago -1.5 is getting an incredible 98 percent of the money and 90 percent of the wagers. On the -159 money line, 88 percent of both the handle and the bets are tipping the White Sox to win straight up.

We are on the White Sox, as well. They are sending Dallas Keuchel to the mound and he should have the edge over Seattle’s Justin Dunn.

The Masters: Jordan Spieth to win

The public’s favorite outright play for the Masters is a popular pick: Jordan Spieth. Bettors may have gotten off the Spieth bandwagon when he was enduring struggle after struggle in recent seasons, but they are back on it now—along with Spieth’s form. Last week’s Valero Texas Open winner is is leading the way with 13 percent of the money and nine percent of the bets to win the tournament at +1200. Justin Thomas is next (11 percent of the money; eight percent of the bets) at +1100. Defending champion Dustin Johnson, who is a +950 favorite, is inspiring six percent of both the handle and the wagers.

Pickswise is the home of free NBA predictions , NHL predictions, and college basketball predictions.

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