Daily public money update: Books will be in trouble if the Suns rise over L.A.
It’s a huge Sunday in the sports world, highlighted of course by March Madness. The NCAA Tournament is tipping off its second, but we also have plenty of NBA and NHL action on the schedule. Let’s take a look at where the public money is going so far.
NCAA Tournament: Baylor ML vs. Wisconsin
Per DraftKings, the public is all over the No. 1 seed Baylor Bears as they prepare to go up against the No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers in the South Region. Bettors don’t love the spread (-6.5) quite as much as the money line, with 72 percent of the handle and 68 percent of the bets on the Bears ATS. On the -315 money line, the NCAA Tournament’s No. 2 overall seed is drawing 84 percent of the handle and 74 percent of the wagers.
NCAA Tournament: Oral Roberts +8.5 vs. Florida
Another popular play is on the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles. It’s safe to say the Oral Roberts bandwagon is filling after it upset the South Region No. 2 seed Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday. The Eagles are getting 69 percent of the handle and 70 percent of the wagers against the spread. Punters like the +260 money line, too, with 77 percent of the handle and 80 percent of the bets going in that direction.
NBA: Chicago Bulls ML over Detroit Pistons
Bettors’ favorite NBA play of the day is the Bulls visiting the Pistons. Chicago’s money line (-143) is drawing 91 percent of the handle and 82 percent of the bets. The public is not afraid to give the three points, either. Chicago -3 is getting 91 percent of the money and 78 percent of the wagers.
NBA: Phoenix Suns -9.5 over Los Angeles Lakers
Mainly because the Lakers are without LeBron James and Anthony Davis, punters are avoiding them like the plague on Sunday. They are fading L.A. hard, with 96 percent of the money and 72 percent of the bets coming in on Phoenix -9.5. Although the money line (-455) does not have much value, 93 percent of the handle and 83 percent of the bets are backing the Suns to win straight up.
NHL: Vegas Golden Knights -1.5 over Los Angeles Kings
There is a clear-cut No. 1 play of the day in the public’s eyes when it comes to a small four-game slate in the NHL. It is without question the Golden Knights in their road game against the Kings. Vegas on the -1.5 puck line is inspiring 90 percent of the money and 88 percent of the wagers. On the -182 money line, the Golden Knights are getting 88 percent of the handle and 85 percent of the wagers. Punters like the Over 5.5 in this contest, as well. A total of 87 percent of the money and 78 percent of the bets are on the over.