Daily public money update: Bucks and over in Game 4 of NBA Finals
The day after the Major League Baseball All-Star Game is generally the worst annual 24 hours in sports, when basically nothing happens. Of course, last year there were a whole lot of days like that—and there wasn’t even an All-Star Game. This time around, there was an All-Star Game (the American League beat the National League 5-2 on Tuesday) and there continue to be some sports one day later. As a result of many schedule changes surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020-21 NBA season is still going strong a month later than usual, and Game 4 of the finals takes place on Wednesday.
Let’s take a look a look at where the public money has gone so far when it comes to various upcoming sporting events.
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NBA: Phoenix Suns vs. Milwaukee Bucks Over 220.5
The public’s favorite play on Game 4 is on the over, with the total set at 220.5. A total of 72 percent of the handle and 76 percent of the bets are hoping for a high-scoring affair. We are also tipping the over.
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NBA: Milwaukee Bucks -4 over Phoenix Suns
Bettors also like the Bucks to win and cover the -4 spread. With 51 percent of the wagers backing Milwaukee on the point spread, 59 percent of the money is going in the same direction. Punters are more conflicted on the money line, with 53 percent of the handle going toward the Bucks but 66 percent of the bets being put on the Suns. We are on Phoenix to cover the spread.
Golf: Jon Rahm to win the British Open
The year’s fourth and final major begins on Thursday at Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, England. Yesterday we discussed Koepka inspiring the most action at the betting window; he is a second favorite (+1600) behind Jon Rahm and he is getting 10 percent of the handle and six percent of the wagers. There is also increasing enthusiasm for Rahm, even though you can only get him at +700. Rahm is drawing seven percent of the handle and five percent of the bets.
Check out our British Open previews on the golf page.
American League: New York Yankees
The all-star break is still in progress, as Major League Baseball regular-season action does not resume in full until Friday (we do have one game on Thursday between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox). Now would be a good time to hit up the futures markets. Speaking of the Yankees, they are all the way down at +1100 to win the American League Pennant and that is why they are getting more action than any other team. A total of 33 percent of the handle and 32 percent of the bets are backing New York to be the AL representative in the World Series.
National League: Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers are heavily favored to win back-to-back National League Pennants (+175), but those odds are not exactly discouraging people from betting. Los Angeles is inspiring 20 percent of the money and 38 percent of the wagers when it comes to the NL futures market. Only the New York Mets (+45) are drawing more of the handle (21 percent) but only 10 percent of the bets are going in their direction.