Daily public money update: Hawks win and pour in points

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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.

The Final Four is not until Saturday, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead toward the resumption of March Madness. In the meantime, there is plenty of action in the NBA and NHL to be had on Thursday. It’s another busy night in the world of sports, so let’s take a look at where the public money has gone so far.

NBA: Atlanta Hawks -6 over Cleveland Cavaliers

College basketball may rule this month, but don’t forget about the NBA. We have a 5-game slate in the association, including this showdown between the Cavaliers and Hawks. It’s the most intriguing betting opportunity in the mind of the public, which is backing Atlanta against a -6 spread to the tune of 77 percent of the handle and 70 percent of the wagers. On the -240 money line, the Hawks are bringing in 80 percent of the handle and 85 percent of the bets.

This is also bettors’ favorite total of the day. With 87 percent of the wagers hammering Over 227, 95 percent of the money is going in the same direction.

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NBA: Philadelphia 76ers vs Detroit Pistons Over 223.5

Nothing else comes close to the enthusiasm bettors have for the Cavaliers-Hawks contest. That being said, they do clearly like the over in 76ers-Pistons. With the number at 223.5, 69 percent of the handle and 68 percent of the wagers are going toward the over.

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NHL: Colorado Avalanche -1.5 over San Jose Sharks

One of bettors’ favorite NHL plays is on the Avalanche (what’s new?!?!) to cover a -1.5 puck line in its home date with San Jose. Colorado is being supported by 91 percent of the money and 95 percent of the wagers to win by multiple goals. The public is also more than willing to take a -340 juice hit on the money line, with 97 percent of the handle and also 97 percent of the bets needing just a straight up victory by the Avs to cash.

We are all over Colorado at -1.5, as well, but our favorite bets of the day are on Carolina -1.5 over Montreal and Calgary on the 3-way money line against Los Angeles.

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NHL: Calgary Flames -1.5 over Los Angeles Kings

Punters are right there with us on the Calgary bandwagon. They are hammering the Flames on the -1.5 puck line against the visiting Kings, sending 92 percent of the money and 80 percent of the wagers that way.

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NCAAB: Villanova vs Kansas Over 133

There is nothing bettors love more than a good over bet, and they think they have found one with Saturday’s Final Four showdown between Villanova and Kansas. With the total set at 133, a modest 55 percent of the wagers but a far more substantial 81 percent of the handle is hoping for a high-scoring affair.

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