Daily public money update: March of the Penguins
It’s a busy schedule in the world of sports on Tuesday. We have five games in the NBA, eight in the NHL, and a full 15-game slate in Major League Baseball. Let’s take a look at where the betting money has gone so far.
NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Sacramento Kings Under 238
Per DraftKings, the public is all over the under in Tuesday’s nights encounter between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings. A bloated 80 percent of the handle and 82 percent of the bets are backing Under 238. Bettors don’t have much of a play on the side, but the Kings are getting 64 percent of the ATS wagers (-3) and 63 percent of the money line handle (-148).
We can’t disagree with the public here. Without Karl-Anthony Towns, the Timberwolves are not going to be able to fully exploit the Kings’ defensive weaknesses. Top scorer Anthony Edwards as well as D’Angelo Russell can score a fair amount and the under would still have a good chance of hitting. Minnesota just isn’t deep. Moreover, Sacramento’s pace of play has decreased of late.
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NBA: New York Knicks ML over Charlotte Hornets
Another popular play is on the New York Knicks to win straight up against the visiting Charlotte Hornets. New York is getting 71 percent of the handle and 68 percent of the wagers on the -215 money line. Punters are also happily giving the -5.5 points, as the Knicks are inspiring 68 percent of the money and 64 percent of the wagers ATS.
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NHL: Florida Panthers ML over Columbus Blue Jackets
Bettors’ favorite NHL play of the day is on the Florida Panthers in their home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Florida on the -225 money line is getting a ridiculous 98 percent of the handle and 94 percent of the bets. Bettors are almost as enthusiastic about the -1.5 puck line; 89 percent of the wagers are on the Panthers -1.5, while 82 percent of the wagers are going in the same direction.
NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5 over New Jersey Devils
The public is also hammering the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are playing host to the New Jersey Devils. Pittsburgh is drawing 96 percent of the money and 76 percent of the bets on the -1.5 puck line. The Penguins are getting a ton of love to win outright, too, even though the value may not be as good at -265. A total of 94 percent of the handle and 91 percent of the bets are on Pittsburgh’s money line.
We like both the Panthers and the Penguins on the puck line. Be sure to check out all of our NHL previews on the NHL page.
MLB: Cincinnati Reds -1.5 over Arizona Diamondbacks
On the baseball diamond, bettors really like the Cincinnati Reds to easily take care of the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks. A whopping 95 percent of the money and 79 percent of the bets are banking on Cincinnati to cover the -1.5 run line. The public is also intrigued by the -143 money line; 83 percent of the money and 76 percent of the wagers are tipping the Reds to win straight up.
The Reds are also our best MLB bet of the day. Ketel Marte, the Diamondbacks’ best hitter, is still out; so is first baseman Christian Walker, another source of power they were relying on. At full strength this lineup is below average. Right now it is one of the least fearsome in the league. Conversely, Cincinnati is the top-scoring team in the majors by averaging more than six runs per game.