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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.

What more can you ask for as a sports fan, especially in the middle of the week? The real Major League Baseball playoffs (now the wild-card games are out of the way) get underway with the American League Division Series. Another week on both the professional and college gridiron is also beginning. Let’s take a look at where the public money has gone so far on Thursday.

NFL: Los Angeles Rams -2.5 over Seattle Seahawks

We don’t have to wait until the weekend to get started with Week 5 in the NFL.  Thursday Night Football features the Rams and Seahawks, which makes it the most intriguing contest on the TNF schedule to date. Punters like Los Angeles a fair amount. Even though the Rams are giving 2.5 points on the round, they are bringing in 78 percent of the money and also 78 percent of the bets against the spread. They are getting 70 percent of the handle and 68 percent of the bets on the -135 money line, as well.

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NCAAF: Coastal Carolina -19.5 over Arkansas State

Looking to the college football slate, Week 6 gets started with 15th-ranked Coastal Carolina going on the road to face Arkansas State. Bettors are loving the Chanticleers in this Sun Belt Conference battle. They are drawing 92 percent of the handle and 94 percent the wagers on the -19.5 spread. The Chants are getting backed in a big way on the money line, even though the juice is a ridiculous -1125. Coastal Carolina is inspiring 94 percent of the handle and 95 percent of the wagers.

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MLB: Chicago White Sox +1.5 over Houston Astros

Bettors’ favorite MLB play of the day is on the visiting White Sox to cover the +1.5 run line against the Astros in Game 1. Chicago +1.5 is getting 69 percent of the money and 54 percent of the bets. On the money line, the Sox are +115 underdogs. The public likes the plus money, putting 66 percent of the handle and 52 percent of the wagers on Chicago to win straight up.

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MLB: Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays Over 8

When it comes to game totals, the public is all over the over in Game 1 between the Red Sox and Rays. With 61 percent of the wagers supporting Over 8, 76 percent of the money is doing the same. Punters are more conflicted on the side for this series opener. Boston is inspiring 75 percent of the money on the +1.5 run line, but Tampa Bay is drawing 63 percent of the handle and 59 percent of the bets on the -160 money line.

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MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers to win the World Series

Now that the wild-card games have come and gone and the traditional field of eight is set, it’s time to start looking at the big picture—you know, the World Series. The defending champion Dodgers are favored once again and the public certainly thinks they have a good chance of getting the job done.  Even though L.A. is a heavy +240 favorite, bettors are happy to throw their money at this juggernaut of a baseball team. The Dodgers are being backed by 18 percent of the handle and 24 percent of the wagers. No other team is inspiring more than 12 percent of the money or the bets (the White Sox at +750 are getting 12 percent in each department).

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