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The First Four of the NCAA Tournament continues on Wednesday. No, it’s not the field of 64; no, your brackets are not impacted by what happens. But it’s still the Big Dance, and there will surely be a whole host of eyeballs on the festivities—and probably a whole host of bets, too. We also have plenty of action in the NBA and NHL.

Let’s take a look at where the public money has gone so far on Wednesday.

NCAAB: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +1 over Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Bettors’ favorite play on today’s small NCAA Tournament slate is on Rutgers to cover a +1 spread against Notre Dame in a battle for the final at-large spot in the traditional 64-team bracket. A total of 72 percent of the handle and 71 percent of the wagers are backing the Scarlet Knights against the spread.

Check out all of our NCAA Tournament previews so far

NBA: Denver Nuggets -6 over Washington Wizards

The Nuggets are trying desperately to stay in the top 6 in the Western Conference and avoid the play-in tournament. Punters are putting their faith in a motivated Denver team, which is bringing in 92 percent of the money and 85 percent of the bets to cover a -6 spread in its road games at Washington. The visitors are also being hammered on the -240 money line to the tune of 92 percent of the handle and 91 percent of the wagers.

Check out all of our NBA previews for Wednesday

NBA: Atlanta Hawks ML over Charlotte Hornets

Bettors also like Atlanta a fair amount. The Hawks are slight underdogs (+105 on the money line) at Charlotte and the public is happy to hammer them at plus money. With 66 percent of the bets being put on Atlanta’s money line, 87 percent of the handle is doing the same.

Our NBA experts are actually on the Hornets in this one, but we do agree with the betting public on the Nuggets against the spread.

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NHL: Calgary Flames -1.5 over New Jersey Devils

Bettors’ favorite NHL play is on the Flames on the puck line in their home date with the Devils. Calgary (-1.5) is being supported by 97 percent of the money and 86 percent of the wagers. The public is also more than willing to incur -320 juice on the money line. A total of 89 percent of the handle and 80 percent of the wagers are backing the Flames to win outright.

Check out all of our NHL previews for Wednesday

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning vs Seattle Kraken Over 6

There is nothing the public loves more than a good over bet, and it thinks it has one in the form of this Lightning-Kraken contest. A total of 72 percent of the handle and 87 percent of the wagers are going toward the over (with the total set at 6).

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