It’s a busy week in the world of sports with the arrival of the NFL and another big slate of college football action. Major League Baseball has center stage for the most part on Wednesday, while the U.S. Open quarterfinals are also making headlines. Let’s take a look at where the public money has gone so far on Wednesday.
MLB: Atlanta Braves -1.5 over Washington Nationals
Bettors’ favorite MLB play of the day is on the Braves to win by multiple runs against the Nationals. Atlanta on the -1.5 run line is inspiring a bloated 98 percent of the handle in addition to 70 percent of the bets. On the money line, the Braves are sizable -220 favorites. The public certainly isn’t scared away by that juice, though. A total of 77 percent of the money and 90 percent of the bets are supporting Atlanta to win straight up.
And why not? The Nationals have lost each of Sean Nolin’s 4 starts and the Braves generally beat up on bad teams. Atlanta -1.5 is one of our best MLB bets of the day.
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MLB: San Diego Padres ML over Los Angeles Angels
Bettors are also hammering the Padres in their home date with the Angels. San Diego on the -245 money line is getting 95 percent of the money and 79 percent of the wagers. Punters are quite willing to give the -1.5 runs, too. The Padres are bringing in whopping 98 percent of the handle, although only 40 percent of the bets are going in the same direction.
MLB: Philadelphia Phillies vs Milwaukee Brewers Over 8
When it comes to game totals, the public is all over the over in this meeting between the Phillies and Brewers. With 78 percent of the wagers supporting Over 8, 92 percent of the money is doing the same. There is conflicting interest on the sides when it comes to the run line and the money line, so it’s clear that the total is the way to go in this matchup—at least in the eyes of the public. Milwaukee -1.5 is getting 69 percent of the handle, but Philadelphia on the +135 money line is inspiring 66 percent of it.
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U.S. Open: Karolina Pliskova ML over Maria Sakkari
The remaining semifinal spots at the 2021 U.S. Open will be handed out on Wednesday. With top two seeds Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka out of the tournament, the women’s title is completely up for grabs and therefor the pressure has only increased. Who will handle it better between first-time major title hopefuls Karolina Pliskova and Maria Sakkari? Punters have put 61 percent of their money and 63 percent of their bets on Pliskova’s money line (-130).
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NCAAF: Oregon Ducks vs Ohio State Buckeyes Over 63.5
We might as well go ahead and start looking ahead to Week 2 of the college season, which includes a showdown between the Oregon Ducks and Ohio State Buckeyes. Both teams are ranked in the top 12 and have realistic College Football Playoff aspirations. Bettors like the Buckeyes right now, but they love the over even more. A total of 78 percent of the handle and 62 percent of the wagers are hoping for more than 63.5 point to be scored.
We have to agree with that assessment. The biggest danger for Oregon is its secondary trying to contain Chris Olave and the rest of Ohio State’s pass-catchers. At the same time, the Buckeyes’ defense underwhelmed last year and did not look good last weekend against Minnesota.
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