NBA playoff betting: Bettors are heavily siding with the home teams Tuesday night
Bettors really like the home teams ahead of Tuesday night’s NBA playoff games.
All three home teams are getting at least 80% of the money bet against the spread at BetMGM as bettors aren’t giving the road teams much of a chance. The Phoenix Suns are getting the most money of any favorite as a 9.5-point favorite against the New Orleans Pelicans. The top-seeded Suns are getting 86% of bets and 89% of the money as they try to take a 2-0 lead against the Pelicans. The Suns won Game 1 by a score of 110-99 as Chris Paul had 30 points and Devin Booker scored 25.
The Memphis Grizzlies are getting 84% of the handle as 6.5-point favorites against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Wolves won the first game of the series on Saturday, but bettors haven’t been dissuaded by that victory. Memphis received over 90% of bets to win the series ahead of Game 1 but Minnesota took the first game easily in a 130-117 victory on the road.
The home team getting the fewest bets on Tuesday night is the Miami Heat. The Heat are getting 69% of bets but those bets equal 80% of the total money. Miami is a 7.5-point favorite against the Atlanta Hawks after easily winning Game 1 on Sunday.
Wins and covers by the three home teams on Tuesday night would continue the trend of favorites taking care of business so far in the playoffs. Favorites were 2-1 against the spread on Monday night as Dallas joined Minnesota as the only underdogs to to get a win straight up with a 110-104 victory over the Utah Jazz. So far this postseason, favorites are 15-2 straight up and 12-5 against the spread. If the majority of bettors have their way on Tuesday night, those numbers will jump to 18-2 and 15-5.