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Breaking down NBA betting splits for Wednesday, October 20th

We take a look at where the public money is going on the spread, over/under and moneyline for Wednesday night’s big NBA slate.

Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls dribbles the ball against Desmond Bane #22 of the Memphis Grizzlies in the first half during a preseason game at United Center on October 15, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

The first big NBA slate of the season gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 20th. We’ve got 11 games on the schedule for tonight with a few big matchups being broadcasted on ESPN. The Boston Celtics will face the New York Knicks at MSG while the Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns play a rematch of last year’s Western Conference semifinals, when the Suns swept the Nuggets.

We’ve got some betting splits from DraftKings Sportsbook for the slate. We’ll need to get some more updated info, but will be providing updated splits throughout the day. Check out the table below for how the public is betting the spread, over/under and moneyline.

The biggest discrepancy with these splits is that Chicago Bulls-Detroit Pistons game. The Bulls are being hyped up as a potential top 4 team in the East early on. If that’s the type of team the Bulls are going to be this season, blowing out the Pistons shouldn’t be difficult. Detroit won’t have No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham either. The line was Bulls -3 and has moved to -5, which is significant. That’s why almost all of the money and bets are on Chicago.

A big portion of the bets (75 percent) are on the Nuggets-Suns game going over 225 points. In that playoff series last season, two of four games went over this total. Last season, Denver and Phoenix both ranked in the top 10 in offense. It’s a bit surprising though. The Nuggets won’t have Jamal Murray yet and the Suns have players who can lock down Denver’s top two options; Deandre Ayton on Nikola Jokic and Mikal Bridges on Michael Porter Jr.

NBA betting splits, Oct. 20

Teams Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
Teams Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
CHI Bulls -5 97% 95% Over 218.5 67% 60% -210 97% 94%
DET Pistons +5 3% 5% Under 218.5 33% 40% +175 3% 6%
IND Pacers -1 40% 33% Over 223.5 25% 46% -105 59% 44%
CHA Hornets +1 60% 67% Under 223.5 75% 54% -115 41% 56%
BOS Celtics +1.5 46% 47% Over 217.5 38% 60% +105 54% 50%
NY Knicks -1.5 54% 53% Under 217.5 62% 40% -125 46% 50%
WAS Wizards +2.5 19% 26% Over 223.0 57% 66% +120 34% 29%
TOR Raptors -2.5 81% 74% Under 223.0 43% 34% -140 66% 71%
CLE Cavaliers +7 34% 27% Over 218.0 75% 58% +230 8% 6%
MEM Grizzlies -7 66% 73% Under 218.0 25% 42% -290 92% 94%
HOU Rockets +6.5 19% 13% Over 231.5 82% 42% +200 10% 11%
MIN Timberwolves -6.5 81% 87% Under 231.5 18% 58% -250 90% 89%
PHI 76ers -4 73% 89% Over 224.0 36% 47% -165 79% 85%
NO Pelicans +4 27% 11% Under 224.0 64% 53% +145 21% 15%
ORL Magic +6.5 38% 25% Over 212.5 30% 60% +205 8% 11%
SA Spurs -6.5 62% 75% Under 212.5 70% 40% -255 92% 89%
OKC Thunder +13.5 10% 17% Over 221.5 49% 51% +700 23% 5%
UTA Jazz -13.5 90% 83% Under 221.5 51% 49% -1125 77% 95%
DEN Nuggets +6.5 57% 57% Over 223.5 67% 74% +205 31% 23%
PHO Suns -6.5 43% 43% Under 223.5 33% 26% -255 69% 77%
SAC Kings +6.5 11% 19% Over 234.5 88% 51% +205 11% 10%
POR Trail Blazers -6.5 89% 81% Under 234.5 12% 49% -255 89% 90%