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How public is betting and DFS considerations for Anthony Smith vs. Jim Crute

Anthony Smith and Jim Crute meet in a light heavyweight contenders bout on the main card of UFC 261 on April 24. We break down how the betting public is picking the fight and the DFS pricing from DraftKings.

(L-R) Anthony Smith and Jimmy Crute of Australia face off during the ceremonial UFC 261 weigh-in at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on April 23, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC

In a light heavyweight contenders bout on the main card for UFC 261, Anthony Smith will take on Jim Crute Saturday night live from Jacksonville, FL and available on ESPN+ PPV.

The 32-year-old Smith enters the octagon as the underdog at (+160). He is only receiving 34% of the action and 34% of bets. “Lionheart” Smith has a professional fighting record of 34-16 and is ranked sixth in the light heavyweight division. The 6-foot-4 fighter last fought at UFC on ESPN 18 in Nov. 2020, where he defeated Devin Clark by submission in Round 1.

As for Crute, he walks into the main card with a professional fighting record of 12-1. The Australian native is listed as the favorite at (-200) and is ranked 13th at 205 lbs. He’s receiving 66% of the action and 66% of the bets. “The Brute” has won two-straight bouts, including his most recent at UFC Fight Night 180 in October. The 25-year-old fighter defeated Modestas Bukauskas in Round 1 by knockout.

Here are the odds and betting splits at DraftKings Sportsbook for Anthony Smith vs. Jim Crute at UFC 261 on April 24.

Odds and Betting splits

Anthony Smith: +160 (34% of action, 34% of bets)
Jim Crute: -200 (66% of action, 66% of bets)

Winning Method

Anthony Smith By Decision: +400 (2% of action, 8% of bets)
Anthony Smith By KO, TKO or DQ: +600 (18% of action, 11% of bets)
Anthony Smith By Submission: +800 (9% of action, 10% of bets)
Jim Crute By Decision: +275 (24% of action, 32% of bets)
Jim Crute By KO, TKO or DQ: +195 (43% of action, 33% of bets)
Jim Crute By Submission: +500 (5% of action, 6% of bets)
Tie: +6600 (0% of action, 1% of bets)

DraftKings DFS Values

Anthony Smith: $7,300
Jimmy Crute: $8,900

Between the two fighters, Jimmy “The Brute” Crute is the better play in MMA DFS. The 25-year-old is averaging 93.4 fantasy points per fight and has scored 100 points or more in two consecutive fights. In his last bout, Crute landed a Round 1 knockout, 17 significant strikes and two knockdowns for 117.8 fantasy points. With him only having one loss on his resume, it’s hard to pick against the Aussie.

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