Where the action is: Books go to battle with sharps Monday night

Dec 10, 2012 |
Sharp money has come in strong on the New England Patriots Monday night, pushing the home spread to as high as -6 for New England’s meeting with the Houston Texans.

The Patriots were as low as -3 earlier last week but have jumped to -6 with wise guys running to the home team Monday.

“I have to believe a little Texans money is going to come in,” Jay Rood, sportsbook director of the MGM Mirage in Las Vegas, told Covers. “Most of this move is sharp money and now I think the public is going to come back on Houston.”

Rood, who is currently dealing New England -5.5, says the Monday nighter is a showdown between the books and sharp bettors and will decide whether Week 14 is a winning or losing week for most sportsbooks. The late afternoon games and Sunday night's contest all handed books a big loss and erased the earnings from the early Sunday games.

“Texans come in, we win. If it comes in Pats, more of the same,” says Rood.

Favorites went 8-6 ATS Sunday while home teams finished with a 9-5 ATS mark.

As for the total for Monday’s game, the number opened at 51.5 and moved as high as 53 before being bet down. Rood says the parlay cards have the traditional Monday Night Football lean towards the over, but the straight over/under action is very balanced.

“We’re sitting pretty good. As long as it doesn’t come up 52. That wouldn’t be good for us,” he says.

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