Reverse Line Movement

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Reverse line movement refers to betting line movement that contradicts the public betting percentages.

For example, consider Indianapolis Colts -14 vs. Oakland Raiders +14.

Sports Insights’ NFL Betting Trends data is reporting that 80% of the spread bets being placed are on Indianapolis, but the line moves against the Colts to -13.

Team Betting Percentage Current Line Opening Line
Oakland Raiders 20% +13 +14
Indianapolis Colts 80% -13 -14

This is a sure sign that smart money, or large wagers made by single individuals or betting syndicates, has come in on Oakland, causing reverse line movement. You would immediately search for a sportsbook offering Oakland +14 and quickly get down.

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