Latest On NBA Gambling Investigation Of Jontay Porter Prop Bets

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Written By Giovanni Shorter | Last Updated
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The NBA has opened a gambling investigation following a string of questionable sports betting activity involving player props on Toronto Raptors forward Jontay Porter. Regulated sportsbooks began noticing irregularities surrounding those prop bets and reported them. Individuals were moving to wager thousands on Porter unders in games where Porter would go on to sub out early.

Which Jontay Porter Games Are Under NBA Gambling Investigation?

The first instance being examined is the Jan. 26 matchup between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Toronto Raptors. DraftKings Sportsbook reported that Porter’s unders were the biggest money win for bettors on the night. Porter’s props were set at 5.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists. Porter would finish the matchup with zero points, only three rebounds, and one assist after leaving the game due to a reaggravated eye injury.

According to ESPN, who broke the story, bettors were attempting to wager upwards of $10,000 and $20,000 on Porter unders at one confirmed sportsbook, potentially more. Sportsbook limits are usually set at $1,000 to $2,000 on NBA player props, which made these requests stand out.

“People were trying to do whatever they could to bet Jontay Porter props [against the Clippers],” said the source. “And then, just a few days ago, the same thing. We had a bunch of people trying to bet under for more.”

Another instance that raised concern was the Mar. 20 matchup between the Raptors and the Sacramento Kings. Here, Porter’s props were set at 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. Porter would finish with zero points and only two rebounds after once again exiting the game after just three minutes following an illness.

What Is The Punishment If NBA Finds Jontay Porter Was INvolved?

The NBA’s gambling policy prohibits players, employees, and league officials from betting on NBA games. Those who are found violating these rules can suffer fines, suspensions, and potential termination of their contracts.

For a charge as drastic as not only betting on games but altering one’s performance to gain an advantage at sportsbooks, it would lead to serious repercussions, especially for a league that already dealt with the betting scandal surrounding referee Tim Donaghy in 2007.

While the NBA is still investigating, Porter has not played in a game since Friday, Mar. 22. If the NBA uncovers Porter was involved, do not expect any leniency.