The Nuggets and Jazz gave us a thriller Tuesday night, though it was not what most everyone was expecting. It came down to a final missed shot by Mike Conley, but it was not a scoring fest between Donovan Mitchell and Jamal Murray.
The over/under line dropped from 220.5 to 217.5, a result of “sharp” bettors pounding the under, expecting more defense from both teams, and more jitters from all of the players. The “sharps” were correct, and now the same thing is happening fore tonight’s Houston-Oklahoma City Game 7. The line opened at 223 and has dropped an astonishing six points at some books.
You rarely see that kind of a drop in the NBA sports gambling world, but how many times do we have to explain that we are seeing things in 2020 that we have never seen before.
The NBA is giving us a diversion by successfully pulling off these playoffs, and the first round will come to a conclusion Wednesday night, leaving us with eight teams.
FanDuel offers for Rockets – Thunder Game 7
Let’s have a look at what types of interesting wagers are available in the legalized US sports betting market, beginning with the “alumni” game pitting Chris Paul’s old team vs. Chris Paul’s new team, also known as James Harden’s old team vs. James Harden’s new team, and Russell Westbrook’s old team vs. Russell Westbrook’s new team.
One of the more interesting wager opportunities comes from FanDuel Sportsbook, which has instituted two new types of wagers: “Single game parlay” and “Prepackaged Same Game parlay.”
Usually, a parlay requires the bettor to wager on the outcome of two or more games and to get all of them correct. But at FanDuel, the parlays are contained within the same game. For instance, do you like the possibility of Harden, Paul, Robert Covington, Westbrook and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander all coming up with at least two steals? They are all very good defensive players, but Covington is the only one among the five who is averaging more than two steals per game in this series.
Still, if it is an up-and-down game (and Mike D’Antoni tends to play those), it is quite possible that all five will get two steals apiece on their ledger. And if that happens and you made that five-way parlay at FanDuel, the payoff is +2000.
Here’s an even better payoff possibility: Harden, Westbrook and Paul all having 7 or more assists, along with Harden, Paul and Covington all having at least two steals. That six-way play is worth +4400.
“It is something different and unique that we have come up with,” said FanDuel spokesman Kevin Hennessy. “This is our little differentiator.”
DraftKings offers for Rockets – Thunder Game 7
Also, DK customers can opt-in to a 33% profit boost on any wager made between now and Sept. 14 (with a max of $250). So in other words, if a $100 wager hits, the payout becomes $133.
One of the more interesting Game 7 wagers on the board for Wednesday night is the possibility of Chris Paul getting a triple-double +2500. The same wager on Harden pays +700, and in the Miami-Milwaukee game, Jimmy Butler is +2600 to record a triple-double after he finished with 40 points but just four rebounds and two assists in Game 1 against the Bucks. Bam Adebayo, who had 12 points, 17 rebounds and six assists, is +1500 to record one, while Giannis Antetokounmpo, looking for a bounce-back game (especially from the free throw line), is +400 to accomplish the T-D feat – something he did four times during the regular season but has not yet done in the playoffs, coming within two assist of a triple-double in Game 4 against Orlando.
“These promos are some of our boldest yet and are in celebration of the return of sports,” said DraftKings spokeswoman Remington Parker. “We’re excited to provide customers with opportunities to win big and look forward to offering similar bonuses across the four major sports this fall.”
PointsBet offers for Rockets – Thunder Game 7
At PointsBet, the are 227 different wagers available on Wednesday’s Game 7, with James Harden’s over/under point total set at 33.5. One intriguing bet is +2200 on Eric Gordon being the game’s leading scorer – not outside of the realm of possibility given the way the Thunder’s guards have harassed Harden. The odds on Harden scoring fewer than 10 points are +4000.
Now that would be strange. But, strange things are happening in the NBA sports gambling world, just as they do on the basketball court. In fact, when Mike Conley’s game-winning 3-pointer rattled out at the buzzer Tuesday, it was worth a cool half-million to one bettor at William Hill who wagered $550,000 on Denver on the moneyline. That guy is most likely eating lobster today for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Enjoy Game 7. They are always special.