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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Sports Betting

Warriors-Spurs odds: Warriors massive favorites in conference finals

Steph Curry

Most people who follow basketball will predict the Golden State Warriors to beat the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, but the extent to which they’re favorites is still shocking.

The Warriors opened as a 10 to 10.5-point favorite over the Spurs in Game 1 of their upcoming series based on a look at a few different sportsbooks. That’s a pretty wide margin for what’s supposed to be the two top teams in the conference.

What’s even more startling is how large of a favorite the Warriors are to win the series. 5Dimes sportsbook has the Warriors as a -1000 favorite, meaning you would have to wager $100 on them to win $10.

Westgate Las Vegas has the Warriors as an even greater favorite. They have Golden State as -1600 odds, which means you’d have to wager $160 that they win the series in order to profit $10. Bookmaker.eu lists the Warriors as -1050 for the series.

Those odds are similar to what you’d see when Floyd Mayweather fights one of his inept opponents. It’s safe to say NBA fans are expecting a third straight trip to the Finals for the Warriors.

Memphis Grizzlies covered the spread in unreal fashion

Wade Baldwin

The Memphis Grizzlies covered the spread in their game against the New York Knicks in pretty incredible fashion.

The Grizzlies were up 98-88 against the Knicks on Friday night with 19 seconds left. They had the ball just past halfcourt with Wade Baldwin IV dribbling out the clock. Then with a second left and players walking off the court, Baldwin decided to launch a 3-pointer. Naturally, the ball went in.

That made the score 101-88, which was the final. The Grizzlies were favored by 12.5 points in the game, so the three ensured they covered the spread by a half-point.

Not only did the late, seemingly meaningless three cover the spread, but it also created some bad blood.

That sounds an awful lot like another complaint we heard last week. Do you think Baldwin had any idea that his last-second heavy would create so many ripple effects?

H/T Big Daddy

Phil Mickelson owed gambler nearly $2 million in 2012

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson avoided being charged for insider trading for acting on a stock tip in 2012, but the case has revealed another interesting note about his gambling habit.

Mickelson has long had a reputation for being a huge gambler, which is sort of how he ended up in the situation. It was revealed in court on Thursday that Lefty owed gambling pro Billy Walters nearly $2 million for a gambling debt.

Walters received a stock tip, passed it along to Mickelson, who used it to make nearly a million dollars. A few months later he paid off a $1.95 million debut to Walters.

Mickelson was investigated but not charged by the SEC for his trade. He did pay back the money he made in his transactions, plus interest. A prosecutor in the case said Mickelson owed similar debts to Walters in the past.

Mickelson has also been linked to money laundering for a sports gambling ring.

Late Oklahoma State three-pointer causes six-figure swing at sportsbooks


The Oklahoma State Cowboys drained a three-pointer at the buzzer Friday that was utterly meaningless when it came to the result, but quite the opposite in Vegas.

Michigan led Oklahoma State 92-88 as time ran out in the first round game, but the Cowboys’ Jawun Evans drained a three at the buzzer. His team still lost, but the point spread had Michigan favored by 2.5 — meaning the shot meant a backdoor cover for Oklahoma State.

The sportsbooks promptly went nuts.

It was no small thing, too, as the shot had a major impact.

Hey, maybe the bookies are starting to recover from that awful run they had in January.

Super Bowl 51 over/under largest ever

Tom Brady jacket

We can probably expect a lot of points to be scored in Super Bowl 51.

In their first two games this postseason, the Patriots scored 34 and 36 points. The Falcons have put up a combined 80 points in their two playoff wins. With two high-powered offenses set to meet in Houston for the Super Bowl, the expected point total by odds makers is already the largest in Super Bowl history.

Initially the total was 58 points, but was later raised to 59.

During the regular season, the Falcons led the NFL in scoring at 33.8 points per game and the Patriots were third at 27.6. Combine that with what both teams have done so far this post and it’s not hard to see why Vegas is expecting numerous points. It’s worth noting the Patriots’ defense did allow the fewest points per game (15.6) this season, although it will likely take their best effort of the season to keep the Falcons in that range.

Sportsbooks take ‘colossal’ hit thanks to Cowboys, Chiefs losses


A bad week for the sportsbooks got even worse after Sunday’s NFL action.

Thanks to upset victories Sunday by the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers, Las Vegas bookies reported huge losses, with William Hill reporting the worst day in the company’s five-year history in Nevada, according to ESPN’s David Perdum.

With bettors backing the two winning underdogs, the losses for bookies were enormous.

“Seemed like a blue-collar betting day with public parlaying, teasing and pounding money lines on Packers and Steelers,” said Bill Sattler, the director of specialty games for Caesars Entertainment. “We salvaged the under in [the] late game, but another solid week for the public.”

Others made it sound even worse.

“It’s just colossal,” Jay Rood, vice president of MGM race and sports, said of Sunday’s losses.

“Awful,” added Westgate SuperBook assistant manager Ed Salmons. “Can’t be worse.”

It caps off a nightmare of a week for the sportsbooks, who suffered enormously on Monday’s National Championship Game as well. They’ll be holding their breath for more forgiving NFL results next weekend.

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Packers-Falcons betting line changes after big bet on Atlanta


The betting line for the NFC Championship Game next weekend between the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers changed immediately after a big bet came in on Atlanta.

The original line was set at Atlanta -4, but it quickly moved to -4.5 and -5 at different sports books after big bets came in on the Falcons.

Here’s what the rest of Tuley’s tweet said: “ViewFromVegas of NFC Championship Game: Westgate Las Vegas opened Atlanta -4 over Green Bay on the Don Best odds screen and quickly went to Atlanta -5. The over/under is a very high 59.5. South Point went with O/U 60 and Westgate quickly went to 60.5 (Station Casinos already at 61).”

The lack of faith in the Packers comes as a surprise given their 8-game winning streak. But the Falcons will be at home and have won five in a row too, including a 36-20 victory over the Seahawks in the playoffs. They’re almost as hot as the Packers, and they will have the dome advantage.

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