David Purdum gives a quick look at some of the most notable bets and sportsbook stories from the past week.
No NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven playoff series. A Nevada bettor is invested in the Dallas Mavericks by becoming first.
Caesars Sportsbook reported taking a $50,000 bet Tuesday on the Mavericks to come back and win the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
If the Mavericks became the first team to erase a 3-0 deficit, the bettor would net $1.5 million.
“This is easily one of the craziest bets I’ve ever seen,” Craig Mucklow, vice president of trading at Caesars Sportsbook, said in a company statement. “There have been 3-0 comebacks in other sports, but not in the NBA. If the Mavericks are successful, this bettor will also be a part of history with one of the biggest ever winnings for an NBA bet. “
But the bettor had not finished. According to Caesars, the same client also placed a $10,000 bet on the Mavericks to win the NBA title at odds of 75-1. Caesars wasn’t the only bookmaker to report big bets on the Mavs. DraftKings reported on Tuesday that they took a $420,000 bet from a client in Arizona on Dallas to cover the 1-point spread before Game 4.
Rufus Peabody, a professional bettor, tweeted a screenshot of a $500 bet he made on Sunday on Mito Pereira to win the PGA Championship at odds of 300-1 at Circa Sports. The bet would have paid out $150,000. Pereira, leading by one, hit his tee shot into a stream on the 18th and made a double bogey that knocked him out of a playoff with Justin Thomas and Will Zalatoris. “Well that hurts,” Peabody posted, along with the screenshot of his bet.
Thomas was 250-1 to win the tournament midway through its round at PointsBet sportsbook. A bettor put $200 on him at that price and won $50,000, when Thomas beat Zalatoris in the playoffs.
Last week an Arizona bettor placed a $25,000 bet on the Philadelphia Phillies to win the NL East at +850 odds with Caesars Sportsbook. The bet would net $212,500. The Phillies will start this week eight games behind the New York Mets.
Caesars Sportsbook has released lines on every NFL game for the upcoming season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the only team currently favored every game, while the Houston Texans are the only team that’s an underdog every game. The current biggest point spread is in the Week 2 game between the Los Angeles Rams and Atlanta Falcons. The Rams are home favorites 13.5 points ahead of the Falcons.