NBA Playoff Odds Shifting At NJ Online Sportsbooks After 76ers And Nets Are Eliminated

The Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets missing the NBA Eastern Conference Finals left NJ sports bettors stranded with losing tickets.

So much for the best-laid plans. New Jersey online sports bettors had long penciled in the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets to meet in the Eastern Conference Finals of the NBA playoffs.

That will only happen now if they go to the same game, as spectators.

The Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks clash in the most unlikely Eastern Conference finals starting Wednesday. They shocked the Nets and Sixers respectively, taking two highly-favored entities out of the playoff picture with Game 7 road victories.

NJ sports betting customers hardly expected to see this series matchup at DraftKings:

Milwaukee is -480 (and the +100 favorite to win the title). 

Atlanta comes in at+350 (and +1100 to win the championship).

FanDuel Sportsbook offers up these series score scenarios after three games:

  • Milwaukee 2-1, +110
  • Atlanta +2-1, + 320
  • Milwaukee 3-0, +225
  • Atlanta 3-0, +1800

Or the length of series prediction:

  • 4 games, +420
  • 5 games, +190
  • 6 games, +240
  • 7 games, +250

Expect individual game props on Trae Young of the Hawks, Giannis Antetokounmpo for the Bucks, and others.

They will be enticing.  They just won’t be the Sixers or Nets.

Elimination of 76ers and Nets means new Cinderella stories

It’s probably numbing for New Jersey bettors to see that the Bucks became the early-week NBA title favorite at William Hill at +105, followed by the Phoenix Suns at +150. The Los Angeles Clippers are next at +800, while the Hawks are the biggest longshots at +1100.

With so much expected of the Nets and 76ers, no wonder the Suns, who opened the season at +5000 and the Hawks, at +15000 (150-1) are big stories now

The Bucks’ highest title odds at any point were +1600 on June 10, when they were trailing 2-0 to the Nets in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Clippers were at +1700 back in late May, and were at +1600 on June 12, down 2-0 to the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference semifinals.

The other two teams possessed much longer odds at certain points of the season.

The Suns were at +5000 (50-1) when their NBA title futures were released on Oct. 12, as well as in February.  Meanwhile, the Hawks were displayed at +50000 (500-1) from Feb. 28 to Mar. 20.

There are some large bets at both William Hill and DraftKings Sportsbook on the Hawks to win everything, prompting liability to ride above $1 million. But none came from New Jersey.

These are the stories New Jersey bettors were certain they would not discover when the NBA Playoffs began. 

But that’s why they play the games.

The sad irony of Philadelphia 76ers

By winning the Eastern Conference regular-season crown, the Sixers supposedly did themselves a favor. As the No. 1 seed, they positioned themselves to avoid the Nets and Bucks in round two.

So according to the hypothetical blueprint, they would cruise past the Hawks and hope the Nets and Bucks had a long, drawn-out series.

They got the drawn-out series from the Bucks and Nets. But it didn’t matter. They didn’t win their own series, even dropping three games at the Wells Fargo Center. 

Sixers and Nets bettors are now dealing with the aftershock.

How unlikely was it for the Nets and Sixers to both lose Game 7 at home?

In Game 7 NBA matchups, higher-seeded teams were 109-31, a clip of nearly 78%. And two home favorites lost on consecutive nights.

The big money was on the Nets and Sixers. But the smart money was ultimately wagered on the contrarian angle.

NBA betting winners and losers from the weekend

Clearly, backing the underdogs is paying off for NJ online bettors.

The Nets had 74% of the DraftKings wagers at -2 and 71% on the moneyline at -114. Those who had the guts to take the Bucks on the road, in the finale of a series in which every home team had won, prevailed.

DraftKings betting reflected a “jump ball” between the smaller and larger bettors in the Sixers-Hawks finale.

The Hawks obtained 59% of the spread bets at +6.5

But the Sixers garnered 57% of the revenue, meaning that the big money lined up behind Philly.

PointsBet NJ reported a similar phenomenon. A full 66% of the bets landed on the Hawks +7 but 62% of the money was on the Sixers. 

The public prevailed, the sharps lost.

As for the series, anyone who took the Hawks at +500 at DraftKings, where they drifted to midway through the Sixers series, obtained a huge score.

NJ online sportsbooks are winners, too

 Nobody danced in the aisles more than executives at DraftKings, William Hill, BetMGM, FanDuel, etc. This is their all-time slam-dunk success story because their major, multi-million-dollar liabilities were eliminated.

The Los Angeles Lakers bowed to the Phoenix Suns in Round 1.

The Nets had been the perennial championship favorite most of the year. They took enormous money after spending $115 million to obtain the league’s best three players in Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden.

The Sixers did not approach this betting level, but they did win the Eastern Conference regular-season championship and their post-season odds had ticked downward once the Nets looked vulnerable because of injuries in the Bucks series.

Yes, DraftKings has a $1 million liability on the Hawks to win everything, based on one $50,000 wager, at +2000, but that’s better than having the Sixers in contention.

Losers: 76ers, Nets come up short

Rarely has “a game of inches” meant more than in the Nets loss Saturday.

The Nets nearly stole the series with one second left in regulation.  When they trailed 109-107, Durant hit a miraculous buzzer-beater that was called a three-point shot on television.

And it looked that way. But replay confirmed that Duran’s feet touched the three-point line where he launched the shot, and it was ruled a two-pointer, thus overtime.

How the Nets only scored two points in overtime is another story in their 115-111 loss.

Durant played the game he was brought in for, delivering 48 points and big bucket upon big bucket. At least the Nets bowed in a great game.

Meanwhile, the Sixers just bowed.

After blowing whopping leads of 18 and 26 points in consecutive setbacks to the Hawks, the Sixers had previously choked. In losing to 103-96 Sunday, they simply looked not good enough.

Certainly not mentally tough enough.

At critical junctures in Game 5 and 7, they committed fouls on 3-point attempts, resulting in three free throws. When it happened Sunday, turning a one-point deficit into a four-point, two-possession game in the final minute, it signaled the end.  Joel Embiid then lost the ball, and it was over.

The Sixers were atrocious in crunch time in the fifth and seventh games. Shot selection was bad, as their big men needed to play closer to the basket to get to the free-throw line.

Highs and lows of prop game

Props can keep you on the edge of your seat.

A weekend offer from William Hill on the Nets and Sixers games certainly did.

Combined with a $50 wager, it awarded a $100 free bet if any member of the covering team had a player with any total – points, rebounds, or assists – landing on seven.

Some New Jersey bettors wished William Hill had a bad-beat committee after Saturday.

Brook Lopez of the Bucks had 17 points and the Bucks were about to win by two points over the Nets. With three-tenths of one-second remaining, not even a full second, just a fraction, an inbounds pass came in, Lopez was fouled and it was considered intentional. 

This produced a technical foul, bringing Lopez to the line, where he hit two of three free throws. Goodbye $100 freebie.

And that was the second part of the Bad Beat. Durant’s terrific game-tying two-pointer came with one foot on the three-point line. If he’s a couple of inches back, the Nets win the game and series by one point and the Bucks, at +2, would have come through on this promotion.

So close.

One night later, however, the Hawks produced on that prop. 

Many astute New Jersey online bettors played this promotion both nights and ultimately prospered.

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New Jersey Sportsbooks Report Nearly $815 Million In May Bets, Fifth Best Month All-Time

NJ sports betting market took in more than $814 million in May bets, good enough for fifth-highest month since its June 2018 launch.

The NJ sports betting industry posted one of its best performances in May 2021, a fitting way for the state to approach the third anniversary of the first legal bet.

Garden State sports bettors wagered more than $814.27 million last month, according to data released Wednesday by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement. New Jersey sportsbooks reported nearly $52.9 million in revenue in May 2021.

May’s handle was the fifth-highest on record since sports betting went live in June 2018. The reported sports betting revenue was the fourth-highest monthly total.

More than $4.1 billion has been legally bet with New Jersey sportsbooks in 2021.

NJ sports betting continue to raise the bar

Between June 14, 2018 (NJ’s first legal bet) and May 2021, over $15.97 billion has been wagered on sports in the Garden State.

Legal sports betting has generated $139.56 million in taxes for state coffers. New Jersey sportsbooks have reported nearly $1.1 billion in gross revenue over that time.

“New Jersey sports betting market has not only grown into the largest market in the U.S., but it has evolved into the market that is least affected by the seasonalities of sports betting,” said Eric Ramsey, analyst for PlayNJ.com. “No market can escape the ebbs and flows of sports betting, but New Jersey has become remarkably consistent.”

FanDuel, Meadowlands lead NJ sports betting pack

New Jersey sportsbooks saw most of their action electronically last month. More than $734.65 million (90.2%) was wagered online or with a mobile app, according to the NJDGE reports.

As of now, there are 19 online/mobile sports betting options in NJ. Several more will launch later this year.

Meadowlands Racetrack (FanDuel Sportsbook/PointsBet) topped the online market with $29.8 million in gross revenue, according to the state data.

Resorts Digital, which includes DraftKings Sportsbook and FoxBET, reported $9.5 million in May.

Revenue results for the rest of NJ’s online/mobile operators:

  • BetMGM/Borgata: $4.7 million
  • Monmouth/William Hill/SugarHouse/TheScore: $1.8 million
  • Ocean Casino/William Hill/Tipico: $1.3 million
  • Caesars Sportsbook/WynnSports/888sport: $518,217
  • Hard Rock/Bet365/Unibet: $508,488
  • Tropicana/William Hill: $48,000
  • Golden Nugget/BetAmerica: -$87,211

NBA Playoff betting boosts retail totals

The nine Atlantic City casino sportsbooks and three racetracks reported more than $79.6 million in legal wagers last month.

The monthly handle is up nearly $13 million from April 2021. That could be an indication that in-person activities are returning as COVID-19 restrictions in NJ loosen.

New Jersey sportsbooks also had the added benefit of three regional basketball teams in the NBA Playoffs. The Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets are still playing in the second round. Meanwhile, the New York Knicks took an early first-round exit.

“Success from regional teams almost always gives a market a boost, and basketball is particularly popular with New Jersey bettors,” said Dustin Gouker, analyst for PlayNJ.com. “Even more, after a year of strict capacity limits and with so many regional favorites in the NBA Playoffs, bettors seemed particularly motivated to get out and place a bet. All of it is great news for a gaming market on the mend.”

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NBA Playoffs: Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets Looking To Take 3-0 Advantage Versus Bucks

The NBA Playoffs continue Thursday night with the Milwaukee Bucks hosting 2021 championship betting favorite Brooklyn Nets in Game 3.

Even a casual fan watching the NBA Playoffs has to be coming to the same conclusion as New Jersey sportsbooks.

The Brooklyn Nets (+110) are winning the 2021 NBA Championship.
The odds-on favorite Nets are toying with Eastern Conference opponents right now, similar to how a cat plays with a dead mouse.

Five of the team’s six playoff wins have been by double-digits.
Monday’s night dismantling of the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2 at Barclays Center was clear and convincing evidence that this team is nearly unstoppable

The Nets led by as many as 49 points in the fourth quarter and won by 39.
And Brooklyn staged that performance with one of its Big Three in street clothes.

Yikes.

NBA Playoffs continue Thursday night in Milwaukee

The Nets have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 3 tips off at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum.

Brooklyn will be without James Harden and Jeff Green on Thursday night.
The Bucks are a 3.5 point favorite at BetMGM and DraftKings Sportsbook,  at least as of mid-afternoon Thursday.

Two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is set at over/under 32.5 points at FanDuel Sportsbook. Milwaukee’s leading scorer averaged 28.1 points per game in the regular season. That number dips to 24.3 PPG in the playoffs.

For a Greek Freak combo points and rebounds, FanDuel set the over/under at 45.5.

Over/under for Game 3 ranges between 233.5 to 243.5 points at most NJ online sportsbooks.

BROOK-LYN, BROOK-LYN

Nets superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are both projected to have big games, too. Durant’s over/under is 32.5 points, while Irving’s posted line is 28.5 points at DraftKings. The over is -106 and the under is -121 for both players.

Durant, Harden, and Irving averaged 85.2 points in the first-round series against the Boston Celtics. It is the highest-scoring series for a trio in NBA history, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

With or without Harden, Durant is playing like the guy who won 2017 NBA Finals MVP with the Golden State Warriors.

Through the first seven games of the 2021 postseason, Durant is putting up otherworldly numbers. He is shooting 55% from the field and 50% from 3-point range, both career playoff bests. His 32 points per game are the third-highest of his postseason career.

And if Durant keeps putting up these numbers, the rest of the remaining NBA team will have a tough time stopping his Nets.

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Will 76ers Deliver A Winning Ticket For NJ Bettors Tuesday Night Versus Hawks?

Following the Philadelphia 76ers Game 1 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, it’s time to revaluate their NBA Playoff odds at NJ online sportsbooks.

Philadelphia 76ers backers must interpret a strange interruption to their NBA betting playoff party.

It continues Tuesday in round two, Game 2, with the Sixers hosting the Atlanta Hawks as medium-sized NJ online spots betting favorite.

But the post-season celebration, enlivened after the Sixers had dispatched the Washington Wizards in a five-games, has been threatened. It’s more subdued, and the music is softer.

With the Sixers losing Game 1 on Sunday, 128-124, they won’t have the luxury of breezing through the second round. That would have let them relax and watch the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks make the other conference semifinal a draining marathon.

Brooklyn leads that series 1-0 before tonight’s Game 2 and remains the DraftKings favorite at +160 to win the NBA championship.  That’s even without star James Harden, who suffered a hamstring injury 43 seconds into its 115-107 Game 1 win on Saturday.

The Nets are slight favorites for the second game and will be without Harden.

The books forecast the Sixers at least making temporary amends after the stunning loss to the Hawks.  Stunning is a fitting term being that the Sixers had NBA MVP finalist Joel Embiid back in the starting lineup. He scored 39 points.

The gamblers who had taken the Sixers at betting odds of -2.5 on Friday when it looked like Embiid would be sidelined got a great deal.

Unfortunately, they couldn’t cash in.

Assessing the 76ers odds after Game 1

Bettors have two assessments on the Sixers, based on how the game ended.

What happened?

Embiid played Sunday through a small right tear in his meniscus. Besides the 39 points, he collected nine rebounds and four assists in 38 minutes. The Sixers lost with him after blowing out the Hawks by 66 points in two April contests essentially without him.

New Jersey bettors were practically all in on the Sixers. DraftKings reported that 64% of the moneyline handle backed them at -205.

And 78% of the gamblers took the Sixers -4.5. A high number of players undoubtedly took both bets.

Sixers backers were rewarded in one category at least and that would be total points. DraftKings reported 58% of the customers took over 220.5.

They likely profited in another area too.

Plus, you can’t ignore Atlanta’s Trae Young’s value on the prop board.  He rang the bell twice for bettors on Sunday. His line of over 2.5 for three-pointers was the most popular prop bet at DraftKings. He produced four and rewarded bettors at +125.

Young also had 35 points, far above the 27 needed to bring home an over-under bet on his point total, at -117. That was the second most highly-bet prop.

Look for him to be a big prop target Tuesday as well.

William Hill offered a boosted odds special on Sunday. Take the Sixers and the Los Angeles Clippers on the Moneyline and get +140. The Clippers, who eliminated the Dallas Mavericks with a  126-111 victory, came through. The Sixers did not.

The other viewpoint on Joel Embiid and company

It never happened. The Sixers trailed by 26 before nearly stealing the game late. They found themselves. Momentum will carry over into Game 2. Take a mulligan. The Hawks hit 20 of 47 three-pointers and the 76ers must make sure it doesn’t happen again.

DraftKings underscored that sentiment, installing the Sixers at a decided -4.5 and a -180 on the moneyline for Game 2. Within an hour, it moved up to -5 and -195 on the moneyline.

And as of Monday morning, it moved to -210.

More along that vein, the Sixers showed they can stand up around Embiid too. Tobias Harris had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Seth Curry had 21 points and Ben Simmons delivered 17 points and 10 assists in Game 1. However, Simmons only made three of 10 free-throw attempts.

Harris and Simmons produced winning prop-bet double-double tickets for bettors.

The over-under of 222.5 for Game 2 projects 30 fewer points than the opener and below the teams’ combined 227-point average. It reflects the expectation that the Sixers, who were slow defensively in the opener, will snap back to form.

How will James Harden’s absence impact the Nets’ odds?

Bettors handicap a reduced Harden influence.  This is the same hamstring that saw him miss over a month before returning for the final week of the regular season.

Harden then returned to play in two games before the postseason began, and he had no issues in Brooklyn’s five-game destruction of the Boston Celtics in the opening round.

In his Game 1 absence, Brooklyn got a balanced scoring attack with 29 points from Kevin Durant, 25 from Kyrie Irving, 19 from Joe Harris and 18 from Blake Griffin.

Betting confidence remains high on the Nets in Game 2.

They were listed as -2 at BetMGM with a moneyline of -125.

But do you feel lucky?

Think they can win by five points or more, as they did in Game 1? Take that prop and get +135.

Handicapping 76ers odds for NBA Eastern Conference finals

So what happens if the Sixers right this ship?

They will play the Nets, against whom they were 2-1, or the Bucks, who swept them 3-0.

The 76ers never faced a full Nets team, but did beat then twice at home.  They were blown out of the water against the Bucks, going 0-3 and suffering their worst blowout of the season, 132-94, on April 24.

Four days later, they crushed the Hawks by 44 points. Two nights later, it was by 22.

But here they are in a different place against the fifth-seeded team.  Suddenly the Hawks have won four straight, including the three clinching victories against the New York Knicks.

Suddenly, the 76ers face their first must-win of the season Tuesday and then must seize a road victory. They play Friday and Monday in Atlanta.

The optimistic bettor thinks the Nets and Bucks will have a long draining series and the Sixers will play the winner.

The pessimist believes they won’t beat the Hawks.

The realist is in between.

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Philadelphia 76ers Are Big Favorite At NJ Sportsbooks To Defeat Wizards In First Round

The Philadelphia 76ers, the No. 1 seed in he Eastern Conference, are opening the NBA Playoffs at home against the Washington Wizards Sunday.

The Philadelphia 76ers opened the regular NBA regular season on Dec. 23 at home against the Washington Wizards. They will host them again, Sunday, May 23, to start the playoffs.

Could this be good karma?

In between, the Sixers earned their first No. 1 Eastern Conference seed in 20 years while Washington scrapped to obtain the last playoff berth.

This best-of-seven matchup sparks a regional betfest for NJ sports betting customers.

Garden state bettors’ three favorite teams, the Sixers, Brooklyn Nets, and New York Knicks, all sport homecourt advantage for the first round.

Bing, the Nets host the Boston Celtics Saturday at 8 p.m. Put the capital P in prohibitive, as they are -1430 at DraftKings Sportsbook to win the series.

Bang, the Sixers host the Wizards, Sunday at 1 p.m. as big series chalk a -1250.

Boom, the Knicks host the Atlanta Hawks, Sunday at 7 p.m. as the +100-small dog in the series. Atlanta took the most recent money, going to -121 at DraftKings in the Eastern Conference’s most evenly-matched first-round fling

NJ online sportsbooks are offering a myriad of NBA betting options.

They include:

  • Individual game odds
  • Individual game props
  • Over-under total
  • Series winner
  • How many games the best-of-7 series goes

Beyond those, NJ bettors can still get futures action

Here are the odds to win the Eastern Conference at William Hill, requiring three playoff-round victories:

Brooklyn -110
Sixers +300 (down from +440 just a few days go)

And here are the odds to win the NBA title:

  • Nets +220
  • Los Angeles Lakers +425
  • Sixers +750
  • Knicks +8000

NBA Playoff betting preview: Sixers-Wizards

The Sixers, 49-23, attained home court throughout the conference finals for the first time since when they had Allen Iverson, Aaron McKie, and Dikembe Mutombo in 2001. That team lost to the Lakers in the NBA Finals.

Washington cemented the final playoff berth with a   142-117 Play-In tourney pasting of the Indiana Pacers.

So now that the first-round schedule is set, let’s examine the matchup.

The teams combined for 220, 228, and 277 in their three regular-season games, swept by the Sixers. This merits serious over-under considerations.

There were two tight games and one blowout.

The Sixers opened the season with a taut 113-107 triumph.

In the most exciting game of the series, the Sixers captured a shootout, 141-136. NBA MVP finalist Joel Embiid had 38 points and Seth Curry notched 28 for Philadelphia.

But what happened on the other side of the ball?

Bradley Beal went off with 60 points for Washington. And Russell Westbrook just missed a triple-double,  20 points, 12 assists, 8 rebounds.

Beal’s 60-point effort was tied with Jayson Tatum of the Celtics for the second, not first,  top-scoring honors (single game) in the NBA this season. The honor went to league scoring leader Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors, with 62.

Looking at the lone rout in which Philadelphia cruised to a 127-101 victory in March. Big difference? Beal only had 19 and Westbrook had 25.

For the Sixers, Embiid notched 23 while Shake Milton and Furkan Korkmaz tallied 18 apiece.

The Sixers are well-rounded, although Embiid is a player they can’t do without.

The Wizards rely on two ultra-stars

Consider Beal and Westbrook for specialized props, triple-doubles, etc.

Beal is the real deal

The talented guard-forward propelled Washington from well off the playoff picture at the All-Star break to the postseason.

Beal tabbed a 31.3 scoring average, second in the league to Curry, 32.

Russell Westbrook led the league in assists with more than 11 per game and is a born playmaker.

Against Indiana Thursday night, his triple-double prop line at William Hill was -400.  Westbrook is a great player to admire, but it’s not easy to cash in on that.

Westbrook averaged a triple-double for the season. That was 21.8 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 11.2 assists.

Westbrook is the all-time king of triple-doubles, at 182. He must be on his game for the Wizards to have any chance.

76ers-Wizards numbers differential

So where is the statistical smoking gun?

Washington averages 116.6 points per game, third in the league, versus the Sixers at 113.6

Washington averages 45.2 rebounds per game, the Sixers 45.1 Call it even.

Some difference shows up with steals. The Sixers led the league along with the Memphis Grizzlies, 9.1.

Washington is down at the pack a little, but still at 7.3.

So where is it? Defense.

The Sixers allowed 109 points per game, Washington 120. That’s significant.

Points differential per game brings it out further.

The Sixers were +5.5 for the season.

Washington was -1.8.

Put them together and the Sixers would be 7.3 points better than the Wizards. And two results, five and six-point wins by the Sixers, were in that range.

Looking at the other NBA Playoff series

DraftKings and FanDuel Sportsbook both zero in on five games for the Brooklyn-Boston series. But it can be bet a couple of different ways.

At DraftKings, under 5.5 games pays -167. The over is +130.

At Fan Duel, the series to go five games exactly is the shortest payout, +196. Going exactly six is +310.

That over 5.5 games bet returns +130 at DraftKings because it doesn’t require the bettor to nail the exact game total.  It can be six or seven and still pay.

The Knicks and Hawks will be entertaining. It would not be surprising to see each team win a road game.

Here’s a really fun one, the Game 1 and series parlay at DraftKings.

Big money if a team loses the first game and then wins the series. It’s possible in this type of matchup.

Knicks win Game One and the series is +165.

Hawks are +210 for the same thing.

Knicks win Game One, Hawks win the series is +330.

Hawks win Game One, Knicks win series is +500.

What about the defending champs?

If you like betting the Western Conference, the defending champion Lakers are -167 against the Phoenix Suns, despite being the seventh seed and a narrow play-in game survivor. The Suns are +130 despite winning nine games more than the Lakers.

The betting odds reflect the Lakers being at full health. Will they be?

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DraftKings Sportsbook Pulling Out Hammer The Over From Promo Toolbox For NBA Playoffs

It doesn’t involve the 76ers, Nets, or Knicks, but DraftKings Sportsbook is rolling out its popular Hammer the Over promo for NBA Playoffs.

The DraftKings Sportsbook Hammer the Over promotion has returned and leads to the weekend’s  Los Angeles ClippersDallas Mavericks NBA playoff opener.

It’s a $25 gift wrapped in a group activity for New Jersey online gamblers and beyond. The offer extends to Pennsylvania, Michigan, Virginia, and several other markets, too.

Make the maximum wager of $25 before Saturday night’s Game 1 and you’ll have $25 more.

 

 

Why Hammer the Over promo is a gimme

DraftKings rolled out the NBA betting promo Monday afternoon, leaving bettors nearly a week o adjust the line.

Every 1,500 bettors hammer the real over-under point total of the game down by one point. It may start around 220, but DraftKings gamblers throughout the country will hammer that total into guaranteed victory territory, probably even zero, well before the game.

For reference purposes, the pomo line was already down to 117 points by mid-Tuesday afternoon. And in three regular-season meetings, the Clippers and Mavericks averaged combined to score nearly 200 points per game.

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How to take advantage of Hammer the Over promo

New users will need to create a DraftKings account and make an initial deposit to cover the wager.

New and existing customers simply need to find the Hammer the Over promo. Place a bet on the special Mavericks vs. Clippers (Game 1) to cover the Hammer the Over total points promo market. Original Price: -10000. Boosted Price: +100.

You must select the boost in your bet slip before placing the bet. Boosted odds bet must be placed on an individual bet slip. Max bet is $25. One qualifying wager per user.

The boost expires at tipoff of Game 1. The offer excludes live bets, parlays, cash outs, free and voided bets,  and odds boosts.

The Hammer the Over special will settle as a winner if the points Total in the game exceeds the final promotional points total. Or in other words, when the game happens.

Talk about one of the more creative ways to give people $25.

Building sports betting community spirit

New Jersey gamblers have allies in every state where sports betting is legal, literally cutting the number down to size. Every bettor gains the same over-under number at game time.

DraftKings bettors can even track their imminent payout, tick by tick, throughout the week.

Now that the total is well below 175 points, it will be fun to watch, like the ball dropping in New York’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve.  Just as the New Year is inevitable, so is this triumph.

More fun can come from having your own imaginary pool about when it hits zero. Or conducting a competition with your friends. That could inspire a future prop. Predict Zero Hour on Hammer the Over.

This is one of the most popular DraftKings promotions because it does not distinguish between new and frequent users.

It also builds betting anticipation for the game. See an event hammered for several days and there’s a good chance you’ll make an isolated wager upon it.

Some gamblers may put the $25 on a companion bet. Or try some multi-leg parlay they would not have played before. Some will turn Hammer the Over into Parlay the Promo.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been the darlings of these promotions A Valentine’s Day game between them and the Denver Nuggets received a prop drop all the way to zero. The first bucket made everyone a winner.

But the defending NBA champs were not available for this promotion. They are stuck in the Play-in-Tournament and must hammer out a victory to officially reach the first round of the postseason. They face the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday (10 p.m. tip).

The Lakers have an uncertain immediate future.

Hammer the Over bettors do not.

In the parlance of Hammer Time and in deference to rapper MC Hammer, You Can Touch This. It’s Too Legit to Skip.  And it may yield Fists Pumps and a Bump.