Massive bet placed on 76ers to make playoffs

ByDavid Purdum ESPN logo
Thursday, August 1, 2019

In the weeks leading up to the NBA season last October, a bettor at the SuperBook at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas placed a $67,000 wager on the Golden State Warriors to make the playoffs at minus-10,000 odds.

The bettor was rewarded with a $670 profit when the Warriors reached the postseason.

The same bettor was back at the SuperBook on Wednesday and this time played a little Philly Special.

According to Jeff Sherman, vice president of risk for the SuperBook, the anonymous bettor placed a $100,500 bet on the Philadelphia 76ers to make the playoffs at minus-5,000 odds Wednesday. If the 76ers reach the postseason, the bettor will win a net $2,010.

Sherman confirmed to ESPN that the Sixers bet was placed by the same customer who wagered on the Warriors last year. The customer will have to wait a little more than nine months for the wager to be graded.

The bettor returned to the SuperBook on Thursday and placed another unique wager, risking $10,000 on the Bucks to reach the postseason at -10,000 odds, according to Westgate sportsbook director John Murray. If Milwaukee reaches the playoffs, the bettor will net a $100 profit.

Philadelphia addedAl Horford and Josh Richardson in the offseason and traded away Jimmy Butler. The 76ers, along with the Bucks, are considered the favorites to win the Eastern Conference. At the SuperBook, the Bucks are plus-125 to win the Eastern Conference, followed closely by the 76ers at plus-150.

The SuperBook has the over/under on Philadelphia's regular-season wins pegged at 55.5. The Bucks at 58.5 are the only team with a higher season-win total at the SuperBook.

The 76ers went 51-31 last season and earned the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. They reached the conference semifinals before being eliminated by the eventual champion Toronto Raptors in seven games.

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