It largely slipped under the radar, but there were some of the biggest covers for bettors in the NBA over the past week
Two of the three most lopsided covered spreads of the season – and three of the biggest seven covers this campaign - happened in the past seven days (March 8-15).
The Sacramento Kings had the biggest cover of the week and second biggest in the NBA this year on Wednesday when they obliterated the Chicago Bulls 121-79 as 3.5-point underdogs. The 45.5-point cover was second on the season only to Houston’s 48.5-point cover against Utah on Jan. 28 (125-80 as a 3.5-point underdog).
The third biggest cover of the year came last Friday (March 8) when the Portland Blazers trampled Sacramento 136-106 as 11.5-point road dogs.
These games make for some convincing results for bettors, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the same for sportsbooks.
“Nothing big either way on these games,” Jay Rood, Vice President of Race & Sports at MGM properties, told Covers in regards to money won. “If the wise guys thought that these games would produce that kind of cover they would have run the number harder than the 3.5 (on the Sacramento game).”
The biggest cover on a total this season came Nov. 12 when the Utah Jazz and Toronto Raptors went to triple overtime and combined for 273 points. That game went over the total by 80.5 points.
The biggest cover on a total in game that didn’t go to overtime came on Dec. 19 when Golden State traveled to Sacramento. They combined for 258 points to go over the number by 57.