The NBA return is now weeks rather than months away, and as a result the betting markets for the first round of games have been receiving increased attention from sports gamblers.
Orlando Magic at Brooklyn Nets is proving to be a particularly popular matchup, with the betting breakdown indicating that gamblers are expecting big things from the Nets - even without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
The spread market sees Orlando giving six points to the Brooklyn; too generous of a margin it seems, given that 67% of bets have been in favor of the Nets compared to just 33% for the Magic.
In fact, the line of six is the second largest across all of the restart fixtures; only the 7.5 being given by the Phoenix Suns to the Washington Wizards is greater.
Oddschecker spokesperson Pete Watt: “The Nets received a spate of bets to win the NBA during the early part of lockdown as there was plenty of talk that KD and Kyrie would be fit and raring to go for the restart.”
“It’s been known for a while that they would not be in the bubble in Orlando, but that hasn’t stopped bettors from thinking the Nets will have enough to be within six points at the final buzzer.”