It turns out that a thorough dismantling of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the rest of the Lakers is enough to make bettors take you seriously.
On Saturday, the Toronto Raptors dominated the Lakers, 107-92, thanks in large part to Kyle Lowry’s game-high 33 points.
It was a tight game at half, one the Lakers led, 44-41, but the Raptors’ domination of LA in the second half has bettors running to back them to win it all.
In the past 24 hours, 29.67% of all ‘NBA Championship Winner’ wagers have come in on the Raptors, almost twice as many as any other team.
Toronto’s current best odds to win the title sit at +2400, implying a 4% probability they get their second ring in as many years.
While Toronto’s lockdown performance Saturday was enough to convince bettors of their chances, another team’s complete defensive ineptitude wasn’t able to scare people off.
The Philadelphia 76ers (+2700), who never even considered covering TJ Warren as he torched them for a career-high 53 points, have been backed by 15.38% of bettors in the past 24 hours, good for second most. This comes despite their 127-121 loss to a shorthanded Indiana team.
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