Vegas Books Win Big With Highest NBA Total Since 2010
The Golden State Warriors got their revenge for a double overtime loss to the Rockets at Oracle Arena on Dec. 1 when they handed Houston a 125-108 defeat at Toyota Center Friday night.
Houston entered the game leading the NBA with 667 3-pointers for the season, but Golden State defended the perimeter well and the Rockets shot just 7-of-35 (20%) behind the arc. All Star guard James Harden went 0-for-5 from 3-point range and Eric Gordon, who entered the game leading the NBA with 160 3s, missed all his seven attempts.
The big story for this contest was however the total, which opened at 236.5 points, which in itself would have been a huge number and the highest total since 2010. That did however not scare off all bettors as the books closed at an even higher 242 points, indicating some big money coming in on the over.
The bookmakers might have fattened their wallets as the game finished with a total of 233 points, but for once it wasn’t the betting public that paid the price as close to 65 percent of the tickets were backing the under.
That means that the “sharp money” was taking the hit this time around, and maybe they’ll think twice about betting over with such an inflated number.
It might be a long time before we see another total of this magnitude. Houston and Golden State will do battle twice in a four-day span in late March, and we could see huge numbers posted for the total for those games as well.