Boston Celtics Survive as NBA’s Most Popular Remaining Future Book Bet


Usually the champagne is uncorked at the end of the NBA Finals. But when the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks and returning Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns both pulled out of the playoffs on Sunday, oddsmakers at the nation’s top sportsbooks let the bubble flow.

The two most popular remaining gamblers are out.

“We were toasting,” said Jay Kornegay, vice president of Las Vegas SuperBook.

The Bucks, despite a dominant run from star striker Giannis Antetokounmpo, lost to the Boston Celtics, 109-81, in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

And the Suns also lost a 3-2 lead in the series, albeit much more graphically, beating the Dallas Mavericks 123-90 at Phoenix’s Footprint Center on Sunday.

At Tipico Sportsbook, the Suns opened the series as the +220 favorite to win an NBA title after setting a new franchise record for regular season wins (64), while the Bucks were the +450 second-choice.

In bets dating back to the start of the off-season in some cases, the Bucks carried 30% of Tipico’s NBA championship liability, and the Suns accounted for 9% of the future book’s total after another season favorite, the Brooklyn Nets, previously lost.

“Eliminating the Suns was a great result for us from (the) futures standpoint,” said WynnBET spokesman Jake Meister. “They had 19.5% of our tickets and 21.9% of us to win the championship.”

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The Celtics are now rising to WynnBET’s biggest liability, with just 8% of the tickets and 7.8% of future bets on them. In Tipico, the Celtics are a +1.5 point underdog on Tuesday when they face the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Despite the stores’ success going forward, some want to pursue the equivalent of a series sweep.

“(We) need Boston,” said Jay Rood of Bally’s Interactive. “Big Heat fans in this series.”

Tipico’s staff tells. Of the remaining teams, the Golden State Warriors are Tipico’s +135 favorites to win the title, followed by Boston (+200), Miami (+425) and Dallas (+600).

“Obviously it was good for the book with (the Bucks and Suns) releasing and releasing us from our highest liability, but since the Celtics are in the bigger market we still expect a big grab with them,” said the spokesperson for Tipico. said Sunny Gupta.

Likewise, while BetMGM cashed in massively on the Bucks’ departure, they remain alert to their new No. 1 liability, the Warriors. Golden State is chasing its fourth crown during the Stephen Curry-Klay Thompson-Draymond Green era, opening as a -5.5 favorite in Wednesday’s Western Conference Finals Game 1 against the Mavericks.

FanDuel Sportsbook has a sportsbook built into Phoenix’s Footprint Center, so it’s no surprise that the Suns were the most-betting future-book team.

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Despite the departure of the Suns, FanDuel’s Kevin Hennessy said there was no great joy among the FanDuel staff.

“We look at the company holistically. While[the Suns]were a popular choice, it’s now less of a stock of games that we can experience with fans at our retail location,” Hennessy said. “We love when states we operate in have teams with long runs in the play- offs.

“It’s good for business.”

Instead, none of the four remaining teams play in a state that offers legalized online sports betting.

So Tipico and others play out their proposals, such as the “Luka Special,” a parlay offering that would raise the odds from +300 to +450 if Dallas point guard Luka Dončić produces a Game 1 triple-double against the Warriors.

In Game 7 vs. the Suns, Dončić scored 35 points with 10 rebounds and four assists.

“We find it much more attractive to build promotional campaigns like this around the big players,” Tipico’s Gupta said.

Amid the eruption of future losses that gamblers absorbed on Sunday, cashing in on such an offer may be the only way to recover.

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