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Garrett Temple
AP
Odds and Ends

19-point Underdog Nets Upset the Bucks

by Tim Murray
Updated On: August 4, 2020, 5:15 pm ET

Coming off a loss to the Houston Rockets on Sunday night, the Milwaukee Bucks were expected to destroy the Brooklyn Nets. The Bucks went off as a 19-point favorite against the Nets, the largest spread of the NBA season. Brooklyn, who was without Kyrie Irving, Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert, DeAndre Jordan, and Taurean Prince, stunned the favorites in the Eastern Conference, 119-116.

The Nets triumph was the biggest upset in the NBA in 27 years. Using Rotoworld’s “Edge Finder,” the last team to win outright as a 18.5-point underdog or larger was the Dallas Mavericks. As a 19.5-point underdog on April 6, 1993, the Mavericks defeated the Seattle Supersonics, 109-107.

Editor's Note: Head to Rotoworld.com/Edge for free access to the BET tier through Sept. 28.

A handful of bettors took a shot at the Nets winning outright on Tuesday afternoon. Sportsbooks varied on moneyline prices but all were a solid payday. 

It is worth noting that no Bucks started played over 20 minutes on Tuesday afternoon. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton only played 16 minutes.

Another bet that came home courtesy of the Bucks loss to the Nets was the under on Milwaukee wins at the restart. The over/under for wins was set at 6.5 at DraftKings Sportsbook with the juice at -250 on the under. In my article prior to the restart I said, “Yes, the juice is high at -250 but I would be shocked if Milwaukee won seven or eight games in Orlando. The Bucks have more important plans, like winning the franchise’s first championship since 1971.”

Tim Murray

Tim Murray is the co-host of The Daily Line. Follow him on Twitter @1TimMurray.