NBA Playoff Roundup: Rockets-Thunder Trends, Biggest Bets for Tonight

A Nevada bettor cashed the largest 2019-20 NBA playoff wager at William Hill last night, taking home a total payout of $1,050,000 after winning their $550,000 bet on Nuggets -110 moneyline.

Following Denver’s thrilling Game 7 victory over Utah is another win-or-go-home contest tonight. The Rockets are 5.5-point favorites (-220 ML) against the Thunder (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

“This has been a great, competitive series. It’s had everything,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading for William Hill US. “You have Chris Paul vs. James Harden, Russell Westbrook’s return and big back-and-forth swings. It’s been a very entertaining series, and I expect Game 7 to be a nail-biter as well.”

The underdog has the edge in total number of tickets, as Oklahoma City has captured 53% of them. Houston, though, has generated 76% of the total dollars wagered for this Game 7 matchup. That includes one Nevada bettor who put $4,400 on Rockets -5 for a total potential payout of $8,400, which is the largest spread wager thus far for tonight’s action.

Meanwhile, the under for Rockets-Thunder has received 59% of the total number of tickets and 56% of the total dollars wagered, as the total has shifted from 221 to its current number of 217.

In the early showdown tonight (6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT), the Bucks will look to avenge a Game 1 loss to the Heat. Milwaukee is a 5.5-point favorite (-230 ML), while the total sits at 222.

One Iowa bettor is confident that Milwaukee will bounce back, placing $50,000 on Bucks -210 ML for a total potential payout of $73,809.50.

A New Jersey bettor, however, thinks the underdogs are due for a big night. A $2,000 wager was placed on a moneyline parlay of Thunder +175 and Heat +190 for a total potential payout of $15,950.

The Bucks now have the third-lowest odds to win the NBA title at +400, trailing the Lakers and Clippers at +225 apiece. But another Eastern Conference team is closing in on the Bucks, as the Celtics are all the way down to +500.

“People are falling in love with the Celtics,” Bogdanovich said. “They backed them in Game 1, went back to the well in Game 2. We’re in pretty good shape with the Celtics for title futures, so their current price is a touch higher than it could be.”

Check out William Hill’s odds for both NBA playoff games tonight below.

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