BetMGM NBA Playoffs Betting Insight: ALL the Money on Mavs After Game 1 Loss

The first set of NBA Playoff games was a whirlwind of blowouts and a handful of competitive games. It wasn’t the most intriguing weekend of hoops, but by golly has it shifted some odds. BetMGM has released some of their betting data from Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs and what’s on tap for all the Game 2’s so let’s go over BetMGM’s NBA Playoffs betting insight and see what conclusions we can draw.

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BetMGM NBA Playoffs Betting Insight: NBA Odds Movement

Source: John Ewing of BetMGM

One thing that’s abundantly clear is bettors are drawing a lot of conclusions for Game 2’s based on what happened in each Game 1. For example, the Cavaliers were -190 to win Game 1, but since they held serve at home, their side is getting hammered for Game 2 in Cleveland and pushing their moneyline to -400. It’s also notable for that series that the Magic are seeing slightly more bets, but significantly more money is coming in on Cleveland.

It’s a similar but also opposite story from the most surprising Game 1 result, the Clippers blowing out Dallas. The Mavericks are +125 dogs after being road favorites in Game 1, but that is resulting in 73% of bets and 86% of money coming in on Dallas. Bucks-Pacers and Timberwolves-Suns are largely the same; the winners of Game 1 have the odds moving their way, but bets and handle are going to the underdogs.

On the other hand, there are three series that have seen the odds move a ton towards the higher seed/winner of Game 1, and those teams are also getting the overwhelming majority of the action. Nuggets-Lakers, Knicks-76ers and Thunder-Pelicans were all competitive Game 1’s, but the favorite one all three matchups. So now Denver is -700 for Game 2, New York is -275 and Oklahoma City is a staggering -1200. Despite that, those three teams are getting 89%, 91% and 88% of the money, respectively. The public is not seeing value in the dogs for Game 2 despite them all hanging with the higher seeds.

Then there is Celtics-Heat — BetMGM is giving Miami the Rodney Dangerfield treatment. The Celtics Game 2 moneyline is off the board after they easily handled the Heat in Game 1, and Miami is +4000 for that game. As such, the Heat are getting most of the bets and the money coming their way since bettors don’t have much of a choice otherwise.

All in all, it was quite the reactionary odds movement across the board.

Sam Smith is a writer and editor with Stokastic and OddsShopper. He has been immersed in the world of professional sports data since 2015, while also writing extensively on the NFL for a multitude of blogs and websites. With Stokastic, Sam looks to blend his sports and editorial expertise with Stokastic's data to bring you the best fantasy information possible.

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