If you bet on underdogs in the NBA on Monday night, your bankroll grew exponentially. There were nine games on the schedule, and eight teams that were at least a 5-point underdog won outright. The only favorite to win and cover was San Antonio at -8.5 winning 112-86 at terrible Brooklyn.
"It was easily the best day of the NBA season for our book," said Scott Cooley, spokesman for Bookmaker (SBR rating A+): "Three extremely public teams (Warriors, Cavaliers, Rockets) all lost outright so that is almost always going to put us in the black. However, it was not a historic evening as I can recall some days when we've had 15 matchups and 12 or 13 of the dogs covered."
Below is a recap of all the underdogs that won outright as well as what the spreads for each game were. The numbers cited are based on the closing lines at the NBA betting odds grid.
Heat 105, Warriors 102
Miami was +11.5 and +550 on moneyline. Dion Waiters hit the winning 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left for the Heat. Golden State had won seven straight games.
Pelicans 124, Cavaliers 122
New Orleans +10 and +425 on ML. The Pelicans pulled the stunner playing without All-Star Anthony Davis and despite the fact the Cavs' Kyrie Irving had 49 points and LeBron James a triple-double.
Clippers 115, Hawks 105
Without All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, Los Angeles was +7.5 and +270 on ML.
Kings 109, Pistons 104
Sacramento +7 and +250 on ML. Sacramento has just two wins in its past 10 games and both are against Detroit.
Wizards 109, Hornets 99
Washington was +6 and +210 on ML. Charlotte had won nine of its past 10 home games.
Knicks 109, Pacers 103
New York +5.5 and +190 on ML. The Knicks blew a 17-point lead, but Carmelo Anthony rescued them late. It ended New York's nine-game losing streak at the Pacers.
Bucks 127, Rockets 124
Milwaukee +5 and +185 on ML. Milwaukee ended a five-game winning streak behind 31 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo. James Harden had 11 turnovers for the Rockets.
Thunder 97, Jazz 95
Oklahoma City +5 and +175 on ML. Russell Westbrook hit the winning jumper with 1.6 seconds left and finished with 38 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his 22nd triple-double of the season and No. 59 for his career, tying Larry Bird for fifth on the career list.