Perfect Home Record & Quadruple-Double Props Hit the Board: Do We Bite?

Matthew Jordan

Monday, August 28, 2017 3:51 PM UTC

Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 3:51 PM UTC

No team in NBA history has won every single regular-season home game. Could the incredibly good Golden State Warriors (or any other team) do it in 2017-18? Ladbrokes offers a prop, and it would pay off quite nicely.

The NBA record for home wins in any regular season is 40. The 1985-86 Boston Celtics were 40-1. The C’s played at the old Boston Garden back then but also had a few games a year in Hartford. The loss came on Friday, Dec. 6, 1985, against the Portland Trail Blazers, 121-103.

It was just one of those nights for that excellent Celtics team that would win a title. Larry Bird shot just 9-for-26 from the field. Dennis Johnson fouled out in 23 minutes.  Bill Walton played only 18 minutes and turned it over five times. Coach K.J. Jones was ejected for the only time that season. Portland was led by Jerome Kersey and Steve Colter, who each had 22 points off the bench. Sam Bowie, the guy taken one spot ahead of Michael Jordan in 1984, had 18 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks. Future Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler had 19 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Boston would finish 50-1 at home including playoffs, beating Houston in six games in the NBA Finals.

The 2015-16 San Antonio Spurs also were 40-1 at home. That defeat was in the penultimate home game of the regular season, 92-86 to Golden State. It was the Warriors’ 72nd win that season, tying the NBA record set by Jordan’s 1995-96 Bulls (the Dubs would break the mark). Golden State also ended a 33-game skid in San Antonio that dated to 1997. Those Spurs were knocked out in the Western Conference semifinals by Oklahoma City, including dropping two home games.

Ladbrokes offers a yes-only prop on any team going 41-0 home this season and it’s priced at +10000. Realistically, only the Warriors can probably do it – they will be favored in every home game barring injury or resting a few key guys among Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. The Dubs were 36-5 at home last year, losing to the Spurs, Rockets, Grizzlies, Celtics and Jazz. They didn’t lose a home playoff game, going 9-0.

In that 73-victory 2015-16 season, the Warriors were 39-2 at home. Those losses were to the Celtics – snapping Golden State’s NBA-record 54-game home winning streak -- and Timberwolves. Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Warriors own an obscene 114-9 (.927) record in regular-season home games.

At that price, I will roll the dice here on for my NBA picks.

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Another Ladbrokes prop asks whether any player in 2017-18 will record a quadruple-double (+4000). Of course, Russell Westbrook set the NBA single-season record with 42 triple-doubles last year but never reached the quad (some combination of points, blocks, rebounds, assists & steals).

Only four players have done it in a game, with Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon accomplishing it twice – sort of. On March 3, 1990, the “Dream” had 29 points, 18 rebounds, 11 blocks and 10 assists against the Warriors. Except the NBA went back to look at the tape after the game and took away an assist. So it didn’t count. Just 26 days later, Olajuwon had 18 points, 16 rebounds and 11 blocks against Milwaukee. The other players to do it are Nate Thurmond (Oct. 18, 1974 vs. Atlanta), Alvin Robertson (Feb. 18, 1986 vs. Phoenix) and David Robinson (Feb. 17, 1994 vs. Detroit).

The NBA didn’t keep track of blocks and steals until the 1973-1974 season, so it’s likely that Wilt Chamberlain had a handful (at least) of unofficial quadruple-doubles. Westbrook did have an unwanted quadruple-double last season: On Jan. 13, he had 21 points, 12 assists, 11 rebounds and 10 turnovers against Minnesota.

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