What are the biggest odds for an NBA game all-time? In the modern era (1995 and up), a contest has tipped off with a betting spread of 20 points or more 10 times. News flash: the favorites won all but one by double digits. For the curious, you can find the biggest outright upsets in the NBA here. Read below to see the steepest betting odds ever, including a small game recap for each:
Betting Line: -20
Philadelphia 76ers at Chicago Bulls (-20)
Date: April 12, 1996
Final Score: Bulls 112-82
The Bulls moved to 68-9 after the rout, tying for the second-most wins in NBA history while dually setting a franchise-record. The great Michael Jordan recorded a game-high 23 points and rebound specialist Dennis Rodman pulled down 16 boards. Philly dressed just eight for the matchup, and dropped to 16-62 following defeat.
Seattle Supersonics at Utah Jazz (-20)
Date: March 22, 2008
Final Score: Jazz 115-101
Seattle slipped to 11-straight defeats in the loss and went 5-23 overall in its final 28 games of the 2007-08 season. Carlos Boozer led the way for Utah, registering his 45th double-double with 26 points and 13 rebounds.
Miami Heat at Detroit Pistons (-20)
Date: March 27, 2008
Final Score: Pistons 85-69
The Pistons clinched their fourth consecutive Central Division crown in the blowout win. The Heat entered with the worst record in the NBA (13-59). Rookie reserve point guard Blake Ahearn led Miami with 15 points. The current G-League head coach played a total of 226 minutes in 19 games in three separate professional seasons (2007-2009, 2011-12).
Philadelphia 76ers at Houston Rockets (-20)
Date: March 27. 2014
Final Score: Rockets 120-98
The 76ers tied an NBA record with 26 straight losses following the defeat. Houston’s James Harden recorded a triple-double.
Minnesota Timberwolves at Golden State Warriors (-20)
Date: April 11, 2015
Final Score: Warriors 110-101
The Warriors broke a franchise record with their 37th home victory in the win. Minnesota only had seven players dress, most reserves looking to secure a contract for the next season. Rookie Zach LaVine took advantage, dropping a game-high 37 points.
Betting Line: -21
Philadelphia 76ers at Oklahoma City Thunder (-21)
Date: March 4, 2014
Final Score: Thunder 125-92
Star Russell Westbrook picked up the second quickest triple-double in NBA history in the rout, scoring 13 points, pulling down 10 rebounds, and dishing out 14 assists in just 20 minutes. Philly, meanwhile, shot just 34.0 percent from the floor.
Philadelphia 76ers at San Antonio Spurs (-21)
Date: March 24, 2014
Final Score: Spurs 113-91
The Spurs notched their 14th straight win, while the Sixers slumped to 25 defeats in a row following the outcome. Philly carried six rookies on its abysmal 2014-15 roster.
Brooklyn Nets at Golden State Warriors
Date: February 25, 2017
Final Score: Warriors 112-95
The Warriors clinched a playoff spot for the fifth-consecutive season in the win. It was the first NBA franchise to clinch a postseason birth by February 25th since the 1985-86 Boston Celtics.
Betting Line -21.5
Philadelphia 76ers at Golden State Warriors (-21.5)
Date: March 27, 2016
Final Score: 117-105
Golden State’s Klay Thompson lit up the scoreboard for 40 points, making it the first time in his career to do so in consecutive games; his total numbers of assists during the run: one. “He’s such a ball hog,” teammate Steph Curry jokingly told reporters following the rout.
Betting Line -22.5
Miami Heat at Boston Celtics (-22.5)
Date: March 30, 2008
Final Score: Celtics 88-62
The biggest betting line in modern NBA history belongs to a late-season 2008 clash between the Heat and the Celtics at 22.5 points. Boston held Miami to a record-low 17 field goals (in the shot-clock era) in the lopsided win. “They got D-Leaguers out there, so I think we just handled our business,” forward Paul Pierce said after the win. Pierce wasn’t joking. The Heat fielded five players who had spent time in the developmental league for the contest.