At Caesars, Vast Majority Of Public Betting Against Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets In Round 1

Written By Mike Mazzeo on April 13, 2022
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Kevin Durant might be the best player in the league, but the vast majority of the public is betting against him in the first round of the NBA playoffs. 

As of Wednesday morning, 96% of all tickets and 98% of all money sided with the Boston Celtics to win their first-round NBA playoff series against KD’s Brooklyn Nets, according to Caesars Sportsbook. 

Nets-Celtics promises to be ‘brilliant’ matchup in NBA playoffs

Boston, the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, opened as a +115 underdog. But by Wednesday afternoon, as seen at many New York online sportsbooks, the Celtics shifted to -145 favorites, with No. 7 Brooklyn coming in as a +125 dog. 

“Historically 8 vs. 1 and 7 vs. 2 matchups would be mismatches on paper, however this year we have some brilliant first-round matchups,” Caesars Sportsbook VP of Trading Craig Mucklow said. “Given all of Brooklyn’s injuries and missing player time, you don’t often get a team of their caliber lining up as the No. 7 seed. That’s what caused such a wild difference of opinion. This might not even end up to be the biggest discrepancy, a Warriors and Jazz series could figure to be more volatile.” 

SportsbookOdds to win series
BetMGM Sportsbook NYCeltics -140, Nets +115
Caesars Sportsbook NYCeltics -145, Nets +125
DraftKings Sportsbook NYCeltics -130, Nets +110
FanDuel Sportsbook NYCeltics -142, Nets +120

At Caesars New York, the Nets (+750) have the third-best odds of winning the title, behind only the Phoenix Suns (+270) and the Milwaukee Bucks (+475). The Celtics (+900) are tied with the Golden State Warriors in fourth. Brooklyn (+380) is also just behind Milwaukee (+220) to emerge out of the Eastern Conference. 

How Brooklyn Nets fair heading into NBA playoffs

Despite being title favorites coming into the season, the Nets needed to defeat the Cavaliers 115-108 in the play-in game to secure the No. 7 seed. Brooklyn led by as much as 22 in the third quarter before failing to cover the 9.5-point spread. 

The KD-Kyrie Irving duo is as good as it gets in terms of talent. But the team has been inconsistent when its stars go to the bench for a rest. And defensively, it will be a daunting challenge for the Nets to defend superstar Jayson Tatum. The Celtics, though, are missing elite rim protector Robert Williams (knee). 

“Doing a little bit more every day. … We’re still preparing for a series without him,” Boston coach Ime Udoka said. 

Meanwhile, Ben Simmons (back) reportedly could return for the Nets later in the series. Game 1 is April 17 in Boston, with Game 3 not happening until April 23. 

Brooklyn returns to practice on Thursday. 

KD will likely have a good retort on the public NBA betting against him.

Photo by AP / Winslow Townson
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Mike Mazzeo is the Lead Writer for PlayNY, arriving after covering several of New York's professional sports teams in a variety of roles for the past decade. Previously, he served as a beat writer and columnist covering the Brooklyn Nets (ESPN) and New York Yankees (New York Daily News). Mike also covered both the MLB and NBA nationally for Yahoo Sports. In addition, he served as a general assignment reporter for ESPN NewYork.com. He has also had bylines in the New York Times, New York Post, Newsday, Forbes and The Ringer. With PlayNY, Mike brings extensive coverage and unique story angles to what is projected to be one of the biggest and most lucrative online sports betting markets in the country. It's been an arduous and confounding process to get here, but 20 million New Yorkers (many of them die-hards) are now legally able to bet on their favorite sports teams across the state via online and mobile platforms.

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