According to multiple veteran Nevada bookmakers (via ESPN), the game was the most heavily betted on NBA game ever.
William Hill’s Nevada sportsbook described it as “massive”, taking in three times more bets and three times the handle on Game 7 than it did on its most heavily bet game during the regular season (Golden State at Oklahoma City, Feb. 27). Game 7 was responsible for 28 percent of all the money bet on the NBA Finals at William Hill.
At the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, the betting handle on Game 7 was a record. In fact, three hours before tipoff, more than a million dollars had already been bet at MGM’s sportsbooks.
Also, six-figure bets, which are normally scarce for the NBA Finals, were reported by multiple books. MGM assistant manager Jeff Stoneback tells ESPN that it took several six-figure bets, some on each team.
“We’ve had more six-figure bets in two days on this game than sometimes we get in the first week or 10 days leading up to the Super Bowl,” Stoneback said.