Thunder’s season collapse would rank high among NBA bad beats

The ultimate days of the NBA common season are upon us, and the Oklahoma City Thunder have two video games left to resolve their win complete.

For those that are unaware, Oklahoma City entered the season with a win complete of twenty-two.5 at SuperBook Sports. After a victory at house March 31 towards the Toronto Raptors, the Thunder wanted simply three wins over their ultimate 25 video games to hit the Over. Lo and behold, OKC (21-49) has misplaced 22 of its previous 23, and now must beat the Jazz on Friday and Clippers on Sunday to money that ticket.

As the losses stored coming, I requested: Is this the worst beat on a win complete that we now have ever seen within the NBA? Using the database, I went again so far as the 1993-94 season win totals, and I can unequivocally conclude that shedding this Thunder guess would be the worst NBA win-total beat on document.

However, it has not occurred but. So I current the NBA’s reigning worst win-total beats.

1. 2016-17 Warriors (Over 66.5)

We begin with some current historical past. The dominant Warriors had one of many highest NBA win totals we now have seen within the 2016-17 season. However, Under bettors have been feeling themselves after Golden State misplaced a highway sport to San Antonio, dropping them to 52-14. The Warriors have been simply two losses from clinching the Under 66.5 win complete with 16 video games left, however this was no strange group. Golden State ripped off a 14-game profitable streak after the loss and ended the season with a 15-1 document to go Over its win complete by a half-game.

2. 2017-18 Knicks (Under 30.5)

The factor we are likely to neglect about bad beats is that they’re fantastic wins for some, and that was the case right here for VSiN senior editor Matt Youmans. Youmans had guess the Knicks Under their season win complete of 30.5 however was watching a probable loser. New York was not a very good group by any stretch, however it was 23-28 after a win Jan. 30 over Brooklyn. However, three nights later, Kristaps Porzingis tore his ACL on a dunk try, and every part went south from there. After beating the Nets, the Knicks ended the season with a 6-25 document over the ultimate 31 video games. Over bettors who wanted simply eight wins have been holding kindling by season’s finish, and Youmans was shopping for a couple of additional Portillo’s scorching canine.

3. 1993-94 76ers (Under 30.5)

Some of those win complete beats will turn into much less anecdotal as a result of they have been barely earlier than my time. When the Philadelphia 76ers have been blowing this win complete, I used to be my son’s age and never watching them drop an extra time sport to Muggsy Bogues and the Hornets. However, I don’t want to recollect to see what precisely transpired with this group. Before that loss to Charlotte, the 76ers truly beat Bogues and the bugs Feb. 7 for his or her twentieth win of the season. Philadelphia wanted simply 11 wins over the ultimate 36 contests to surpass its 30.5 win complete, however the Sixers should not on this listing for attaining that purpose. The 76ers completed the season 5-31, and that features a brutal 1-24 stretch.

4. 2012-13 Trail Blazers (Under 34.5)

Some groups on this listing should not excellent, so to see them blow win totals over the ultimate few video games of a season shouldn’t be shocking. But this Portland group was fairly common, so the kind of collapse this group suffered to finish the 2012-13 season was a bit surprising. Portland beat Atlanta on March 23 for its thirty third win, and with 13 video games left, Over bettors wanted simply two extra wins. Those wins didn’t come. In reality, not a single win got here for the remainder of the season as Portland completed Damian Lillard’s rookie marketing campaign on a 13-game shedding streak.

5. 2010-11 Nets (Under 24.5)

This one is fairly powerful, too, however with a projected win complete of 24.5, the Nets weren’t going to be any good to start with. Still, Over bettors had some actual hope after a win March 14 towards Boston gave New Jersey its twenty second win. Just three wins over the past 17 contests separated the Nets from hitting the Over on their win complete, however newly acquired Deron Williams performed simply six video games the remainder of the best way and the group completed 2-15 to remain Under by a half-game.

6. 2003-04 Clippers (Under 30.5)

These days are when my Clippers fandom actually took off. Sure, Corey Maggette and Elton Brand by no means received a lot, however Maggette was a deal with to look at. If solely he may have finished extra for Over bettors within the 2003-04 season. Maggette, Brand and Quentin Richardson mixed for 82 factors in a win over Phoenix on March 16 to offer Los Angeles its twenty seventh win. The Clippers wanted simply 4 wins over the ultimate 15 video games for Over bettors to money, however that didn’t occur. Los Angeles not solely went 1-14 within the ultimate 15 video games, it misplaced these 14 video games by a median of 13.0 factors.

7. 2001-02 Warriors (Under 23.5)

This is one other occasion when a bad group simply couldn’t do a very good factor for a bettor. Golden State grabbed its seventeenth win March 8 towards Houston. With 23 video games left, certainly even a bad group just like the Warriors may handle a measly seven wins earlier than the season ended. But they didn’t. Golden State went 4-19 in these 23 video games as a substitute and keep Under its win complete by three victories.

Jonathan Von Tobel analyzes the NBA for, The Sports Betting Network.

8. 1996-97 Grizzlies (Under 18.5)

Another bad group makes this listing, so I would not quibble with anybody who needs to place this on the backside. The Grizzlies have been in Vancouver was in simply their second yr of existence and Bryant Reeves was their second-best participant. However, when bettors have been sitting on Over 18.5 wins with 11 victories of their pocket and 28 video games to play, this qualifies as a bad beat. The Grizzlies ended the season on a 3-25 slide to complete 5 video games beneath their win complete.

9. 2004-05 Rockets (Over 50.5)

There is a similarity for the ultimate two groups on this listing, however Houston will get the nod over Phoenix due to the best way this went down. Houston misplaced its thirty first sport with simply seven left to play. Under bettors wanted only one extra loss to money, however that by no means got here. The Rockets closed the season on a 7-0 profitable streak that put them Over by a half-game. The purpose they rank forward of Phoenix is because of one among their seven victories. Houston beat Phoenix 98-97 after Steve Nash missed a 16-footer and Steven Hunter whiffed on a put-back dunk on that missed shot. C’mon, man!

10. 1993-94 Suns (Over 55.5)

Same deal as Houston. The Suns suffered their twenty sixth loss with seven video games remaining. Under bettors wanted a single loss earlier than the marketing campaign ended, however it by no means got here as Phoenix ended the season on a seven-game profitable streak. No wacky wins for the Suns, however a stable 50-win group getting it finished on the finish of the season.

Honorable Mention: 2019-20 Warriors, Grizzlies and Thunder

Imagine betting a win complete and having the group clinch the choice on that win complete, solely to obtain a refund as a substitute of a profitable ticket. That is what occurred at most retailers in final season’s pandemic-shortened season. It doesn’t go down as a loss, however these three groups had clinched selections on their win totals effectively earlier than the season ended. But as a result of the minimal variety of video games was not performed, it goes down as a scratch. Rough.

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