Tanking is a dirty word in the NBA. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was fined $600,000 by the league for talking about tanking last week. Commissioner Adam Silver wants to disincentive tanking and is considering draft lottery reform as well as expanding the playoffs. However, until something changes “losing is our best option”, as Cuban said, and that applies to a record number of teams this season.
There are currently eight franchises on pace to win fewer than 30 games. That has never happened in a full 82-game NBA season. With many experts predicting a loaded NBA draft, it is a race to the bottom. Instead of trying to collect wins, teams want ping pong balls.
How can bettors profit from tanking in the NBA? We’ve got a trend with a 601-game sample, and two games that match on Wednesday. Let’s dive in.