The Biggest NBA Point-Spread Upsets Since 1995: Nets Set All-Time Mark


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Welcome to the club, Brooklyn.

In fact, welcome to the pinnacle.

The Brooklyn Nets shocked the Milwaukee Bucks 119-116 on Tuesday afternoon, earning themselves the biggest NBA upset since at least 1995.

The Nets closed at 18.5 or +19 depending on the book with almost their entire team injured or not in Orlando. They topped a Bucks team that has been elite by every measure this season but has little reason to push itself the remainder of the NBA bubble regular season.

Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot — seriously — led the Nets in scoring with 26 points.

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Using data from our Bet Labs database and Killer Sports, we’ve compiled the 24 biggest point spread upsets in the NBA since at least 1995, our first year of having reliable data.

Though the Nets cashed at more than 15-1 on the moneyline, it’s unreliable to use that as the measure of biggest upsets because books have much different ways of setting moneylines on these massive spreads.

Biggest NBA Upsets Since 1995

Year Teams (Winner in Bold) Spread
2020 Nets-Bucks +18.5
1997 Nuggets-Wizards +17
2015 Lakers-Warriors +17
2016 Celtics-Cavaliers +16.5
2008 Warriors-Jazz +16
2018 Suns-Warriors +16
2001 Nuggets-Lakers +15.5
2002 Nuggets-Trailblazers +15.5
2003 Hawks-Mavericks +15.5
2012 Suns-Spurs +15.5
2015 Timberwolves-Warriors +15.5
1995 Grizzlies-Trailblazers +15
1995 Timberwolves-Jazz +15
2001 Bulls-Lakers +15
2001 Nuggets-Timberwolves +15
2004 Hawks-Pistons +15
2009 Kings-Jazz +15
2011 Wizards-Trailblazers +15
2019 Warriors-Nuggets +15
1997 Mavericks-Supersonics +14.5
2000 Grizzlies-Trailblazers +14.5
2001 Cavaliers-Timberwolves +14.5
2010 Raptors-Thunder +14.5
2013 Cavaliers-Thunder +14.5
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