NBA Corrects Stat Error for Mikal Bridges & Chris Paul Assists; Sportsbook Pays Out Bets
Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Chris Paul, Mikal Bridges, Phoenix Suns
The NBA will correct the error in which Chris Paul was given an assist that should’ve been awarded to Mikal Bridges. This will now give Paul 13 assists in the game and Bridges six.
As a result, FanDuel has paid out winning bets following the stat change.
“We have adjusted the online settlement on Bridges prop wagers at the FanDuel Sportsbook, so any potential winners will now be settled as winners,” a spokesperson from the book told The Action Network.
This is significant news as most sportsbooks will not reverse rulings once made, regardless of stat corrections.
Chris Paul had plenty of help from his teammates on his way to 14 assists when the Phoenix Suns beat the Utah Jazz on Monday. It appears he received one from the official scorer, too.
Paul turned in 27 points, 14 assists and 9 rebounds in a 115-109 win over the Jazz, but it’s an apparent mistake in official scoring that has sports bettors talking.
According to official play-by-play data provided by the NBA, Paul’s third assist of the night came on a score by Devin Booker with 8:51 remaining in the first quarter.
The problem is video clearly shows that’s a mistake.
Paul pushes the ball up the floor before passing to Booker at the free throw line. Booker kicks out to Mikal Bridges before cutting to the top of the key to receive the pass — from Bridges. Booker makes an immediate move to the basket for a score.
According to the NBA, “an assist is credited to the player tossing the last pass leading directly to a made field goal, but only if the player scoring the goal demonstrates an immediate reaction toward the basket after receiving the pass.”
By that definition, the assist belongs to Bridges.
A minor detail to some, it was a big decision in the player prop market. Specifically, Same Game Parlays.
Bridges’ assist over/under was 2.5 for the game (+100 over, -132 under), and he averages just 2 assists per game. Escalator props in the alternate market were also available straight up or for SGPs.
Bridges to record at least six assists paid out +1400. He officially finished with 5.
This isn’t the first time prop bets have been impacted by official scoring by the leagues. It’s not even the first time the Paul and the Suns have been involved.
On January 21, there was debate over a rebound awarded to Paul that appeared to be hauled in by teammate Jae Crowder. Crowder finished with three rebounds as a result. His prop was 3.5.
The Suns were on the road at Dallas for Crowder’s rebound and at home on Monday night against the Jazz for the Bridges assist.