Rovell: $976K Bet Comes in on the Clippers to Win the Western Conference


Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images. Pictured: Kawhi Leonard

Johnny Avello, a longtime bookmaker and Vegas lifer now working behind the window for DraftKings, can’t recall a NBA futures bet the size of what his sportsbook took on Monday.

Avello said the sportsbook took its largest futures bet by mobile, when a New Jersey punter plunked down $976,000 on the Los Angeles Clippers to win the Western Conference at +230 ($10 bet wins $23). If the Clips make it to the NBA Finals, the bettor would net $2.24 million.

Looking to bet on the NBA? Check out DraftKings. Get up to a $1,000 sign-up bonus at DraftKings today or see more offers and reviews for the best online sportsbooks.

As a result of the bet, DraftKings moved the Clippers to +160 to win the conference, their shortest odds to date, right behind their Staples co-tenant, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers (+150).

“We’ve only been taking wagers for about a year-and-a-half and we’ve taken some of the biggest bets,” said Avello, now head of sportsbook operations at DK, after 13 years at the Wynn in Vegas. DraftKings is already the nation’s second-largest mobile sportsbook operation.

The Clippers are tied for the second in the Western Conference with the Denver Nuggets (41-19), 5.5 games behind the Lakers (46-13), who own the No. 1 spot.

The Clippers, who acquired Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in the off-season, have never made it to the Western Conference Finals.

How would you rate this article?

Top Offers

Odds Boosts
See More >
Odds boosts are simply regular bets offered at enticing odds. They're available to everyone and there's no limit to how many you can bet.
Sportsbook Reviews
See More >
Discover the best online sports betting sites and take advantage of bonus offers from legal sportsbooks.
Expert Picks
See More >
See what plays the Action Network experts are making for all of today's games.
PRO Membership
See More >
Access betting systems and signals to get daily, actionable picks.
Download the App
See More >
Download the Action app to track all your bets in one place. Exclusive data helped you make smarter betting decisions.
See More >
The best sports betting newsletter with trends, insights and news - condensed in a two-minute read.
Live Odds
See More >
See live odds and the best lines for every game.

Follow Us On Social

Top Stories