February 2019 Basketball Wiretap

Lakers No Longer Favored To Make Playoffs At Vegas Sportsbook

Feb 16, 2019 1:36 PM

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook reopened their odds on a prop bet that the Los Angeles Lakers would make the playoffs this season. Odds on "yes" and "no" were set at an equal -110.

"With the trade deadline having passed and the length of the break over the next week due to the All-Star Game, this prop is polarizing. It's at the forefront of interest considering the Lakers' record at this point of the season," said Jeff Sherman, the vice president of risk at The SuperBook.

Before the season started, odds that the Lakers would make the playoffs closed at -600 at The SuperBook. 59% of bettors thought James would miss the playoffs, while 83% of the money was on yes. 

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Magic Johnson To Hug Lakers Players, Ready To Focus On Playoff Push

Feb 10, 2019 12:11 AM

Magic Johnson said he planned to bring the Los Angeles Lakers back together amid trade rumors as they push for a playoff spot.

"It's a part of business, it's a part of being a professional athlete. I'm going to hug 'em and tell them that we got to come together and our goal is still in reach, which is to make the playoffs," said Johnson.

The Lakers added Reggie Bullock and Mike Muscala at the trade deadline.

"I love our team. I love the guys. It's a tough part of our business whether you're mentioned in trade talk, or you get traded...my job is to make sure we stay together as a team and stay focused on the goal, which is to make the playoffs."


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Mike Malone: Nuggets 'Not Scared Of Anybody', Ready For Rockets In Playoffs

Feb 2, 2019 3:44 PM

Mike Malone said he wasn't afraid of any team following the Denver Nuggets' 136-122 win over the Houston Rockets.

He added that the Nuggets know what it takes to beat the Rockets in a playoff series.

"We've beaten all comers. We're not scared of anybody. If we play them in the playoffs, now we know we've beaten this team. We know what it takes to beat them," said Malone.


Malik Beasley had a career-high 35 points. 

"I definitely think this is a statement performance to show the world who I am. I'm not just out there on the bench. I'm not just on this team with a lot of great players. I am a player," added Beasley.

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