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Another Betting Scandal Hits the NBA


Mar 26, 2024

There is a betting scandal in Major League Baseball that does not involve betting on baseball. In contrast, the National Basketball Association may be dealing with a betting scandal that does involve betting on basketball. ESPN.com reports that the NBA is investigating Raptors forward Jontay Porter for betting irregularities in prop bets from games played on January 26 and March 20. During the January 26 game against the Clippers, Porter left due to an eye injury, leading to increased betting on the under for his points, rebounds, assists, and three-pointer props, all of which hit the under. Similarly, during the March 20 game against the Kings, Porter left early due to illness, and the under hit on his various props.

Unnamed sources from sportsbooks have indicated that people were trying to bet on Porter’s props to hit the under, suggesting potential manipulation of the system. Porter has missed Toronto’s last two games for personal reasons, raising further suspicions about his involvement in these betting irregularities.

While it may be challenging for a single player to influence the outcome of a game, they can have a significant impact on their individual props, particularly the unders. This issue has been seen in other sports leagues, such as the NFL in 2023 when the Falcons were fined for a similar incident involving their running back. The potential for widespread federal regulation of sports betting in both professional and college sports is growing, especially with the legalization of sports betting in many states. This emphasizes the importance of maintaining the integrity of both the games and the bets being placed.

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