NBA betting: Someone turned ten bucks into $15K on a first basket parlay last night

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There must be something in Pennsylvania's water. A week after a Pittsburgh bettor hit a 500-to-1 ticket on Marcus Smart winning Defensive Player of the Year, a BetMGM customer in the "Keystone State" banged a three-leg parlay at 1,551-to-1 odds. The parlay was comprised of first field goal scorer props from each of last night's three NBA playoff games and paid out $15,515 on a $10 wager.

Hoop there it is

As sports betting continues to be legalized in states across the country, first basket parlays have become a popular type of wager among bettors. What's not to love about an exponential sweat with astronomical odds?

The first two legs of the BetMGM customer's parlay were "exact method" first field goal props, where the bettor needed to nail not just who would score the game's first basket, but also how.

Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton celebrates a play against the New Orleans Pelicans in the first half during game five of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Footprint Center. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton celebrates a play against the New Orleans Pelicans in the first half during game five of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Footprint Center. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Needing a Kevin Huerter three-pointer to kick things off, the bettor caught an unfortunate break when the Heat won the opening tip. Miami's Max Strus missed a trey of his own, though, and Atlanta's De'Andre Hunter claimed the rebound. Eight seconds later, Huerter swished a corner three off a deflected pass.

Leg No. 2 also necessitated a three-pointer, this time from Memphis' Desmond Bane. The shooting guard buried a jumper from beyond the arc, 18 seconds after the Grizzlies claimed the tip-off. Bane would later be assessed a technical foul for shoving Timberwolves coach Chris Finch in one of the wildest games of the NBA season, which also featured the dunk of the year.

With the most difficult legs of the parlay wrapped up, the bettor just needed Phoenix's Deandre Ayton to score the first basket in the Suns-Pelicans nightcap to turn his sawbuck into more than $15,000. Ayton won the tip then found himself double-teamed on the baseline as the shot clock began to run out on the game's opening possession. The big man channeled Dirk Nowitzki, performing a 180-degree fadeaway to drain a jumper over Brandon Ingram and Jaxson Hayes, making our bettor five figures richer.

Here is the parlay, complete with the odds for each leg:

  • Hawks-Heat First Field Goal Exact Method - Kevin Huerter three-pointer +2200

  • Grizzlies-Wolves First Field Goal Exact Method – Desmond Bane three-pointer +1400

  • Suns-Pelicans First Field Goal Scorer – Deandre Ayton +350

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