In Game 3 of the San Antonio Spurs 2018 Playoff series with the Golden State Warriors, Dejounte Murray unveiled a filthy windmill slam. The two points meant nothing as the Warriors were on their way to a 3-0 lead. But some fans jumped for joy as Murray’s slam boosted their bet earnings.
In the dying seconds of Game 3 of the Spurs’ first-round duel with the Warriors, Murray threw a nasty windmill slam. The dunk put two points in the Spurs’ tally. But the Warriors’ lead was safe enough to hand them the victory.
The Warriors went on to win the title, beating LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in four games. The Spurs, meanwhile, went home after five games. But on that night, when the Spurs went down 3-0 to the powerhouse Warriors, several fans jumped for joy as if they had won the title.
Ahead of the game, the over/under of total points scored was 205.5 and 206.5, depending on the bookie. Due to Murray’s windmill dunk, the total jumped to 207. It was unexpected since when the game has been decided with time remaining, the winning and losing teams don’t bother to add to their tally. And so Murray’s windmill caught a number of bettors by surprise.
Just like life, betting has its winners and losers. Not everyone was too happy with Murray’s unnecessary slam. Those who bet under lost some money.
Perhaps this is just the reality of betting. So many things are out of your control. Knowledge of a team and its respective players could also be helpful. But at the end of the day, you need to have a good amount of luck.