The Los Angeles Lakers suffered the worst loss in franchise history when the Dallas Mavericks routed the Lakers 122-73 on Sunday. The 49 point drubbing is the worst defeat this season. How do teams perform after being blown out?
First, losses by 40 or more points don’t happen that often. Since 2004, there have been just 68 times, less than half a percent of all games in our database, a team has been blown out by 40 or more points. In the following game, the teams that lost by 40 or more points have gone 33-35 ATS.
Teams that lose by 30 or more points have gone 224-233 ATS and teams that lost by 20 or more points have gone 1065-1069 ATS.
It is important to not overreact to one game. However, casual bettors tend too. In the next game after each NBA franchise’s worst loss, 23 out of 30 teams received less than 50% of the bets to cover. After each team’s worst defeat the losing squads went 15-14-1 ATS.
One game means little in the NBA. Don’t overreact to a bad loss.
|Team||Biggest Defeat||Date||ATS Result Next Game|
|Golden State Warriors||40||2014||won|
|Los Angeles Lakers||49||2017||?|
|New Orleans Pelicans||58||2009||loss|
|New York Knicks||50||2010||won|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||52||2008||push|
|Portland Trail Blazers||45||2016||loss|
|San Antonio Spurs||40||2012||won|