FanDuel Sportsbook Bettors Win Over $130K From Wild NBA Parlay

Written By Chris Imperiale on February 9, 2022

A few weeks ago, three separate bettors took home more than $130,000 each from a crazy NBA parlay that only cost 50 cents to place.

These Pennsylvania residents earned a total of $130,284 apiece through FanDuel Sportsbook for their parlay that involved six NBA markets.

It paid out so well, with odds of +26056700, because it was six different first-basket scorer props.

For those unfamiliar, most online sports betting apps provide odds for which player will score the opening basket in an NBA tilt. Like betting a first-touchdown scorer in an NFL game, this takes a bit of luck.

Even the favorites are listed with somewhat promising odds of around +400.

This particular wager consisted of six of these bets combined into one parlay. Miraculously, all six hit, and three PA bettors couldn’t be happier.

NBA parlay wins big in Pennsylvania

Usually, you’d be content locking in just one successful prop that pays around 4-1 any night of the week. To get six of those right in one parlay is ridiculously difficult.

The fact that three different bettors from the Keystone State all won well over six figures on this NBA parlay is downright silly.

The wager featured two bigger favorites in the Lakers’ LeBron James at +370 and Houston’s Christian Wood at +450.

Interestingly, FanDuel’s rules state that the first-basket scorer is for the player who records the initial points in a game, not the first field goal.

This worked in favor for those who took James, as his free throw got the scoring started in Los Angeles’ contest with Sacramento. This result was the last of the sixth needed, so that first free throw from LeBron went through with lots of excitement from at least three bettors.

They can send a thank you to Lakers forward Trevor Ariza. He secured the offensive rebound to give his side another opportunity following James’ missed jumper.

Wood’s opening score was much less suspenseful, as he dunked it home on the game’s opening possession.

The parlay had four additional legs, and all of them showed much longer odds. It included the following:

  • Evan Fournier, +700
  • Gordon Hayward, +900
  • Bogdan Bogdanovic, +950
  • Lauri Markkanen, +1100

Charlotte’s Gordon Hayward was the first to come through. Without his opening bucket, the rest of the parlay wouldn’t have mattered.

This one was a little more eventful than others, as it didn’t occur until the third possession of the game. Both teams missed shots on their first attempts, as Charlotte’s Terry Rozier and Philadelphia’s Tobias Harris came up empty.

Hayward took a pass from Rozier the next time down and nailed a 28-footer to give the Hornets a 3-0 lead.

First basket nets six figures

After seeing several shots before Hayward’s, this first selection of the parlay likely provided some optimism for the three PA winners.

The next player needed was Atlanta’s Bogdan Bogdanovic, who got in the scorebook early.

Miami turned it over following the opening tip and Bogdanovic finished the rest on the next possession.

New York’s Evan Fournier also alleviated some of the stress by scoring early. He put home a 25-foot jumper and solidified his portion of the wager within the first 15 seconds of the game.

The final choice besides the favored Wood and James was Cleveland’s Lauri Markkanen. While some of these first-basket picks were painless, this one was not.

Of course, Markkanen ended up scoring the first points, but it occurred seven possessions into the tilt. The teams combined to go 0 of 5 from the field to start.

Markkanen’s lay-in with just around two minutes already burned off the clock kept the parlay alive. This was actually his second shot attempt of the game.

The choice was a risky one but paid off in the end. Markkanen is obviously a talented player. However, Cleveland was a five-point underdog going against the Jazz.

Many bettors putting action down on this market probably leaned with some Utah options, especially at home.

The three PA residents could feel their potential victory after surviving that leg, needing only James to come through. Luckily, the Laker forward hit his first attempt from the free-throw stripe.

Three bettors rejoiced in creating a magical payday exceeding $130,000. This will probably inspire others to take aim at these long-shot parlays that can generate life-altering money.

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Chris Imperiale covers sports betting and the online casino industries. He has a journalism degree from Rutgers University and was formerly on staff at Bleacher Report.

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