Jeremy Lin Linsanity
February 15, 2012 by staff
Jeremy Lin Linsanity, “Linsanity” has officially reached Las Vegas. Sportsbook Bovada.LV reports that gamblers simply cannot get enough of Knicks guard Jeremy Lin, who has led New York to six consecutive victories and delivered the game-winning points against both the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday and the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday.
Lin, a Taiwanese-American who went undrafted out of Harvard, has emerged as the NBA’s feel-good surprise story of the year, driving insane amounts of global interest. The gambling numbers make it clear that Las Vegas is fully caught up in the narrative.
“The action has really picked up on NBA futures with Jeremy Lin making the Knicks the hottest team on the NBA,” Bovada manager Kevin Bradley said. “Right now the Knicks are by far the biggest loser for the book.”
According to Bovada, the pre-Lin Knicks were 40-1 odds to win the NBA title. Now, the Knicks are 18-1 odds.
Similarly, the pre-Lin Knicks, with a record of 8-15, were 22-1 odds to win the Eastern Conference. Now, with a record of 14-15, good for the No. 8 seed, the Knicks are 10-1 odds to win the East.
As recently as last week, New York did not look like a lock to make the playoffs, at all. Injuries to All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony, inconsistent play from All-Star forward Amar’e Stoudemire and major struggles in the backcourt left New York as arguably the NBA’s biggest underachievers.
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