There wasn’t exactly an abundance of hype surrounding the Sacramento Kings heading into the current NBA season, and it’s pretty easy to understand why most sportsbooks predicted they win around 35 games when everything was said and done.
After all, we’re talking about a franchise that hadn’t appeared in the playoffs since 2006 and was working with a first-year coach in the form of Mike Brown, a man who’s certainly had success with other teams but inherited a roster filled with young and largely unproven players.
The Kings didn’t really have to do much to surpass those virtually nonexistent expectations, so it’s a bit hard to not be shocked by what they managed to achieve when everything was said and done.
Anyone who bet the over on that aforementioned win total was able to cash their ticket by the end of February thanks to a Sacramento squad that’s emerged as one of the most exciting teams in the league.
Last week, the Kings officially punched their ticket to the postseason, and on Tuesday night, they clinched the top spot in the Pacific Division with a 121-103 victory over the Pelicans that granted them the opportunity to LIGHT! THE BEAM! for the 48th time this year.
That development undoubtedly delighted one gambler who decided to throw down $25 on the Kings to win the division all the way back in October, which seemed like a waste of money when you consider they were listed at +40000 (or 400/1) longshots.
However, it ultimately paid off in a very big way, as the bettor in question netted a grand total of $10,000 after the incredibly unlikely wager came to fruition.
Sacramento was also listed at +50000 to win an NBA title, so while they still have plenty of work to do, anyone who was bold enough to bet on that outcome could be in for a very sizeable payday if they’re able to defy the odds yet again.