Sasha Vujacic may be one of the toasts of the town in L.A. at the moment, but the Lakers guard should steer clear of Vegas for the time being.
Darren Rovell of CNBC rolls up news that Vujacic’s meaningless last-second shot Thursday night may have cost bettors up to $100 million in losses.
The Lakers were just moments away from sending the Spurs out of the playoffs, up 97-92 and with possession of the ball. But instead of dribbling out the remaining seconds, Vujacic decided to heave up a three before the clock read zero:
The basket went in, the crowd cheered, and the Lakers finished with a 100-92 victory.
But those with money on the game, Sasha’s shot had them seething:
While Vujacic’s taking of the shot was a joke in the Lakers locker room, it turns out it was hardly a laughing matter for people that had bet on the Spurs to cover the spread. The line opened with the Lakers being eight-point favorites, but quickly moved to 7.5 points, meaning that Vujacic’s heave either cost people money (who bet on the Spurs) or turned their winning bet into a push.
One gambling analyst said the Lakers-Spurs contest took in about $300 million worth of bets worldwide, with almost two-thirds of the spenders taking the Spurs & the points. As a result, Sasha’s shot swung about $100 million of the bets.
Sure, Vujacic’s bucket wasn’t necessary - it may be even a little classless. But if the wrong people lost the wrong amount of money because of him, Sasha could see his game minutes dwindle - if not his life expectancy.
Then who will California cougars have left to comfort?