The NBA Faces a New Betting Scandal

The NBA is currently investigating a potential betting scandal that involves betting on basketball games, while Major League Baseball is dealing with a betting scandal that does not involve baseball games. Specifically, the NBA is looking into Raptors forward Jontay Porter after multiple instances of betting irregularities. During the January 26 game against the Clippers, Porter left the game due to an eye injury and there was an increase in bets on the under for his points, rebounds, assists, and three-pointer props. His under hit in each category. Similarly, on March 20, Porter left a game against the Kings with an illness after only three minutes. Once again, the under hit on his various props. An unnamed source from a sportsbook told that people were trying to bet on Porter props during the game against the Clippers.

Porter has missed Toronto’s last two games for personal reasons. While it may be challenging for one player to influence the outcome of a bet on the final score of a game, individual players can have significant influence on their individual props, especially in regards to hitting the unders. This situation could be just the beginning of a larger issue that may lead to widespread federal regulation of professional and college sports as more states legalize sports betting. It is crucial to maintain the integrity of both the games and the bets being placed in order to protect players and fans alike.

By Samantha Johnson

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