Will NBA play HORSE to pass the time?

  • NBA players that have been in isolation since March will be competing in an upcoming H-O-R-S-E competition that will air on ESPN.
  • Sportsbooks have numerous odds for the NBA’s televised game of ‘Horse’ that fans can place wagers on.

BOSTON – The NBA and ESPN are currently finalizing the details of a H-O-R-S-E competition and the odds are up for fans that want to gamble on the event.

Those that normally bet on the NBA will now be able to bet on professional basketball for one of the first times since March 12, when the games were suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Presently it is unknown when the season will start up again as the outbreak of the virus continues to spread which is why the league, along with the ESPN network, have come together to create this competition.

The H-O-R-S-E Competition

What is H-O-R-S-E? Anyone that went to grade school may be familiar with this popular playground game. To break it down, players each take turns at making a basket in the same way that the previous player did.

Each time an athlete misses, they are given a letter until they finally spell out the word horse and will no longer be competing in the game. This means each competitor gets five chances to miss their shot.

“Discussions have been ongoing among the NBA, NBPA and ESPN about a competition among several players in isolation,” said Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Due to social distancing and quarantine guidelines, NBA players will be competing from their own homes going shot for shot against one another. Some of the biggest names in basketball are expected to compete. Details on who exactly will be involved and when the game will take place are being discussed and will be announced as soon as everything has been finalized.

News of this competition is just the latest in creative endeavors that the NBA has been coming up with since they’ve had to shut down amid COVID-19 issues. They’ve also started a player’s only NBA 2K Tournament that has 16 NBA players competing through an Xbox One device for sports enthusiasts to watch.

NBA H-O-R-S-E Betting Odds

There are eight wagers listed for the H-O-R-S-E Competition on online sportsbooks. Fans will be able to participate in the event by not only watching it when it airs but also by betting on the outcomes. The odds for each bet are listed below.

Atlantic Division

  • Winner comes from Atlantic Division – (+400)
  • Winner comes from any other Division – (-600)

Central Division

  • Winner comes from Central Division – (+400)
  • Winner comes from any other Division – (-600)

East & West Conference

  • Winner comes from East Conference – (-115)
  • Winner comes from West Conference – (-115)

Northwest Division

  • Winner comes from Northwest Division – (+400)
  • Winner comes from any other Division – (-600)

Pacific Division

  • Winner comes from Pacific Division – (+400)
  • Winner comes from any other Division – (-600)

Southeast Division

  • Winner comes from Southeast Division – (+400)
  • Winner comes from any other Division – (-600)

Southwest Division

  • Winner comes from Southwest Division – (+400)
  • Winner comes from any other Division – (-600)

Winning Athlete Height

  • Winner is 6 feet 6 inches or taller – (-115)
  • Winner is 6 feet 5.75 inches or shorter – (-115)

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