The Top 5 Worst NBA Betting Seasons Ever

With the 2019-20 NBA season getting ready to restart on July 30, bettors are ready to get back in action. They are hopeful that their 2020 does not go like some of these awful betting seasons. Here’s a look at the five worst NBA betting seasons every.

Orlando Magic 2003-04

The Magic were coming off a respectable 42-40 season but lost Grant Hill for the season due to ankle surgery. The team started the season with a win then promptly lost 19 straight games. In those 20 games, the Magic went a dismal 1-18-1 ATS.

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Despite Tracy McGrady (28.0 ppg) leading the NBA in scoring for the second straight season, Orlando covered just 33 percent of the time finishing with a 27-54-1 record ATS.

Houston Rockets 1994-95

The mid-1990s Rockets are one of the forgotten early superteams. After winning back-to-back NBA titles, three of the team’s top six scorers missed at least 20 games due to injury. Clyde Drexler, Sam Cassell, and Mario Elie couldn’t stay healthy. 

Houston went 30-16 in games where Cassell, Drexler, and Hakeem Olajuwon played together. The Rockets were 18-18 in the rest of the games. Houston would end the season 27-53-2 ATS covering just 33.8 percent of the time. 

Charlotte Bobcats 2011-12

They weren’t the Hornets just yet. Charlotte was absolutely atrocious during this season. They went just 7-59 and finished the NBA’s worst winning percentage (.106) … ever!

The Bobcats, as they were known then, averaged just 87 points per game (fewest in the league) and lost games by an average margin of nearly 14 points. Charlotte lost its final 23 games in a row and finished the season with an ATS record of just 23-43 covering just 34.8 percent of the time.

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Dallas Mavericks 1995-96

Sometimes things go bad. Then, they get worse. That was the case with the ‘95-’96 Mavericks. The Mavs would lose their star Jamal Mashburn who averaged 23.4 points per game. Mashburn would play just 18 games all season. After his injury, Dallas went 22-40-2 ATS without him. 

Roy Tarpley then got banned from the league after violating the NBA substance abuse policy. Jason Kidd, only in his second season, was the lone bright spot making the All-Star game. Dallas finished the season covering in only 35 percent of its games (28-52-2).

New York Knicks 2001-02

The Knicks were a perennial playoff team through the 1990s. In 2001-02, the team missed the postseason for the first time in 14 years. They ended the regular season with a record of 30-52, a 14-game dip from the previous season, confusing even the hottest cappers.

Head coach Jeff Van Gundy resigned after 19 games and the Knicks were never the same under Don Cheney finishing 20-43 the remainder of the season. The Knicks’ field goal percentage took a dip for the first time since the mid-1960s. 

In the end, New York would end the season covering in just 36.6 percent of their game. The Knicks finished with an ATS record of 30-52. The 1994-95 Golden State Warriors and the 1995-96 Denver Nuggets also finished their seasons with ATS records of 30-52.