From Comcast SportsNetLAS VEGAS (AP) -- Las Vegas oddsmakers say 300 million or more changed hands worldwide on a controversial referee call that decided the Monday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks.Sports book chief Jay Kornegay said Tuesday that bettors at The LVH casino registered shock, some celebration, then anger when the outcome swung the game in favor of Seahawks bettors."We've seen regular refs blow calls. That's always been part of the sport," Kornegay said. "But this one was just a blatant bad call at the end of the game that decided the outcome of the game."The Seahawks won 14-12 after referees ruled that Seattle receiver Golden Tate came down with the ball in a pile of bodies in the end zone after a Hail Mary pass on the play's last game.The Glantz-Culver line for the game opened favoring the Packers by 4. Had the final play been ruled an interception -- as many players, analysts and fans believed was the right call -- Green Bay would have won by 5 points.The officials ruled on the field that Tate had simultaneous possession with Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings, which counts as a reception. The NFL upheld the call on Tuesday."I'm not complaining, but it did feel a little dirty," said Wesley Wong, 25, of Toronto, who said he had a combined 1,000 on the game on wagers on Seattle and a low scoring total.Gambling expert RJ Bell of Las Vegas-based Pregame.com said an estimated two-thirds of bets worldwide were on the Packers, with about 150 million more bet on Green Bay than Seattle."Due to one call by the replacement refs, the bettors lost 150 million, and the bookie won 150 million for a total swing of 300 million on one debatably bad call," Bell said.Mike Colbert, head oddsmaker for Cantor Gaming, which runs seven sports books in Las Vegas and provides betting lines to 90 percent of Nevada's casinos, said Cantor's books took in about 20 percent more money in bets than usual for a Monday night game after a wild weekend.Wong said he made a last-minute parlay bet on Seattle and the under to try to make up for losses on Sunday.Colbert said that as an NFL fan, he felt for bettors who lost because of the play even though his sports books won money."When everything went down, I gotta tell you, I was absolutely sick to my stomach," Colbert said.Casinos had already begun to react to replacement officials before Week 3 began, predicting the most scoring ever across the league.Now, adjustments for replacement referees that were only talked about previously are being factored into betting lines, Colbert said."We've seen it now," Colbert said. "If we do see trends and we see bets, we'll move more aggressively than we did in the past."Teams normally get a 3-point edge factored into the line when they play at home. That home edge could be worth a half-point more with games refereed by replacement officials, depending on the game, Colbert said. Colbert said he believed the Monday night referees got caught up in the excitement of Seattle's home crowd."I'd be willing to make a big bet that if that game is in Green Bay, that play is overturned and they win it," he said.Bettors are also reacting. Wong said he's wagering 20 percent less on NFL games than usual because of the unpredictability of the referees and other factors. He said his friends are cutting their bets in half or talking about avoiding NFL wagers for a few weeks if the replacement officials stay in."I'm willing to put less at risk at this point," Wong said. "I'm not motivated to put that much on the table."Johnny Avello, race and sports director at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel-casino, said plays -- and mistakes -- happen each week throughout the year that decide the outcomes of bets. But this moment was magnified, he said, because it happened at the end of the game and the call single-handedly decided the outcome."If you're a bettor, it's going to be hard to get over," he said. "Some may back off, and that's yet to be seen."
The Sacramento Kings are "fully engaged" in DeMarcus Cousins trade discussions, but it appears the Boston Celtics are not in the running for the All-Star center.
According to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, the Celtics are not one of the teams talking to the Kings about Cousins.
According to text from league exec, Celtics have NOT been one of the teams trying to get DeMarcus Cousins today.— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) February 20, 2017
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NEW ORLEANS – The stars were everywhere, on and off the court during the 66th annual NBA All-Star game.
There were lots of hugs, handshakes and goody-good vibes shared by all.
And then … the fourth quarter arrived.
It’s the only time of the game when the All-Star game actually looks like a game and not an open gym full of the best players on the planet.
And as we’ve seen this season, no one is better in the fourth quarter than Boston’s Isaiah Thomas.
True to form, Thomas saw a playing time in the fourth quarter.
But his scoring prowess wasn’t enough with the Western Conference emerging with a 192-182 win. It is the sixth time in the last seven All-Star games that the West has come away with the victory.
Thomas had 20 points on 7-for-15 shooting and 4-for-10 from 3-point range.
That’s not a bad performance, but there were others who were a lot more prolific shooting the ball.
Kevin Durant, playing in his first All-Star game as a member of the Golden State Warriors, had a triple-double of 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, MVP each of the previous two All-Star games, finished with 41 points – one shy of tying the most points scored in an All-Star game.
Despite Westbrook’s monster game, the record wound up being shattered by New Orleans’ Anthony Davis who had 52 points which broke Wilt Chamberlain’s All-Star game record of 42 points set in 1962.
Shooting 26 for 39 from the field, Davis also grabbed 10 rebounds.
One of the more interesting stretches came in the first half between Thomas and Westbrook.
Westbrook grabbed an offensive rebound, saw that he was being guarded by Thomas and snarled at him moments before banking in a 3-pointer.
Thomas wasn’t about to be showed up by his fellow All-Star.
On the ensuing possession, he came right back and hit a long range 3-pointer in Russell’s mug. Westbrook came back with a 3-pointer that was off the mark followed by a Thomas miss.
That sequence was about as close as we came to seeming some semblance of defense played by either team, with lay-ups, and wide open dunks reigning supreme all night.
The much-talked about “reunion” between Durant and Westbrook was very civil, one that included the two connecting on a give-and-go in the first half that ended with a Westbrook basket.
Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo gave the crowd better dunks in the All-Star game than the actual slam dunk contest, finishing with 30 points on 14-of-17 with 12 dunks.