Player absence and betting lines in the NBA

William H. Dare, Steven A. Dennis, Rodney J. Paul

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We examine the efficiency of betting lines in the NBA when players are absent. We show that the betting line tends to move away from the team with absences, particularly when a meaningful player is absent. We show that opening lines set by bookmakers have significant errors in games when a player is absent. No profitable betting strategy exists in wagering at the closing line, however, as biases are removed by either the sportsbook responding to new information or the sportsbook responding to the actions of bettors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-136
Number of pages7
JournalFinance Research Letters
StatePublished - May 1 2015


  • Bet
  • Efficiency
  • Line
  • NBA
  • Player absence
  • Point spread

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance


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