- PointsBet’s “Cooking With Curry” odds says that James Harden, Steph Curry, and Bradley Beal are the favorites to produce the next 63+ point game in the NBA.
- Harden is the NBA’s scoring leader the past three seasons and lead the league in scoring this year at 33.0 PPG.
- Curry scored 62 points last Sunday while Beal nearly ended the bet on Wednesday with a 60-point game against Philadelphia.
Steph Curry erupted for a career-high 62-points last Sunday to open 2021 in blazing fashion. Curry’s production wasn’t just the most by a Warriors’ player since Rick Barry scored 64 in 1974. It wasn’t also just the first 60-point game by a Dubs player since Klay Thompson’s 60-point game in 2016. It was the highest individual scoring game of the young season.
But while 62 isn’t an easy number to replicate, much more top, online sportsbook PointsBet doesn’t think that it will be the last time we’ll see someone put up that many points in an NBA game this season. PointsBet thinks that there will be a 63+ point scoring game this season and according to the bookmaker’s “Cooking With Curry Special” odds, there are six players who could be the next to score 63+ points in an NBA game this season.
James Harden (+300)
Steph Curry (+500)
Bradley Beal (+650)
Trae Young (+650)
Kevin Durant (+1200)
Damian Lillard (+1200)
On Wednesday, Bradley Beal nearly ended the conversation when he scored 60 points in a loss to the Washington Wizards. Beal already had 57 points after three quarters and with the way he was making buckets, it looked like he was going to cash out at +650. However, the Wizards limited Beal to only three points in the 4th quarter. Still, Beal was three points away from ending the bet. Now, it gets only more interesting.
Three-time Scoring Champion
With the regular season officially over, James Harden is your NBA scoring champion for the third year in a row. https://t.co/KRRyoy1zmY
— USA TODAY NBA (@usatodaynba) August 15, 2020
This has been a season like no other for James Harden. Following the exits of head coach Mike D’Antoni and GM Daryl Morey, Harden and Russell Westbrook asked to be traded from Houston. Westbrook ended up getting traded for John Wall but Harden stayed put, primarily because the Rockets aren’t getting the offers they think they deserve for the former MVP. Harden reported late for training camp but when it was time to play, the Beard showed up and he has been playing like everything is fine, which obviously isn’t.
Harden has played four out of Houston’s first five games of the season, missing one of their wins over Sacramento with an ankle issue. So far, he leads the league in scoring at 33.0 points per game and has led the NBA in scoring during the previous three seasons. What’s scary about the 2020-21 James Harden is that he is shooting 47.4% from the field and 40.9% from deep. Those are his best marks since 2012, his final season at OKC.
The 2018 MVP opened the season with a 44-point game against Portland but has seen his scoring dip in every game since then. Despite that, PointsBet believes that The Beard has the best chance of topping Steph Curry’s 62-point game and he is their +300 odds on favorite in the “Cooking With Curry Special”. Interestingly though, Harden’s career-high is “only” 61 points, achieved twice, both last year.
An Encore from Curry?
All of Steph Curry’s 62 points vs. the Blazers.
A new career high in an unbelievable performance ? pic.twitter.com/sWZID5RNbc
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 4, 2021
Curry’s 62-point game was the first 60-point game of his career. Despite his ridiculous shooting prowess and range, Curry’s previous career-high was 54-points against the Knicks in 2013, in what is considered as his coming out party. However, Curry has a total of seven 50-point games, which is tied for fourth-most among current NBA players.
The former two-time NBA MVP is currently 7th in the MVP oddsboard at +1600 at Bovada. With Klay Thompson out of the entire season with an Achilles injury, there’s no doubt that Curry will have to carry a bigger scoring load this season despite the presence of Andrew Wiggin, Kelly Oubre Jr., and James Wiseman.
Steph started the season rather slower than expected. But since Draymond Green has returned to action, he’s picked up the pace and has scored 92 points in his last two games while averaging 32.0 points per game, second only to Harden this season. With Curry attempting five more shots per game this season, he’s a good bet to have another 60-point game this year at +500.
Bradley Beal drops a career-high 60 PTS against the 76ers. pic.twitter.com/sJ62gI7WOv
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 7, 2021
Bradley Beal has the third best odds to be the NBA’s next 63+ points scorer and he nearly ended the bet on Wednesday night. Beal shot 20-35 from the field including 7-10 from three-point distance en route to a career-high 60 points in a losing effort against the Sixers. Beal was six points away from 63 with still a full quarter left but interestingly, he scored only three points in the final frame to finish with 60.
The Washington Wizards guard finished second behind Harden in scoring last season with John Wall sidelined with an Achilles injury. Beal averaged a career-high 30.5 points per game last season and is currently putting up 30.6 points per game after seven games played.
Last season, the 3rd overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft scored 53 and 55 points on back to back nights to set and reset his scoring career-high in a span of 36 hours. And after putting up 60 on Wednesday night, it’s not wrong to think that Beal is going to have another big night in Washington’s next game, even if it won’t be back to back games.