On This Day in Sports Odds History


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1979 (NBA): Magic Johnson and Larry Bird make their professional debuts with opening night victories for their respective teams. Kareem Abudul-Jabbar's 18-foot skyhawk in the final seconds gave the Los Angeles Lakers a 103-102 victory over the San Diego Clippers but the Lakers failed to cover as 3-point road favorites. Johnson had 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Bird scored 14 points with 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the Boston Celtics 114-106 win over the Houston Rockets. The Celtics covered as 2-point home favorites as Boston guard Chris Ford became the first player in NBA history to hit a 3-point shot.


1986 (MLB): Up 3 games to 1 in the ALCS and leading 5-2 heading into the 9th inning, the California Angeles come within one pitch of advancing to the World Series when Dave Henderson hits a 2-run homer off of Donnie Moore and the Boston Red Sox go on to win 7-6 in 11 innings. The Red Sox were +120 road underdogs and would take the series back to Boston for Games 6 & 7 where they won easily to advance to the World Series. Boston entered Game 1 of the ALCS as -155 series favorites.