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James Harden sets new over/under record with 42.5 points vs. Raptors

James Harden

There is no question that Houston Rockets superstar James Harden is the league’s best scorer at this moment. Currently averaging a mind-boggling 36.2 points per game, the 29-year-old is leading the league in scoring by quite a margin.

The reigning NBA Most Valuable Player has been on an absolute scoring barrage of late. So much so, that he has just set the record for the highest over/under with 42.5 points. According to Ben Fawkes of RealGM, this marks the highest over/under point total recorded in the history of the Las Vegas SuperBook.

Jeff Sherman, the vice president of risk management at the SuperBook, explained how Harden was able to achieve such an improbable feat.

“It’s a reaction to what we’re seeing through the betting window. If Harden goes on a string of games where he hits 50 a few times in a row, we may have to increase it more because in the low 40s, we’re not going to get much under money on it,” he explained. 

On Friday, Harden dropped 35 points in a 121-119 win against the Toronto Raptors. His point total went under the record-setting over/under mark, but not by a long shot.

That’s actually a considerable dip in his recent scoring form, as Harden averaged an unbelievable 52.2 points per game in his previous five outings.

The Raptors defense will need to take some credit here as they were able to somewhat limit Harden to just 35 points on 9-of-25 shooting. Nonetheless, it was not enough, as the Rockets still came away with the razor-thin victory in their home floor.