Beyond LeBron James and Kevin Durant there’s little consensus as to who qualifies as the NBA’s dominant superstar. We’ll save you the pain of canvassing the league for compelling NBA betting options and tell you to take a good look at Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans.
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If he hadn’t won you over with his rookie and sophomore campaigns in the NBA, perhaps his standout performance for Team USA over the course of the summer did the trick. Suddenly Davis, a 6’10” string bean out of Kentucky, is one of the game’s most valuable assets.
Despite the Pelicans’s flimsy 100/1 odds to win the NBA championship, Davis is a genuine MVP candidate (25/1 to win the award).
In 2013-2014 the Pelicans posted a regular season record of 34-48 but were 37-39-6 against the spread. Had crucial players like Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson not been injured, the club could have clawed their way into the postseason.
This year, with Davis in full 20-and-10 form and complemented by a supporting cast, the Pelicans could make noise. If New Orleans flies back into the postseason, you can rest assured that their dominant man will be front and center of the MVP discussion.
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Last night the longest trade rumor was set to rest as Dwight Howard was finally moved to the Los Angeles Lakers. This 4 team deal had significant impact on the NBA futures as the 4 teams acquired new players. The big winners in terms of futures were the Los Angeles Lakers as their odds moved form 10/1 to 3/1 and second favorites after the Heat. The Other winner form this trade is the Philadelphia 76ers, whose odds went from 40/1 to 25/1. The team least affected by the trade was the Denver Nuggets whose odds only moved from 30/1 to 35/1. As is always the case when it comes to a blockbuster trade, one team is considered the loser when it comes to futures betting, and that team is the Orlando Magic. Their odds went from 25/1 to 40/1 as they look to rebuild through the draft.
Odds to win 2013 NBA Championship
- Miami Heat 5/2
- Los Angeles Lakers 3/1
- Oklahoma City Thunder 11/2
- Chicago Bulls 9/1
- San Antonio Spurs 14/1
- Dallas Mavericks 18/1
- Los Angeles Clippers 18/1
- Boston Celtics 25/1
- Indiana Pacers 25/1
- Philadelphia 76ers 25/1
- Memphis Grizzlies 30/1
- Brooklyn Nets 35/1
- Denver Nuggets 35/1
- New York Knicks 35/1
- Orlando Magic 40/1
- Atlanta Hawks 60/1
- Houston Rockets 75/1
- Portland Trailblazers 75/1
- Utah Jazz 75/1
- Golden State Warriors 100/1
- Milwaukee Bucks 100/1
- Minnesota Timberwolves 100/1
- New Orleans Hornets 100/1
- Phoenix Suns 100/1
- Cleveland Cavaliers 150/1
- Charlotte Bobcats 200/1
- Detroit Pistons 200/1
- Sacramento Kings 200/1
- Toronto Raptors 200/1
- Washington Wizards 200/1
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The NBA Draft is taking place this week and many people are jockeying back and forth as to where some of the stars from college in 2011 will get to start a career in the NBA. Here are some thoughts from us that in no way are professional. It is fun to speculate but harder to be realistic. You can bet on the NBA draft at Bovada FYI!
- New Orleans – Anthony Davis
#1 pick since the day New Orleans found a new owner
- Charlotte – Harrison Barnes
I know many have Barnes #2 but Michael Jordan will stick with TarHeel boys.
- Washington – Thomas Robinson
- Cleveland – Brad Beal
I really like him at #2 but think he will end here.
- Sacramento – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
- Portland – Andre Drummond
I have people already in my ear that this is too high.
- Golden State – Perry Jones III
- Toronto – Austin Rivers
- Detroit – John Henson
Legitimate big man and will thrive in Detroit.
- New Orleans – Damian Lillard
- Portland – Terrence Jones
- Milwaukee – Tyler Zeller
Leonard and Zeller could switch spots in the draft.
- Phoenix – Kendall Marshall
- Houston – Myers Leonard
See Zeller above. Kevin McHale needs a legitimate big man who can replace Marcus Camby
- Philadelphia – Jared Sullinger
Word is he is not healthy. May tumble even further.
- Houston – Jeremy Lamb
Some like Lamb higher in the draft.
- Dallas – Fab Melo
- Minnesota – Terrence Ross
- Orlando – Dion Waiters
Magic need a big player here to complement Howard.
- Denver – Marquis Teague
- Boston – Quincy Miller
- Boston – Arnett Moultrie
- Atlanta – Tony Wroten
- Cleveland – Moe Harkless
- Memphis – Doron Lamb
He can back up Mike Conley Jr. at the point.
- Indiana – Festus Ezeli
- Miami – Royce White
- Oklahoma City – Draymond Green
- Chicago – Andrew Nicholson
Can score from perimeter or step out. Bulls love these kind of players.
- Golden State - Evan Fournie
Prop bets for the 2012 NBA Draft
2012 NBA Draft – Who will be selected with the 2nd overall pick?
Thomas Robinson -250
Any Other Player +170
2012 NBA Draft – Who will be selected with the 3rd overall pick?
Bradley Beal -250
Any Other Player +170
2012 NBA Draft – Who will be selected with the 4th overall pick?
Harrison Barnes 13/10
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 2/3
Any Other Player 2/1
2012 NBA Draft – Draft Position – Jared Sullinger?
Over 17½ (-120)
Under 17½ (-120)
2012 NBA Draft – Draft Position – Terrence Jones?
Over 17½ (-120)
Under 17½ (-120)
2012 NBA Draft – Draft Position – Perry Jones III?
Over 14½ (-120)
Under 14½ (-120)
2012 NBA Draft – Draft Position – Fab Melo?
Over 22½ (-120)
Under 22½ (-120)
2012 NBA Draft – Draft Position – Austin Rivers?
Over 10½ (-120)
Under 10½ (-120)
2012 NBA Draft – Draft Position – Kris Joseph?
Over 44½ (-120)
Under 44½ (-120)
2012 NBA Draft – How many seniors will be drafted in the first round?
Over 4½ (-150)
Under 4½ (+110)
2012 NBA Draft – Will any team in the Top 5 trade their pick?
2012 NBA Draft – Total Kentucky Players drafted in the 1st Round?
Over 4½ (+110)
Under 4½ (-150)
2012 NBA Draft – Will Draymond Green be drafted in the 1st Round?
2012 NBA Draft – Will Evan Fournier be drafted in the 1st Round?
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It’s time for the 2012 NBA Finals. The Miami Heat had enough firepower to knock out the Celtics – but it took 7. While the Thunder seem to be clicking on all cylinders – as they rattled off 4 straight to beat the Spurs. This is a crowd pleasing series as it’s full of mega superstars. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and more. I haven’t personally been betting much of the NBA but I’m going to be betting on this championship series. Below are some of the pre-series odds from Bovada. I’ll list the odds and talk about what I think is a good bet for each one. If you haven’t already – get your account created and funded at Bovada. Remember – it’s almost FOOTBALL season and we all want to bet then. Let’s build the “roll”.
Heat vs. Thunder Series Odds
- Miami Heat (Series Prices) 3/2 (+150)
- Oklahoma City Thunder (Series Prices) 10/17 (-170)
Miami Heat +150 are a great bet to win this series. Love it. Take the Heat and make some money. Betting $100 to win $150.
Game 1 Lines
- Miami Heat +5 O 194
- Oklahoma City Thunder -5 U 194
Again – I’m betting Heat +5 game 1. Betting $110 to win $100.
NBA Finals MVP
- Kevin Durant (OKC) 1/1
- LeBron James (MIA) 2/1
- Russell Westbrook (OKC) 5/1
- Dwyane Wade (MIA) 7/1
- James Harden (OKC) 12/1
- Chris Bosh (MIA) 15/1
- Serge Ibaka (OKC) 20/1
- Mario Chalmers (MIA) 25/1
- Any other Heat Player 25/1
- Any other Thunder Player 25/1
The only smart bet here is Dwyane Wade. You can’t take LeBron at 2-1 odds. You may as well just take the Heat to win the series at 1.5 to 1… But Wade at 7-1 is a solid bet. If the Heat win it, the MVP is either LeBron or Wade. Duh. Wade is capable of carrying the team to a big win or two. I love his odds at 7-1. Betting $100 to win $700.
- Oklahoma City Thunder -1½ 7/5 (+140)
- Miami Heat +1½ 10/17 (-170)
- Oklahoma City Thunder -2½ 11/4 (+275)
- Miami Heat +2½ 2/7 (-350)
- Oklahoma City Thunder +1½ 1/3 (-300)
- Miami Heat -1½ 12/5 (+240)
Exact Series Result
- Oklahoma City Thunder 4-0 9/1
- Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1 6/1
- Oklahoma City Thunder 4-2 11/4
- Oklahoma City Thunder 4-3 14/5
- Miami Heat 4-0 15/1
- Miami Heat 4-1 13/2
- Miami Heat 4-2 8/1
- Miami Heat 4-3 7/1
Where Will the Series be Decided?
- Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City 5/8 (-160)
- American Airlines Arena, Miami 13/10 (+130)
Will there be a Game winning Buzzer Beater in the 2012 NBA Championship?
Will Any Game Go To Overtime in the 2012 NBA Championship?
- Yes 3/1 (+300)
- No 1/4 (-400)
I’ll take yes. $25 to win $75.
Will there be a Flagrant Foul in the 2012 NBA Championship?
- Yes 10/13 (-130)
- No 1/1 (+100)
Will any Player be suspended during the 2012 NBA Championship?
Average Points Per Game – LeBron James
Average Rebounds Per Game – LeBron James
Average Assists Per Game – LeBron James
Highest 1 Game Point Total in 2012 NBA Championship – LeBron James
Will Lebron James Record a Triple Double vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder?
- Yes 2/1 (+200)
- No 1/3 (-300)
Average Points Per Game – Dwyane Wade
Average Rebounds Per Game – Dwyane Wade
Average Assists Per Game – Dwyane Wade
Highest 1 Game Point Total in 2012 NBA Championship – Dwyane Wade
Average Points Per Game – Chris Bosh
Average Rebounds Per Game – Chris Bosh
Average Points Per Game – Mario Chalmers
Average Points Per Game – Kevin Durant
Average Rebounds Per Game – Kevin Durant
Average Assists Per Game – Kevin Durant
Highest 1 Game Point Total in 2012 NBA Championship – Kevin Durant
Average Points Per Game – Russell Westbrook
Average Assists Per Game – Russell Westbrook
Do you need any reason to watch one of the most anticipated NBA finals in many years? We have two stud teams and superstars on both squads squaring off. The demeanor of each team is different and that will bring an element of fun to the viewing of this game.
- 4 of the 6 Top Scorers are in the Finals- Durant, James, Wade and Westbrook all know how to put the round ball in the hoop. This in itself can be entertaining.
- We have 2 really good teams all with a trio of starts.
- Personalities play a big part and some will watch just because they hate LeBron James after he made his “decision.”
- Personalities continue to play a big part and fans will watch Kevin Durant because he is made to be so likeable off the court and on the hardwood.
- Fans are cheering for Oklahoma City to be successful as they don’t have any other professional teams around.
- Baseball is trudging along and most teams are in interleague play and it is a known fact that fans don’t like that format. Hockey just completed its playoffs after about 76 days after it begun and people are worn out from it.
- Hatred of the Heat is a reason because they put together the best team money could buy. If you were a fan of theirs then you are ok with this.
- Water cooler talk would be non-existent if you didn’t watch.
So get out of that kitchen and turn on some sure fire NBA fun with the finals on ABC/ESPN.