Basketball fans hoping to bet on the NBA MVP race this season have reason to be optimistic heading into the new season. While the award has been dominated by superstars LeBron James and Kevin Durant for a while, there’s one third-year big man that could give them a run for their money. We’re talking about Anthony Davis.
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Though Davis spent time on the shelf in his first two seasons, there’s no denying that he has blossomed into an intriguing star. His New Orleans Pelicans were just 34-48 last season; they dealt with many injuries.
Davis is just 21 years old as he heads into the season, and he’s already an established 20-and-10 threat. If the Pelicans can sneak into the postseason, we can expect to hear the dark horse MVP candidate (25/1 odds) on the tips of everyone’s tongues.
Even without the Cleveland Cavaliers or Chicago Bulls, there is no shortage of intriguing NBA betting options in the traditionally less competitive Eastern Conference. The Washington Wizards sit next in line in the east. They’re 33/1 to win the NBA Championship, but they’re not the only team worth discussing.
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Joining the Wizards as threats to the status quo are the Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat. The Raptors were 46-33-3 last season and managed to bring their squad back together for 2014-2015. Kyle Lowry and company may not contend for a title with 50/1 odds, but they can still claim a playoff berth.
The Heat (40/1 to win NBA Championship) is an intriguing option for basketball betting. Gone is LeBron James, but the King’s departure creates an opportunity for Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. They were superstars before James’ arrival.
The absence of several short-list favorites has made the final rounds of the US Open all the more intriguing. Now with the final grand slam of the season nearing an end, the tennis betting community is charged with the task of predicting the best of the rest.
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Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro have both been absent from the tournament, and Martin de Potro is the only non-Big Four individual to win a grand slam between 2005 and 2013.By default, Novak Djokovic became the No. 1 seed; although, the Serb is a perennial favorite regardless of Nadal being in competition or not.The shaken up tournament has created opportunities for individuals like Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka. One a legend of the sport who hasn’t won a grand slam title since 2012 and the other a fringe contender that won his first back at the Australian Open in January.
Through the first rounds of the tournament in New York, both Federer and Wawrinka have navigated the bracket unscathed, the former having lost but one single set. Over the course of the weekend, they’ll duke it out with each other and Djokovic for the tournament’s top honors.
Djokovic is 1/1 to win the US Open, and Federer follows suit with 2/1. Other contenders like Wawrinka (12/1) and Andy Murray (6/1) can be found further down the tennis futures.
While Donald Sterling has been on his way out as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers for the better part of the past few months, the news is official now. Incoming owner Steve Ballmer has taken reins of the team. The move bodes well for L.A.’s NBA odds heading forward.
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Make no mistake, the Clippers were legitimate title contenders in 2013-2014. They were 46-35-1 against the spread and made up one of the most intimidating clubs in the Western Conference. However, the distractions at playoff time derailed them.
The team had an unproductive offseason with more focus on transitioning to Ballmer than signing a key free agent. The team, once a short list threat to win the championship, is now 12/1. That’s worth a second look.
Half way through one of the busiest months of the ATP season, tennis betting fans are gearing up for the masters-level Cincinnati Open. The perennial tournament comes just after the conclusion of the Rogers Cup and two weeks prior to the US Open.
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With a plethora of major names on the draw, the tournament serves as an interesting measuring tool for those looking to bet on tennis during the final stretch of the summer. In each of the past seven years, a member of the so-called Big Four has walked away victorious.
Household name Novak Djokovic can keep the trend alive in Ohio. The Serb is the early favorite (6/5 to win the Cincinnati Open).
Though still not official, a trade between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves has been agreed upon by executives looking for a mid-summer shakeup. The move will put superstar power forward Kevin Love alongside newly acquired LeBron James; there will no doubt be implications on the NBA betting landscape.
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The deal makes betting on the NBA’s Rookie of the Year race more compelling. Duke alum and No. 2 overall pick Jabari Parker has established himself as the most NBA-ready out of the first year players. He averaged 19.1 PPG and 8.7 RPG in college, and he has the greatest odds of winning Rookie of the Year (7/2). That being said, Wiggins, the No. 1 pick, will provide solid competition.
In Cleveland, it seemed a given that Wiggins would blend in as a role player on a team with plenty of weapons. However, he’ll be the only star in Minnesota.
The Timberwolves are a negligible NBA futures option, but Wiggins’ Rookie of the Year race will give the beleaguered fans something to get behind.
It may pain Minnesotans to see Love on board with a team that is 5/2 to win the NBA championship, but at least they got to watch the prized rookie develop over the past half decade.
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The sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer is official, and with that fans of the club can say goodbye to damaging owner Donald Sterling once and for all. If the Clippers have been legitimate NBA betting options with Sterling, imagine what they can be without him.
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The Clippers were 46-35-1 against the spread last season and a genuine contender in the West, but they faltered in the postseason and haven’t made much of an impact this summer. Whether these shortcomings can be attributed to the Sterling distractions is something that the basketball betting community will have to decide.
In Chris Paul (19.1 PPG, 10.7 APG) and Blake Griffin (24.1 PPG, 9.5 RPG) the team has two of the league’s most valuable assets. Now it’s time to pick up where they left off before the media circus took hold of their last three months.
The Miami Heat regressed from perennial playoff contenders to a fringe Eastern Conference power shrouded in mystery, but they’re not the only team whose NBA odds took a hit during the offseason.
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This time last year it looked as though the Indiana Pacers were the NBA’s answer to the Miami Heat dynasty. While the Big Three may no longer be a threat, they weren’t exactly dethroned by Indy.
After a disappointing collapse in 2013-2014, the Pacers are just 18/1 to win the NBA championship in 2015. Only time will tell if Roy Hibbert will be as ineffective as he looked last season, and if the loss of Lance Stepenson will hurt as much as some suggest.
Well rested and ready to power through the final stretch, the Milwaukee Brewers are looking to bounce back in their first series after the All-Star Break. Prior to the hiatus, things went from bad to worse for the NL Central leader. They’re still 16/1 to win the World Series, but can Ryan Braun and company fortify their division lead before it’s too late?
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The Brewers emerged as unlikely contenders in the beginning of the 2014 campaign. As months passed, they refused to let up. The team has high expectations to live up to after their temporary foray as this season’s best team.
It’s quite possible that Milwaukee is a legitimate contender but is simply experiencing a dry spell. It’s also possible that their initial success was a flash of luck. Either way, their MLB odds are bound to shift depending on their weekend series against the NL East leading Washington Nationals.
Pull up a seat as the rag tag group of Jonathan Lucroy, Scooter Gennett and Carlos Gomez push the limits of this franchise’s capabilities.
The Open Championship is one of the most popular and highly anticipated tournaments on the calendar, but betting on it won’t be easy. A plethora of legitimate contenders will battle for bragging rights in the third major Championship of the season.
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While Adam Scott leads all contestants (12/1 to win the British Open), he’ll have his work cut out for him. He’ll go up against high profile opponents like Tiger Woods (18/1) and Rory McIlroy (14/1).
Other foes, like reigning champion Phil Mickelson (20/1) and FedExCup point leader Jimmy Walker (80/1) are just as fearsome.
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