NBA season is here and Sportsbook.ag is currently offering some nice value in their prop bets. Here are some of the value bets I like.
Chris Paul (+3000) – This line has jumped from +2000 and I am still all over it. LA is battle tested and out for revenge as their rival Golden State won the title last year, avoiding the Clippers and Spurs on their path. I expect Paul to have a sensational regular season and lead his team to the top of the Western Conference.
Points Per Game Leader
Anthony Davis (+650) – Davis can shoot from everywhere and hit his foul shots, a true rarity for a big man. Another year of experience will gain him more respect from the referees, leading to more trips to the foul line. Unlimited freedom in an offense that runs through him, coupled with the advantage of not sharing shots with another superstar, will lead to a career year in scoring average.
Defensive Player of the Year
Serge Ibaka (+3000) – “The way he handles himself, the class that he exudes, I think he’s the best defensive player in the league.” Greg Popovich. High praise from one of the best coaches of all time. Ibaka, when available dominates the game with blocks and rebounding. This line is very high and a reflection of his past injury issues. Healthy and motivated I expect Ibaka to approach 11 rebounds and 4 blocks per game.
DeMarcus Cousins (+1500) – Cousins is 25 years old and coming off of a career year with averages of 24 ppg and 12.7 rebounds. The Kings are revamped and should find themselves in a lot of shootouts as their defense is towards the bottom of the league. This trio of Rondo/McClemore/Gay are going to miss a ton of shots and Cousins will be playing the most minutes of his career. Taking these things into consideration, 15-1 seems like great value to unseat DeAndre Jordan(+150) who paced the league with 15 rpg last year.
Rajon Rondo (+600) – Rondo hates shooting the ball, and teams consistently dare him to shoot from the foul line out. He routinely passes up scoring chances to feed teammates, not always best for team success, but great for this prop bet. Rondo has wore out his welcome by his attitude on his previous teams and now has Cousins to compete with as team hot-head. I expect Coach George Karl to get these two to buy-in to his system, as he has the history of taking Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp to the Finals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E340bfjCSQg .
NBA Finals Possible Matchups
Cavs/Clippers +900 – My favorite match up personally. Cleveland is a virtual lock with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving back and the Clippers are my pick to win it all this year.
Cavs/Rockets +1500 – Ty Lawson could be the perfect point guard to get the Rockets over the top. He plays fast, can shoot the three, and is a pass first guard.
Bulls/Thunder +4000 – Chicago seems like the only team that could challenge Lebron’s path to another finals. I don’t like the fact that both of these teams have new coaches but their star power is very tempting to me at these odds.