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Lonzo Ball Prop Betting Odds

Lonzo Ball Prop Betting Odds

While his dad is a loud-mouthed jackass of the highest degree (It takes one to know one) that almost no one outside of his family can stand, the fact of the matter is that former UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball is a terrific player that does and says all the right things both on and off the court.

After becoming the second overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in this year’s recently completed NBA draft, Ball will hit the floor in L.A. as a rookie looking to lead the once proud franchise out of its recent historic struggles and back into prominence.

Now, thanks to the recent release of some value-packed props odds on the pass-first point guard, you could cash in big if you think you know how many points and assists Ball will average for the Lakers as a rookie once the 2017-18 season gets underway.

Lonzo Ball Prop Betting Odds

How Many Points Per Game Will Lonzo Ball Average As A Rookie?

  • Over 10.5 (-155)
  • Under 10.5 (+115)

The still, 20-year-old Ball averaged 14.6 points per game as a freshman at UCLA this past season and I believe he’s a virtual lock to average over 10.5 points per game as a rookie with the Lakers if he starts at point guard, which, right now, looks like the plan.

The Lakers have veteran combo guard Jordan Clarkson on their roster, but he’s not really a point guard, so he likely won’t cut into Ball’s minutes very much this coming season. The only other floor leader the Lakers currently have on their roster is Tyler Ennis and he certainly won’t start over the No. 2 overall pick in the draft.

With leading scorer D’Angelo Russell gone, the Lakers’ best scorers are Brook Lopez, Clarkson, Nick Young, forward Julius Randle and 2016 No. 2 overall pick Brandon Ingram, so Ball should get his share of shot opportunities. So, in essence, unless the Lakers add a veteran point guard to help ease the transition to the NBA, Ball will start and almost assuredly average over 10.5 points per game.

How Many Assists Per Game Will Lonzo Ball Average As A Rookie?

  • Over 5 (-900)
  • Under 5 (+500)

Ball averaged a healthy 7.6 assists per game for UCLA last season and I believe he’s a lock to drop over five dimes per game as a rookie with the Lakers, even though they still need more shooters.

Ball will be able to get a few assists each game by simply passing to Brook Lopez and he’ll add a couple of more by passing it to Clarkson, Randle and the blossoming Ingram. The thing that Lonzo Ball does best is share the rock and make his teammates better, much like another famous Lakers point guard. More importantly, all Ball wants to do is win, so I believe he’ll make the right play far more often than not, even as a wide-eyed rookie.

This pick is an absolute lock, so I say jump all over it before the odds change. Lonzo ball will easily average over 5.0 assists per game as a rookie for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017-18.

2017-18 NBA Rookie Of The Year Odds & Picks 

2017-18 NBA Rookie Of The Year Odds & Picks

The NBA Draft was last Thursday. Already, our Oddsmakers have released the odds on NBA Rookie of the Year.

2017-18 NBA Rookie Of The Year Odds & Picks

Ben Simmons PHI +200
Lonzo Ball LAL +200
Markelle Fultz PHI +500
Dennis Smith, Jr DAL +750
De’Aaaron Fox SAC +900
Malik Monk CHA +900
Josh Jackson PHX +1200
Jayson Tatum BOS +1800
Justin Jackson SAC +2500
Jonathan Isaac ORL +3300
Luke Kennard DET +3300
Donovan Mitchell UTA +3300
Lauri Markkanen CHI +3300
Frank Ntilikina NY +3300
Zach Collins POR +4000
Derrick White SA +4000

The Favorites to Win the 2017-18 NBA Rookie Of The Year:  Ben Simmons/Lonzo Ball +200

Ben Simmons and Lonzo Ball are the co-favorites at +200 to win. Ball has been christened the next Kobe Bryant. L.A. Laker fans are ga-ga over Ball’s passing skills. His father, LaVarr Ball, has been a huge part of how Laker fans view his son.

Hey, I get it. But, just because LaVarr believes his son is the next coming of Magic, Kobe, or MJ, I don’t have to. To me, Ball isn’t nowhere near ready to be the floor general that Magic expects him to be. He didn’t seem like a leader while playing for UCLA.

I’m not in love with the odds, either. The best rookie this season should be last year’s number 1 pick, Ben Simmons. It’s possible for Simmons to win rookie of year because he didn’t play a single game last season.

For those who don’t remember, Simmons was being hailed as the next LeBron James. He has excellent passing skills, he can shoot the three, he can drive to the basket. He can also play consistent defense, something that many rookies in this year’s class can’t do.

The Value Hunter’s Pick:  De’Aaron Fox +900

Rumor has it that Sacramento was so keen on drafting De’Aaron Fox that they considered trading up. They didn’t have to after Philly grabbed Markelle Fultz, and the Lakers drafted Lonzo Ball. Phoenix probably should have thought about Fox at 4. The Suns drafted Josh Jackson from Kansas.

Why was Sacramento so interested in Fox? He’s a blaze. No, seriously. He might already be the fastest player in the NBA without playing a single game. What’s even better for the Kings is that Fox almost always makes the right pass on the fast break.

His lone knock is developing a three-point shot. The Kings aren’t worried because Fox is going to start in the backcourt with Buddy Hield. Hield can shoot the rock.

The Longshot Pick To Win Rookie Of The Year: Jonathan Isaac +3300

I love the fact that Jonathan Isaac started playing high school as a point-guard. He developed excellent passing skills, a feel for the game from the PG position, and a nice outside shot. What’s great about Isaac? He’s 6’ 10” with the type of frame that could allow him to gain 20 to 30 lbs.

The Orlando Magic drafted Isaac at number six. He could turn out to be the best player from this draft. That’s called value. A lot of times, the NBA favorite for Rookie of the Year does squat. I’d seriously consider putting a few bucks on Isaac.

Summer League Hoops & The Tour De France

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Tour De France

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Chris Froome has won the Tour de France three times but has zero wins this year. Will he shake the monkey off of his back in the biggest ride of the year? He is the odds on favorite to win at 5-6.

Following the Kenyan born Brit is Richie Porte at 7-2. While Porte has yet to win the Tour de France, he has won the Tour Down Under and Tour of Romandie so far this year. Then he was second at the Critérium du Dauphiné, the top Tour tune-up race. This is his best shot at winning ever.

Next up are contenders Nairo Quintana at 8-1 and Alberto Contador at 9-1. Quintana has won a Giro d’Italia and a Vuelta a España. Contador has won two Tours, two editions of the Giro, and three Vueltas, but like Froome, has zero wins this year.

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Odds To Win Tour De France
Chris Froome 5-6
Richie Porte 7-2
Nairo Quintana 8-1
Alberto Contador 9-1
Romain Bardet 15-1
Alejandro Valverde 15-1
Adam Yates 25-1
Johan Esteban Chaves 25-1
Fabio Aru 40-1
Simon Yates 40-1
Vincenzo Nibali 50-1
Tom Dumoulin 60-1
Ilnur Zakarin 60-1
Thibaut Pinot 80-1
Rafal Majka 100-1
Louis Meintjes 100-1
Miguel Angel Lopez 100-1
Bauke Mollema 125-1
Julian Alaphilippe 125-1
Jakob Fuglsang 150-1
Daniel Martin 150-1

Warriors Vs Cavaliers NBA Finals Game 3 Odds

Warriors Vs Cavaliers NBA Finals Game 3 Odds

The Golden State Warriors head to Cleveland up 2 to 0 in the 2017 NBA Finals best of seven series. In Game 2, Golden State rocked Cleveland 132 to 113. It’s do or die time for the Cavaliers. The game takes place at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday, May 7. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 pm ET.

The Golden State Warriors remain perfect in the 2017 NBA Playoffs. Golden State has not only won 14 straight games, but they’ve also covered in 10 of the 14. The Warriors have covered in 5 straight.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are now 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games during the playoffs. The Cavaliers have lost 3 out of their last 5 straight up after winning their first 10 games during the NBA Playoffs.

Warriors Vs Cavaliers NBA Finals Game 3 Odds

Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers
When: Wednesday, June 7 at 9:00 PM ET
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Spread: Golden State -2.5
Moneyline: Golden State -140 vs Cleveland +130
Total: 225.5

Why The Warriors Will Win

Golden State might be unbeatable. The Warriors have dominated the first two games in every fashion. In Game 1, Golden State’s defense showed up. It held the Cavaliers to 34.9% shooting from the field. The Cavs shot 35.5% from three. Cleveland scored 91 points.

In Game 2, Golden State’s offense showed up. Cleveland pushed the pace. All the Warriors did was match Cleveland’s offensive intensity with 132 points from 51.7% shooting from the field. The Warriors also shot 41.9% from three.

Also in Game 2, Kerr returned to the bench to a rousing ovation, waving to the fans while back on the sideline for the first time since Game 2 of the first round against Portland on April 19 because of pain issues stemming from complications after 2015 back surgery.

Why The Cavs Will Win

There were moments in Game 2 where it appeared Cleveland could stick with Golden State. After the first quarter, Golden State was only up 40 to 34. Cleveland outscored Golden State by 3 points, 30 to 27. On their home court this Wednesday, the Cavs figure to bring it.

Don’t forget, this was the same scenario the Cavs were facing last year after going down 3-1 in the series until they won three straight to take the title.

NBA Finals Game 3 Analysis

So far, it doesn’t appear that Cleveland belongs on the same court as Golden State. But, the light switch went off last season for the Cavaliers. Could it go off this season?

I’m not positive it will. Still, it is never a smart bet to go against LeBron James at the Quicken Loans Arena in Believeland. He understands what must be done for the Cavaliers to beat the Warriors. A couple of wins and Cleveland’s right back in this thing.

There are two things the Cavs must do. First, they must get points from starter J.R. Smith. He has three points in the two losses and shot 1-of-4 from beyond the arc. Smith must start driving to the hoop, not get aggressive with his jump shot.

Second, LeBron must start posting up. Nobody can take him on the blocks. Right now, he’s playing at the top of the key or on the wing. The Cavs must take it to Golden State inside.

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NBA Finals Cleveland Vs Golden State Odds

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are set to play their third straight NBA Finals showdown. With one title a piece, this is the mother of all rubber matches.

There are a few unanswered questions…

Will Kevin Durant and the Warriors avenge last season’s defeat at the hands Cleveland’s Big Three? Or will LeBron’s seventh straight Finals appearance deliver a second consecutive title to Believeland?

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NBA Finals Odds


  • Cleveland Cavaliers +220
  • Golden State Warriors -260

Exact series result

  • Cavaliers win in four games 35-1
  • Cavaliers win in five games 20-1
  • Cavaliers win in six games 6-1
  • Cavaliers win in seven games 10-1
  • Warriors win in four games 5-1
  • Warriors win in five games 5-2
  • Warriors win in six games 9-2
  • Warriors win in seven games 7-2


  • Kevin Durant 7-4
  • Stephen Curry 2-1
  • LeBron James 9-4
  • Kyrie Irving 10-1
  • Draymond Green 10-1
  • Klay Thompson 30-1
  • Kevin Love 40-1
  • Tristan Thompson 300-1
  • Andre Iguodala 300-1
  • J.R. Smith 500-1
  • Kyle Korver 1000-1

Game 1

Warriors -7

First quarter

Warriors -2½
Total: 57½

First half

Warriors -4
Total: 115


Cavs Vs Warriors NBA Finals Odds

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors throw down in the NBA Finals starting on June 1 at 9:00 pm ET. Game 1 and Game 2 take place at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA, the home of the Warriors. Game 3 takes place at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH, the home of the Cavaliers. Click here to bet this series now.

Golden State hasn’t lost a single game during the entire NBA Playoffs. The Warriors are on a terrific 12 game winning streak. Golden State’s record against the spread during the playoffs is 8 and 4. Cleveland has lost only one game during the NBA Playoffs. The Cavaliers are 12-1 straight up. The Cavs are 8-4-1 against the spread during the NBA Playoffs.

A Closer Look at How The Cavs Vs Warriors NBA Finals Odds

At 5Dimes, our oddsmakers have installed the Golden State as huge -275 favorites to win the best-of-seven NBA Finals series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs are at +235 to win the series.

In Games 1 and 2 the Warriors are 7-point home favorites in both battles. In Game 3, the action moves to Cleveland where the Cavaliers are 2-point favorites.

What: 2017 NBA Finals
Who: Cleveland Cavaliers (12-1) at Golden State Warriors (12-0)
When: Thursday, June 1, 2017
Start Time: 9:00 PM ET 
Where: Oakland, CA
Stadium: ORACLE Arena
Game 1 Spread: Warriors -7
Game 2 Spread: Warriors -7
Game 3 Spread: Cavs -2 in Cleveland
Game 1 Moneyline: Cleveland +270 at Golden State -330
Game 1 Total: 225.5
Watch: ABC
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Cleveland vs Golden State

Betting The Golden State Warriors At -275

Golden State was an Andre Igoudala blocked shot away from winning Game 7 in last season’s NBA Finals. If LeBron hadn’t blocked Igoudala’s shot, Golden State might have won the game.

The biggest issue the Warriors had in the NBA Finals last season was a lack of inside presence. Golden State has a legitimate big in Zaza Pachulia. They also signed Kevin Durant who is as electric of a scorer as any player in the NBA. Durant, along with Steph Curry, make up the best one-two punch in the league.

Betting The Cleveland Cavaliers At +235

LeBron James might be the best basketball player to ever step onto a basketball court. He doesn’t get the press that Michael Jordan got. He doesn’t even get the attention that Magic Johnson and Larry Bird got. But, he can do things that all three of those hall of fame players couldn’t do.

LeBron willed the Cavaliers to a 7-game series NBA Finals win over the Warriors in 2016. When LeBron is on, no player, not even Steph and KD, can deal with him. He’s that good.

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The Cavs are 1 win from facing their Western Conference counterpart Warriors for a third straight NBA Championship Finals. Standing in Believeland’s quest for back-to-back titles are the fiesty but shorthanded Boston Celtics.

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Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals is on Thursday, with Game 7 scheduled for Saturday if necessary. The Cavs are a huge 10-point favorite to punch their ticket to the NBA Finals on Thursday with tip-off scheduled for 6:30 PM.

Current NBA Playoff Odds

To Win The 2017 NBA Title

  • Warriors -263
  • Cavs +240
  • Celtics +250000

Cavs Vs Warriors NBA Finals Game 1 line (if/when they meet)

  • Golden State Warriors -7
  • Warriors -310
  • Total 226

Indy 500

If the NBA Playoffs aren’t enough to get your motor running this weekend, the Indy 500 runs on Sunday at 11 AM ET live on ABC.

Here are this year’s odds for the top 10 of the starting grid:

  1. Scott Dixon: 4/1
  2. Ed Carpenter: 12/1
  3. Alexander Rossi: 10/1
  4. Takuma Sato: 18/1
  5. Fernando Alonso: 18/1
  6. JR Hildebrand: 12/1
  7. Tony Kanaan: 8/1
  8. Marco Andretti: 8/1
  9. Will Power: 10/1
  10. Ryan Hunter-Reay: 8/1

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NBA Title Odds & More

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The NBA Playoff odds point to a third consecutive Cleveland and Golden State collision, a rubber match. To the victor go the spoils. The odds of either the Cavs or Warriors winninng the NBA Title are -420. If you think an upset is brewing along the way, you can grab the odds of the field (any team other than Clevland or Golden State) winning the 2017 NBA Title at a value-packed +335.

The NBA Playoffs begin April 15th.

Odds To Win The 2017 NBA Title

  • Golden State Warriors -155
  • Cleveland Cavs +335
  • San Antonio Spurs +840
  • Boston Celtics +1975
  • Houston Rockets +2325
  • Toronto Raptors +3500
  • Washington Wizards +4000
  • LA Clippers +4500
  • Utah Jazz +6000
  • Oklahoma City Thunder +9000
  • Memphis Grizzlies +12500
  • Atlanta Hawks +22500
  • Milwaukee Bucks +22500
  • Indiana Pacers +22500
  • Portland Trail Blazers +27500
  • Chicago Bulls +27500

Key Dates

April 15: First round begins
May 1: Conference semifinals begin
May 16: Conference Finals begin (could move to May 14 or 15)
May 16: NBA draft lottery
June 1: NBA Finals begin

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NCAA Men’s Hoops Title Odds

The 2017 Final Four is set! This Saturday, April 1st, South Carolina battles Gonzaga, and North Carolina takes on Oregon.

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Odds To Win The NCAA Title

North Carolina +130

The North Carolina Tar Heels started the season at +2000 to win the Final Four. Now that the Tar Heels have made it, they’re the favorites at +130. The Heels stamped their ticket to a second straight Final Four by beating Kentucky 75 to 73 in the Elite Eight. The odds are much too low on North Carolina for me to place a wager on them.

The Heels committed 15 turnovers versus Kentucky. They also shot 20% from three against the Wildcats. I’m still wondering how North Carolina even made it to the Final Four.

Gonzaga +175

At the beginning of the season, Gonzaga was at +6000 to win the Final Four. The odds on the Zags are also too low for me to bite.

Gonzaga beat Xavier 83 to 59. Before beating Xavier, the Zags had struggled to a 79 to 73 win over Northwestern. They could only beat West Virginia by 3 points, 61 to 58, in the Sweet 16. I question whether Gonzaga dominated the Musketeers, or if Xavier bounced. Xavier went into the Elite Eight having gone 7 and 0 ATS and 6 and 1 SU in their last 7.  

Oregon +530

Oregon has improved from game to game in the NCAA Tournament. Their last win was by far their best. The Ducks held Kansas, a team that had scored 90 against Michigan State and 98 versus Purdue, to 60 points in a 74 to 60 Elite Eight win.

Before the season started, Oregon was +4000 to win the Final Four. At the odds, I think the Ducks are a great bet. Oregon has two-star players in Tyler Dorsey and Dillon Brooks. Plus, Oregon held Kansas to 20% from three and 35% from the field. Oregon’s defense is fantastic.

South Carolina +850

At the beginning of the season, the South Carolina Gamecocks were +60000 to win the Final Four. South Carolina wasn’t even expected to garner a bid to the Big Dance, much less win it.

The Gamecocks are a legit threat to take home the top prize at +850. They’re my second choice. What I love about South Carolina is how they’ve ratcheted up the offense. For most of the season, South Carolina played tough defense. But, during the NCAA Tournament, the Gamecocks have been offensive-minded while still playing great defense. They scored 88 against Duke, as an example.

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