Saturday, September 22, 2018

Who Will Replace Henry Cavill as Superman? – Betting Odds and Free Pick
Who Will Replace Henry Cavill as Superman? – Betting Odds and Free Pick

It’s been no secret that DC’s answer to Marvel’s long line of hits on the big screen has been, well, misguided.

While the attempts have meant well, failures such as Suicide Squad and Justice League have left comic book fans wanting more and some even demanding a total reboot.

In some capacity, it’s quite likely fans get their wish.

That’s at least possible on the Superman front, as news broke this past weekend that Henry Cavill may be done playing the last son of Krypton.

Scheduling conflicts both with Cavill’s upcoming projects and the studio’s plans for future films have had the two sides going their separate ways.

Except, maybe it didn’t.

As it turns out, there simply isn’t a fresh Superman project in the works, and it’s still highly possible that Cavill will remain as the title character. He recently trolled everyone on social media, suggesting he’s still very much part of DC’s Superman plans going forward.

And I officially have no clue what to believe here.

All odds that are referenced in this article were taken from on 9/17/2018. These odds may have changed since the time of this writing.
Next Superman Odds

All I do know is that and other entertainment betting sites have embraced the idea that Cavill may not be playing Superman when the next Superman film comes out.

While Cavill may be planning on playing this role again, things change, and studios kill/reboot projects all the time.

Should the studio delay production for any movie featuring Cavill’s Clark Kent/Superman character, it remains possible that we really have seen the last of him in the blue and red.

Again, nobody can know for sure, so taking a look at the next Superman odds over at MyBookie could be worth your time. Here are the latest odds for who could play Superman.

Tyler Hoechlin+125
Michael B. Jordan+150
Armie Hammer+300
Garrett Hedlund+400
Idris Elba+650
Wes Bentley+650
Oscar Isaac+750
Taron Egerton+800
Ryan Gosling+1500
Benjamin Walker+2200
The Rock+2500
Mark Wahlberg+3000
Chris Evans+4000
Nicolas Cage+5000
Ben Affleck+5000
Will Smith+10000
The Field+750

Of everyone on this list, Michael B. Jordan is the main actor that has gained traction. He’s a huge star and was a key character in Black Panther, so some are speculating that he could cross over from Marvel and give us the first black Superman.

If that’s an option, then Idris Elba (+650) is also on the list, and I don’t see why we should stop there.

That would obviously be off-script according to the historic comic.

Even aside from changing Superman’s race, though, this list is a bit odd. I just don’t see guys like Gosling, Wahlberg, The Rock, Oscar Isaac, or Taron Egerton – as big of stars as they may be – being ideal fits to don the red cape.

Henry Cavill is said to be a bit stiff, even boring, and less than humorous in this role. I see those points as valid in some light, but when he first signed on to do Man of Steel, he was actually the perfect casting.

That origin film was dark and as realistic as possible while not deviating much from the source material. Once the story shifted to Superman v Batman and the Justice League film, Cavill’s hold on the character got lost in the shuffle.

If Cavill does have to go, he needs to be replaced with someone who has a similar demeanor but perhaps has a little more give. Again, I really thought he was/is a great Superman, and I’m not sure he could play the role that much better.

Wes Bentley sure would inject some personality into the role, though. He’s older and not as hulking as Cavill, but he has the look Hollywood probably wants, and he has the tongue to give Superman some real spunk.

I’m sure that’s why guys like Gosling, The Rock, Wahlberg, and Edgerton are given odds here.

Tyler Hoechlin plays Superman in the Supergirl television series, so I can see why he has such strong odds. I’m not a fan of his high-level ability as it translates to the big screen, however.

Armie Hammer wouldn’t be a bad choice, but I have him pegged more as a Green Lantern solution. He’s an option here as well and priced nicely at +300, however.

Much of this list consists of hilarious options, though. Thoughts of Nicolas Cage finally getting his crack at sliding on the blue leotard delivers a mixture of giggles and cringe.

We can’t wish that kind of horror upon the world. We just can’t.

Ultimately, I see a select few realistic options here and am hard-pressed to come to grips with one of two realities: Cavill isn’t giving up this role yet, or My Bookie hasn’t found his successor.

That has me really into the “Field” bet at a crisp +750.

Obviously, the value is through the roof, but the options given here just aren’t very good.

More importantly, there are a bunch of viable alternatives that can be filed under the “field” bet, and if just one of them strikes – or literally anyone not listed with odds right now at – you’d win.

Looking Outside the Top Contenders

Here are a few names I would have listed but could return elite betting value for you via the “Field” wager.

Jamie Dornan Alexander Skarsgard Charlie Hunnam Richard Madden Matt Bomer

Quite frankly, all of these guys would be better options than the ones already handed odds.

But it’s not about my opinion or even being right. It’s about giving yourself outs and not betting on a bad option with weak odds.

Summary and Pick

Remember, it’s still quite possible this is all a waste of time. Henry Cavill plays a pretty darn good Superman, and if DC can keep him, they probably should try to.

Cavill isn’t listed as an option at MyBookie, though, so really, you’re just aiming high here and betting on someone other than Cavill taking the baton.

Ultimately, I probably wouldn’t actually put any money down on this wager. I don’t think Cavill is done with Superman just yet, and while I may be in the minority here, I think he’s done a good job with the role.

Still, these types of wagers can be fun, and betting isn’t about playing it safe.

I don’t love the options that have odds at My Bookie right now, though. I think there is a very real possibility that if Cavill for sure drops out in the not too distant future, there will be a lot of rumors with far more realistic names floating around.

Regardless of who they end up being, I’m not thinking they’re names you’re already looking at – at least not ones you can bet on. That could mean it ends up being someone off of my small list, someone I’m not thinking of, or a complete unknown.

Or, like I said, it could mean nothing at all and Cavill just comes back to keep crushing this role.

If you want to bet, though, I’d keep your options open and aim high at the same time with the “Field” wager.


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Friday, September 21, 2018

One Million Bets Is So Two Weeks Ago; DraftKings Nearing Two Millionth Wager

One Million Bets Is So Two Weeks Ago; DraftKings Nearing Two Millionth Wager

Jason Robins, CEO of DraftKings, told CNN that the rise of DraftKings Sportsbook is thanks to football season and a mature NJ sports betting product.

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Week 3 NFL Betting – Free Picks for the Weekend’s Games
Week 3 NFL Betting – Free Picks for the Weekend’s Games

After a wild Week 2 in the NFL, here we are again.

We have a full slate of NFL action this Sunday, with 14 games on tap, to be exact. With lots of exciting matchups and plenty of intriguing point spreads to ponder, it’s time to start figuring out how to attack the betting sheet.

Yes, it’s still early. And boy, is there a lot to be learned.

But it’s obvious that teams like the Rams and the Chiefs are going to be hard to stop, while squads like Buffalo and Arizona might have trouble staying competitive.

So does that mean we can just pound LA and KC all year long? Is it a good strategy to wager against the Bills and Cardinals regardless of who they’re playing?

Well, not necessarily. I wish it was that easy, but the oddsmakers are smarter than that.

Every week is unique, and the best approach is to study each matchup independently. Try and gauge how each game will play out, and that’ll help you project the outcome. After combining my diligent research with what I’ve seen take place through the first two weeks, here’s what’s catching my eye!

The odds referenced in this post were taken from on 9/20. They may have changed since the time of writing.
Denver Broncos at Baltimore Ravens

So, I get it.

The Broncos are 2-0, and the Ravens looked atrocious last time they took the field against the Bengals. So why is Baltimore the 5-point favorite in their Sunday afternoon matchup?

Allow me to fill you in.

While Denver has gotten off to a 2-0 start, let’s examine what they really have accomplished.

Sure, Case Keenum threw for 329 yards in a Week 1 victory over Seattle. But that game was at home, and after watching the Seahawks get punked by the Bears, it’s obvious that Seattle’s defense isn’t capable of stopping anybody.

I know the Broncos kicked a last-second field goal to beat the Raiders in Week 2, but if you watched that game closely, it actually looked like Oakland was the better team for the majority of the game.

I’m sure it was nice playing a couple of “cupcake” opponents on their home field to open the year. But the sledding is going to get much tougher when Denver shows up in Baltimore to play an angry and restless Ravens squad.

John Harbaugh got embarrassed on Thursday night in Cincinnati, and now his team will have had 10 long days to mull things over. After torching the Bills 47-3 in Week 1, people around the league started clamoring about the Ravens’ Super Bowl chances.

But coming out unprepared and letting A.J. Green score three touchdowns off the bat has now tempered the expectations in Baltimore.

In terms of the Ravens’ task at hand this week, I think what transpired on Thursday night will only help this team get focused. I’ve seen Baltimore lay some eggs before, but it’s extremely rare that a John Harbaugh-coached team lays two in a row.

I don’t see Vance Joseph having a creative enough game plan in place to be able to score touchdowns on the road, and I expect the Ravens to be able to win this one somewhat comfortably.

PICKRavens (-5)-108
Indianapolis Colts at Philadelphia Eagles

Well, what do you know? The Eagles looked horrendous last Sunday in Tampa Bay, allowing a 35-year-old journeyman QB to light the house on fire for 400+ yards and four TDs.

At the same time, the Colts were dominating the Redskins on the road and actually looked like a legitimate NFL squad. So, surely this means that the Colts will hang around in this one, quite possibly even pull off another upset, right?

Not exactly- at least, not the way I see it.

Playing on the road in the NFL is tough. Playing on the road in back-to-back weeks is even tougher, especially when you consider that the Colts’ opponent on deck is the defending Super Bowl champs.

Now that Carson Wentz has been medically cleared and will be back under center, the Nick Foles experiment is over. Not only does this mean that Philly has their MVP-caliber signal-caller back at the helm, but having him back in the huddle is going to rejuvenate the other 52 men on the active roster.

I expect Doug Pederson’s club to come out guns blazing on Sunday in front of their home crowd, and I’m not sure there will be anything that Frank Reich can do to stop it. You might think that the Colts head coach would have an edge playing against the team he was the offensive coordinator for in 2017, but I’m not really seeing it that way.

I see an Eagles team that looked awful last Sunday, and I know that DC Jim Schwartz will be keen on getting his unit back on track.

I’m happy that Andrew Luck is smiling again and in uniform, but I’m worried that for his sake, he won’t have much to smile about in this one.

PICKEagles (-6.5)113
New York Giants at Houston Texans

The New York Giants travel to Houston this weekend to battle the Texans in a game that features a pair of “0-2” teams.

Unless this game ends in a tie, one of these franchises will get off the schneid and break into the winner’s circle.

I give the edge to the Texans, but quite frankly, I expect this to be a pretty ugly game.

Rather than try and predict who will come out of this game with the victory, I spent some time contemplating how this game is likely to play out.

Although the sample size is early, it’s pretty evident that the Giants offense isn’t going to blow anyone out of the water. Yes, Odell Beckham Jr. can make plays, and Saquon Barkley is a versatile weapon out of the backfield.

But this offensive line can’t protect Eli, and it won’t get any easier on the road against a feisty Houston bunch. Look for the Giants to struggle to move the chains, which will likely result in a few turnovers and not a lot of points.

Meanwhile, everybody in Houston is waiting for Deshaun Watson to get back to the electrifying form he displayed as a rookie last year before getting injured. The problem is, it’s not going to happen.

Watson has only completed 59% of his attempts through the first two weeks, and while the Giants defense isn’t littered with All-Pros, they should have enough to slow down the Houston attack.

This is the home opener for the Texans, and part of me thinks that the Texans can exploit the Giants and score plenty of points in what will be a raucous atmosphere. But the more I think about it, the more I see this being a defensive battle with more punts than exciting plays.

PICKUnder 42-110
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons

The Saints started the year by getting whooped by the Buccaneers in their own stadium. If it weren’t for some kicking woes from the Cleveland Browns last week in the Big Easy, the Saints could be in a disastrous position.

But New Orleans gutted it out and escaped with the victory, hopefully gaining some positive momentum in the process.

While that was taking place, the Falcons were busy handling the Panthers, winning a hard-fought divisional game 31-24. Now they have to try and do the same thing by knocking off another NFC South rival on their home turf.

The problem is, Atlanta hasn’t looked all that sharp, and the injury bug has bitten them hard.

First, they lose a pair of Pro Bowl defenders in safety Keanu Neal and linebacker Deion Jones, both of whom have been placed on injured reserve. But then they lost starting running back Devonta Freeman, who is still nursing a knee injury and won’t be back for a couple weeks.

Then, to make matters worse, it was recently revealed that their starting left guard, Andy Levitre, has torn his triceps and will also be out for the foreseeable future.

Missing the two key pieces on defenses will especially hurt when Alvin Kamara rolls into town, as the speedster RB can line up in the slot and out of the backfield and beat you in a variety of ways. The Saints offense has sputtered at times through the first two weeks, but I think the depleted Atlanta defense will allow Drew Brees to find his rhythm.

I’m not saying the Saints will necessarily come in and win this game convincingly, but I do expect them to keep it tight at the very least.

Over the last 5 years, these two teams have played in Atlanta exactly 5 times.

While the Falcons are 3-2 over that stretch, no game has been decided by more than 6 points, as it generally comes down to whoever has the ball in that final possession.

There is enough data here to make me think this is another one of those tight ball games, and it probably gets decided late in the fourth quarter.

It’s hard to envision a scenario where the Falcons run away with this game, so I’ll side with Brees and the Saints and take the 3 points as my insurance.

PICKSaints (+3)-115
Chicago Bears at Arizona Cardinals

I’ve been ragging on the Cardinals all year long as they have looked despicable through the first two weeks. Head coach Steve Wilks doesn’t appear to have control or respect in the locker room, because the product that Arizona has displayed thus far has been nothing short of appalling.

This is a team that has scored 6 points in two games and has been outscored 54-6 in total.

On the other hand, surely they’ll eventually figure things out and start putting together some drives.

The issue is, trying to patch things together and right the ship with Khalil Mack and the Bears defense on the other side of the line of scrimmage isn’t exactly going to be easy.

In fact, it’s likely to be downright dreadful.

Sam Bradford has looked, well, kind of like what you’d expect him to look like when you consider the cast of surrounding talent, especially on this offensive line.

With just 243 passing yards (no touchdowns and 2 interceptions) through 2 weeks, it’s only a matter of time until Josh Rosen is thrown into the fire. When you take into account that 22 QBs threw for 243 or more yards in Week 2 alone, you’ll quickly realize that “Sammy B” isn’t getting it done.

But please, Steve Wilks, I’m begging you.

Don’t throw the rookie out of UCLA in against this fearsome Bears defense, as Rosen would just be used as a “sacrificial lamb.”

This Bears defense is ferocious and hungry, and the inefficiencies in the Arizona offense should give them plenty to snack on.

While the Cardinals defense isn’t as debilitated as its offense, I suspect Matt Nagy will be plenty imaginative to scheme up some plays that will push the ball down the field.

I like what I have seen out of Mitchell Trubisky, as he strikes me as the type of guy who isn’t afraid to be bold, yet he seems grounded enough to be able to learn from his mistakes.

After a couple of tough encounters with the Packers and the Seahawks, look for the Bears to put a stranglehold around the Arizona offense and keep the Cardinals from having an opportunity to win this game.

PICKBears (-5.5)-110
The Rundown

Week 3 in the NFL promises to be full of exhilarating moments and dramatic finishes.

The lines will be moving up and down all the way until the balls are kicked off, so if you see a price you like, go ahead and head over to now!

You’ll see me targeting the five games I detailed above, but feel free to go with your gut.

Being a successful NFL bettor is all about putting the work in and spotting the advantageous lines.

And of course, it never hurts to get a little lucky!

I’ll be back on Monday for my take on the MNF bout between the Steelers and the Bucs, and boy, is there a lot to get to in that one!

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Who Will Finish with the Best Record in the 2018 NFL Season?
Who Will Finish with the Best Record in the 2018 NFL Season?

It’s somewhat hilarious how NFL experts change their tune so quickly.

Just two weeks have passed since the 2018 NFL regular season began, and before we got to this point, nobody was talking up the Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, or Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Yet here they are, sitting atop their respective divisions, a perfect 2-0.

They’re all going to the Super Bowl, too. Yep, all of them. That’s how impressive they are.

Of course, they’re still joined by teams those experts did like as well. The Kansas City Chiefs were fine sleepers, the Los Angeles Rams are legit Super Bowl 53 threats, and the Jacksonville Jaguars got to the AFC title game last year.

The knee-jerk reactions run deeper than just a 2-0 start, though.

Patrick Mahomes and Ryan Fitzpatrick are now the best passers in the NFL. Antonio Brown and the Steelers are doomed. Josh Gordon will turn the Patriots into Super Bowl contenders (oh, wait…), and Khalil Mack makes Chicago’s defense one of the league’s best.

Some of that, along with the assumption that 2-0 teams are to be feared, is actually accurate. It’s only been two weeks, though, so it’s impossible to know for sure what to trust.

While true, it’s everyone’s job – mine and yours as a bettor – to try to figure out what is real and what is a mirage. For one NFL prop bet in particular, you may want to consider which teams could go 16-0 and/or end the year with the best record in the NFL.

I tend to think they go together.

So, regardless of which prop bet you find and decide to bet on, let’s consider which NFL team has the best shot to close out 2018 with the best overall record.

It Doesn’t Have to Be an Undefeated Team

The first thing bettors need to embrace is the idea that the best team in the NFL may not necessarily end up with the best record. They might, and they probably should, but that isn’t always the case.

They also may not be undefeated right now.

The Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, and Los Angeles Chargers were all viewed as legit Super Bowl 53 contenders before the season started.

All of these teams have avoided a dreadful 0-2 start, but they also all have a loss or tie on their ledger.

Some of these teams have been more impressive than others, but they all easily still correct their flaws and find a way to go on a hot run that results in them having the best record in the NFL.

They’re behind some of the other teams that have a shot to do the same, but they’re not out of the running.

It Probably Can’t Be a Winless Team

I won’t rule out the teams I mentioned, and I’m sure there are a few more that are 1-1 or 1-0-1 that you can build a case for. However, I won’t be pulling for any 0-2 teams.

Most bettors, experts, and fans alike pegged the likes of the Bills, Browns, Giants, and others as bottom feeders going into 2018. So far, they’re spot on.

Cleveland looks the best of that specific trio, while they honestly might be the best winless team I’ve seen in a while. If things broke even slightly the other way for them in the first two weeks, they seriously could be 2-0, and we’d be having an entirely different discussion.

0-2 teams don’t often make the playoffs, and even when they do, they don’t tend to vie for the best record in the NFL.

There are too many other teams that get off to hotter starts and dominate, and beginning the year 0-2 just puts you in the hole a bit too much.

They Need to Be Dominant

Starting 0-2 or even 1-1 really hurts you because in any given year, you’re probably going to need at least 13 wins to claim the league’s top record. It will often take 14 and maybe even 15 wins, in fact.

Just look at the best record in the NFL every year since 2000.

Year Final Score Team
2017 13-3 4 teams
2016 14-2 Patriots
2015 15-1 Panthers
2014 12-4 5 teams
2013 13-3 2 teams
2012 13-3 2 teams
2011 15-1 Packers
2010 14-2 Patriots
2009 14-2 Colts
2008 13-3 Titans
2007 16-0 Patriots
2006 14-2 Chargers
2005 14-2 Colts
2004 15-1 Steelers
2003 14-2 Patriots
2002 12-4 3 teams
2001 14-2 Rams
2000 13-3 Titans

The last 18 NFL seasons are a pretty good indicator as far as what it takes to get the top seed in the league and how the best teams exercise their dominance.

In that span, the best record in the league was 13-3 or greater 16 times. The only two times it wasn’t, multiple teams finished 12-4.

The latter is a rarity, and I don’t think this current rendition of the NFL is competitive enough to allow that to happen again this season.

The top team is probably going 13-3 or 14-2 this year. That means you have to ask yourself who is capable of doing that. If you can find the answer, you might be able to score big.

Here Are Your Contenders

Your answer for who the top NFL team will be can give way to a “best record” prop bet or a wager on whether or not someone will go 16-0.

It’s pretty unlikely anyone is going 16-0 this year. If anyone does, I think it’s going to be the Rams.

That doesn’t automatically rule out every other team from trying to get there, but take a quick look at the teams still in the running.

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-0) Cincinnati Bengals (2-0) Miami Dolphins (2-0) Kansas City Chiefs (2-0) Los Angeles Rams (2-0) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0) Denver Broncos (2-0)

It’s very possible one of these surprise teams is this year’s Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Minnesota, or Carolina. All of these teams blew up in a year’s span recently, and it’s safe to say nobody saw it coming.

That’s important to note, but I just can’t take the Dolphins, Bucs, or Broncos that seriously. Maybe they’ll all prove me wrong and make the playoffs, but they don’t scream “best team” to me.

Tampa Bay’s defense isn’t elite, they can’t run the ball, and their reason for success right now is a 35-year-old quarterback who has largely been known for turnovers more than anything else. Tampa Bay is fun for now, but they’re a car accident waiting to happen.

Miami was a nightmare a year ago. They’ve ousted the Titans and Jets through the first two weeks by a combined 15 points. Color me less than sold.

The same goes for Denver. Case Keenum has been a hero through two weeks. They can run a bit and have the tools to defend, but without his late-game heroism, they’re 0-2, and nobody is thinking about them.

I’m not really buying the Bengals or Chiefs as 16-0 possibilities, either.

Cincinnati seems for real. They can defend, they should be able to run the ball with a healthy Joe Mixon, and Andy Dalton has his best slate of passing weapons possibly ever.

That could translate to a very good year and maybe even the AFC North title. However, the Bengals barely won in week one, and they have to face the Steelers (twice), Baltimore again, and also have Carolina, Atlanta, New Orleans, Kansas City, and others ahead of them on the schedule.

One of the Bengals/Chiefs for sure can’t swing it, as they face later this year. I’m a bigger believer in KC simply because Patrick Mahomes has looked unstoppable, and this Chiefs offense is explosive enough to potentially win a title.

The problem with the Chiefs, of course, is their defense.

Kansas City traded away Marcus Peters this off season, and through two weeks, their defense has given up 28 and 37 points. So far, their offense has made this a non-issue, but eventually, the Chiefs have to find a way to stop the opposition.

Looming matchups with the Broncos (twice), Chargers, Jaguars, Patriots, Bengals, and Rams almost make it certain they won’t go undefeated.

To me, that leaves us the Jaguars and Rams. Jacksonville has the defense, but the Rams have the defense and offense.

If any team goes 16-0 this year, it’ll be the Rams.

Of course, the upside of a team and their ability to maybego undefeated doesn’t have to necessarily mean they’re the best team in the NFL, will finish with the best record, and/or win the Super Bowl.

In this case, though, I actually think it does.

The Rams haven’t really been tested yet. Let’s make that abundantly clear. Smashing the Raiders in week one took very little. Shutting out the Cardinals in week two required even less.

LA’s NFC West division is in shambles, though.

The 49ers are their only real threat, and I’m not sure they can steal a win in two showdowns in 2018. The rest of the schedule is far from easy, but what defenses are equipped to stop Todd Gurley anda trio of receivers featuring Brandin Cooks, Cooper Kupp, and Robert Woods?

Even if they do, those teams need an offense built to score on a defense loaded with studs like Aaron Donald, Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, and Ndamukong Suh.

I still think you need to look at everyone, and depending on the odds at the site you bet on, perhaps there are superior flier bets. Teams like the Jaguars, Packers, Vikings, Chiefs, Patriots, Eagles, Saints, and maybe a handful of others are still in the mix.


Again, it’s been two weeks.

That being said, the Rams matured on the fly a year ago and finished 11-5. They learned some tough lessons along the way and now seem equipped to race through the 2018 NFL regular season with one major goal on their mind.

I don’t know yet if they’re the team to win it all, but if you’re looking for someone to simply end the year with the best record, I’m not sure you’ll find a better option than them.

PICKLos Angeles RamsN/A

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Welcome to the 2018/9 NBA – Roundtable Discussion on the Upcoming Season
Welcome to the 2018/9 NBA – Roundtable Discussion on the Upcoming Season

It may still be September, but the NBA preseason is just around the corner. It’s actually beginning at the end of this month, and the appropriate time to start talking about basketball is right now!

We have a trio of men who are eager to discuss a variety of topics pertinent to the state of the NBA, and I have gathered them in a room for it all to be broken down. Just as our resident NBA experts went into great detail dissecting what happened during NBA free agency, they will leave no stones unturned here today.

In fact, there is so much juicy goodness to get to that we had to divide it up into two posts!

We’ll start by jumping into some of the hot topics that will give you some insight into some preseason wagers. For example…

Who is the best bet to take home the MVP award? Are there any potential trade rumors out there?

What about the NBA Finals? What’s the best approach to make some money?

These are fantastic questions, so let’s see what our NBA enthusiasts have to say!

Looking at the NBA MVP Odds, Which Player (And Price) Is Piquing Your Interest?
Noah Davis

There is a lot to like. LeBron James leads the way (+300) at NBA betting sites like, but he hasn’t won in five years. He could win if he gets the Lakers back to the playoffs, but that doesn’t mean it’s a lock.

From a pure value perspective, Russell Westbrook (+1200) probably stands out the most. The guy won two seasons ago and got glossed over despite posting a triple-double average for the second year in a row.

There are safer plays, but if Russ can average a triple-double again and somehow get OKC back into the top three in the Western Conference, NBA MVP voters need to take notice.

Michael Wynn

As far as the value, Noah makes a great point with Russ. The fact that he puts up such gaudy numbers makes him a candidate to win this award each and every season.

But I’ll go with Pelicans star Anthony Davis.

The fact that he’s right behind LeBron on the betting sheet at +450 tells you this guy has everything it takes to be an MVP, especially now that Boogie Cousins has bolted to Golden State. This just leaves the door open for “The Brow” to be showcased even more.

I know his stats will be there (28.1 PPG, 11.4 RPG, and 2.4 BPGover the past two seasons), but it will likely come down to if the Pelicans can win games. Should they win 48 regular-season contests as they did a year ago, expect AD’s name to be squarely in the MVP debate.

Jerry Summer

Fair points from both of you, but I will have to go with Davis as well. Last season, he showed that he can lead this team to a lot of wins, even when Boogie was injured. He was even better in the playoffs, which is another hint that he is ready.

I expect an insane season for Anthony from an individual standpoint and a solid performance for the Pelicans. This should be enough for Davis to be among the top contenders.

I also like Russ as an option, but I have a feeling that we will see a different, more mature Westbrook who will lean more on Paul George and his teammates. This will make the team better, but his stats will see a decline.

How About Rookie of the Year? Any Serious Value on the Board?
Michael Wynn

Yes, I see tons of value.

I’ll go with Trae Young, not because I think he’s the best rookie in his class, but because I see him getting the most opportunities to shine. With Dennis Schroder gone and the keys of this offense handed over to the former Oklahoma Sooner PG, the +1000 price is pretty appealing.

I could see Young averaging close to 20 points and dishing out around 7 assists per game, remarkable numbers for a first-year player. I’m a bit concerned about Young’s defensive liabilities, and I don’t expect him to be a high-percentage shooter.

But this is the NBA, and people love stats. Young should have plenty of them.

Jerry Summer

The number-one pick of the draft has won the Rookie of the Year award six times in the past ten years, and three times in the past four. It’s hard to argue with such stats, especially if you see the odds for Ayton.

The big man can be backed at a price of +400 or so. This looks solid enough to me, especially since he will have the chance to play a lot this year.

Noah Davis

I can’t disagree with either of these picks. Trae Young is unproven and on a terrible Hawks team, but that’s absolutely going to give way to a bunch of eye-popping stats. At +1000, he’s a fine wager at

Ayton is also a solid pick. He could dominate right away as a 20-and-10 guy, and his +400 price really isn’t that bad.

Luka Doncic (+375) is the understandable favorite, but I’d be chasing value here much like Michael did with Trae Young.

Why not dig even deeper and roll with Marvin Bagley? The Kings are not good, so he should play a ton right out of the gates. If he can put up the same kind of numbers he did at Duke and somehow lift the Kings to playoff relevancy, it’d be awful hard to ignore him.

I do like the value there, but my favorite value pick is actually Kevin Knox. He was amazing during summer league and has the versatility to be an impact player right away.

With star forward Kristaps Porzingis on the shelf for most (if not all) of next season, Knox (+700) looks pretty appealing.

Who Wins Each Division?
Jerry Summer

I will start with the Atlantic Division, which is one of the hardest to predict. The 76ers have a strong young team that has a lot of potential. The likes of Simmons and Embiid should be even better than last year, which makes the franchise a dangerous opponent.

Another organization that should be better, at least on paper, is Toronto. The Raptors got the best two-way player in the entire league. Kawhi will certainly be eager to prove that he is the same player he was before his health problems.

And yet, both teams should be no match for the Celtics in the regular season. The franchise was strong last season, but the return of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward should boost their ranks significantly.

This is the obvious favorite for the Atlantic Division, but the price of -120 is simply not good enough for me.

Next in line is the Central Division, which seems easier to predict. It should be a close call between the Bucks and the Pacers. I think Yannis and company should be better this year, so I will back them to win the division. The price of +125 is probably worth a shot, too.

I think the Southeast Division is one where we could see a surprise. The Wizards are the clear favorite of the bookies, but Miami Heat managed to steal the show last year, and I think they could do it again. The price of +200 is worth a shot, in my opinion.

I don’t think there’s any point in discussing the Pacific Division. The Warriors will win it, as simple as that. LeBron can’t beat them, at least in the regular season.

There is a clear favorite in the Southwest Division, too, as the Rockets are expected to be on top. This is only natural after last year’s performance. And yet, Chris Paul will be one year older, and I’m not sure if Carmelo Anthony will actually help the team become better.

Carmelo Anthony - Houston Rockets
Carmelo Anthony – Houston Rockets

This is why the price of -450 seems way too low for my taste. At the same time, the Pelicans are +800, and the Spurs are +700 to win the division. Both teams lost some of their stars but have the potential to surprise.

The Pelicans have an MVP candidate in Anthony Davis, while the Spurs are the Spurs. They almost managed 50 wins without their best player last year, and now they have another superstar on the team. The value lies in the odds of those two teams.

Finally, there’s the Northwest Division. I feel this is where the best value lies. With Carmelo gone, the Thunder should improve. According to the rumors, Westbrook, Paul George, and Steven Adams are really close.

This is the reason PG stayed, and when your best players are also best buddies, there are always reasons for optimism.

On the other hand, we have the Jazz, which were the surprise package, to an extent, last year. Donovan Mitchell will certainly embrace the role of a leader. At the same time, a fit Gobert would improve the team further.

The price for both franchises is around the +150 mark. I would back them both with an equal stake. The return might seem small, but I can’t see any other team finishing above those two.

Noah Davis

I love the details here, Jerry, but I’m finding myself disagreeing in several spots. Even if the Celtics are the class of the Atlantic Division, I don’t think at all that the gap is wide.

Obviously, Boston just doesn’t offer much value to take the crown, but Toronto literally took first place in the division just last season. With Kawhi Leonard now in town, the Raptors (who were top-5 in offensive and defensive efficiency) only get better.

The Celtics are the trendy pick across the board in the east with BronBron gone, but the Raptors (+275) are a very fun – and logical – bet to take this division.

I agree that the Central Division is basically split between the Pacers and Bucks, and that’s reflected by Vegas in their equal +125 price. Milwaukee feels like they’re on the rise, though, so they’re my pick there as well.

Miami barely snagged the Southeast last year, and while veteran scorer D-Wade will be back, I don’t think they’re the team to pick here.

The Wizards have underperformed for years despite having capable talent, but they got reinforcements in Austin Rivers, Jeff Green, and Dwight Howard this summer. On paper, the Wiz look like the play here, even though their -150 price tag isn’t overly alluring.

Out west, I’m not getting cute in the Pacific (Warriors at -1500) or Southwest (Rockets at -450) divisions. I’m sure the likes of the Lakers (+1000) and Spurs/Pelicans (+700 and +800) could make some noise, but they won’t finish with better records than Golden State or Houston.

The division that’s up for grabs in the Western Conference is undoubtedly the Northwest division. Portland took it last year by a game, but both Utah and OKC were within striking distance.

All three of those teams will again be in the mix, but you can’t even for sure rule out the Minnesota Timberwolves or Denver Nuggets. Minnesota actually made the playoffs last year, while a loaded Nuggets squad has flirted with the idea for the past two seasons.

Denver stands out the most with their +450 price at most NBA betting sites. Most will gravitate toward the top contenders in this division, but they’ve been inching closer and closer.

That being said, Portland actually has worse odds than the Nuggets, and they arguably got even better during the off season. I have no problem running it back with the defending Northwest champs.

Michael Wynn

I’ll start with the Atlantic Division in the East.

As much as I like Boston, I don’t like the -120 price. Not when you are likely to have both the Raptors and 76ers breathing down your neck. In fact, I’d rather lean on Kawhi Leonard and Toronto at +275 or all the young talent in Philly for +300, as both bets seem to offer much more value.

While it looks like the Pacers and the Bucks will be battling it out to win the Central Division, I wouldn’t be so fast to count out Detroit. To be frank, I even like what Chicago did over the summer in the draft (selecting Wendell Carter and Chandler Hutchison) and think the Bulls will be on the rise.

But when I look at the Pistons, I see that they hired Dwane Casey, the former Toronto coach who knows all about winning regular-season games in the Eastern Conference. With Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond in the front court, I’ll latch onto these +600 odds to scoop the division and hope that neither the Bucks nor Pacers take off.

I have to go with the Washington Wizards to win the Southeast, as the time for John Wall and Bradley Beal to take the next step is right now. Otto Porter is becoming a star in his own right, and Dwight Howard wants to show the world he’s got plenty left behind his Superman cape.

The -150 price isn’t exactly ideal, but this division isn’t exactly “loaded.”

Shifting focus over to the Western Conference, there are a handful of teams that will be trying to challenge the Warriors for the top spot. In the end, no one is touching Golden State in the Pacific, but the egregious -1500 price tag isn’t even allowing us to get excited.

I won’t pass over the Southwest as quickly as Noah did, despite the Rockets being the odds-on favorites here. I do feel like the top NBA betting sites are trying to bait us into taking the Spurs or the Pelicans with those handsome prices, so as much as I’d like to see it happen, I probably can’t pull the trigger.

In the end, the Rockets probably have enough to win this division, but I don’t like them as a serious contender in the West.

Last but not least, the Northwest Division. Talk about being up for grabs – last season, all 5 teams in this division finished within 3 games of one another!

I think the Jazz and the Timberwolves are the best of the bunch, so that’s where I would allocate my betting funds. The Jazz have a special talent in Donovan Mitchell, as was highlighted in their first-round victory over the Thunder in last year’s postseason.

When you look on paper, the T-Wolves should have enough to be a top-4 seed in the West; they just need to put it all together. If Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler can continue to mesh, I’d expect Tom Thibodeau’s squad to emerge.

Look out for Karl-Anthony Towns to take another step and enter the upper echelon of NBA superstars. He’s that good, folks.

Betting on Winning the NBA Finals – What’s My Best Approach?
Noah Davis

The most logical approach is still favoring Golden State. They swept the Cavs last year and only got better by bringing in stud big man DeMarcus Cousins.

The Warriors are flat-out loaded, and the best team in the West last year – the Rockets – actually got worse during the offseason. They may have missed their window with a 3-2 lead in the WCF last year.

Obviously, the issue is that Golden State offers very little value at -160. That’s still a pretty decent price for a repeat champion that’s secured three of the last NBA Finals championships, however.

Ultimately, I’d be going hard at the Dubs but tossing a flier bet or two on the East.

Toronto (+1600) is very interesting with Kawhi Leonard leading the charge, a healthy Celtics squad (+600) is tempting, and even the young Sixers (+1200) have a shot.

One of those teams is sure to get to the Finals this year, so tossing a little cash their way makes sense. Due to the upside and the massive impact Leonard could make, Toronto at +1600 would be my play.

Michael Wynn

Noah really hit the nail on the head here, as he covered several significant points. I’m in agreeance that the Rockets may have missed their golden opportunity last season in the Western Conference Finals, as I think the addition of Carmelo Anthony will only disrupt Mike D’Antoni’s rhythm and stunt this team’s growth.

The Warriors are the defending champs, and they added Boogie Cousins to an already dominant roster. That -160 price might not be so terrible, but it’s not screaming out value.

I think the 76ers at +1200 is, however, as they could still end up adding a major piece mid-season to help boost their chances. Even if they don’t, the Ben Simmons/Joel Embiid combo is nothing to gawk at, as the young duo will only get better and better as the year wears on.

Jerry Summer

I can’t say much more, as we have been talking how the Warriors have been the overwhelming favorite ever since they got Cousins. I actually think that the price of -160 represents good value.

The safer play would be to add a couple of other bets, but I think you’ve missed one option. Instead of backing a couple of teams from the East, you could go for the +360 wager offered for any team from the Eastern Conference to win it as a backup plan.

I think it’s a reasonable choice, as the likes of Boston and Toronto could beat any other team from the West, bar the Warriors. If someone eliminates the reigning champions, you will still have a good chance to win.

Are There Any Blockbuster Trades We Can Expect to See?
Michael Wynn

This is a fun one because I love seeing big trades happen in the NBA.

I don’t want to go completely out-of-the-box, as I want to think about trades that actually make sense and could happen.

For example, the Phoenix Suns need a point guard. I know Damian Lillard’s name has been linked to trade rumors for the past two seasons, but perhaps we finally see Portland ship their star out of town and give him the fresh start he may (or may not) be looking for.

Damian Lillard - Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard – Portland Trail Blazers

Phoenix might not sound like the ultimate destination right now, but they could be a legitimate point guard away from making some noise. Devin Booker is a budding star, and they just selected big man Deandre Ayton first overall.

If Mikal Bridges and Josh Jackson pan out, Lillard may want to seriously consider asking to be dealt to the Grand Canyon State.

Jerry Summer

I can’t ignore the Kawhi situation. We’ve already seen him force a trade this year, and if he doesn’t want to play for Toronto for some reason, it would be wise to trade him instead of losing him for nothing in free agency next summer.

Another guy I would like to mention, too, is Kevin Love. I think he will be given the chance to shine once again, while the Cavs will be in big trouble. This could open the door for him to move to a team that is ready to compete now or in the near future, while the Cavs could get a piece that should help them rebuild now that LeBron is gone.

Noah Davis

I’ve heard the Suns have been looking for a big point guard upgrade, but they’d be wise to just keep doing what they’re doing and build from the ground up.

Trading away foundational pieces for Lillard seems a bit rash, and I also don’t really believe Portland is going to give away their franchise guy. If anything, I’d be more inclined to see them deal C.J. McCollum.

That being said, I agree that some big NBA trades could go down this year.

The biggest one that stands out is Kawhi Leonard, while guys like Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler could also be shopped.

All of these guys are in the final years of their contracts and could leave for nothing, so unless they give their respective teams assurances, they’re at risk of being shipped out of town.

Of that trio, I’d say Butler is the most likely to be dealt. Leonard might actually want to stay in Toronto, and even if he doesn’t, the Raptors have to see this thing through. The same goes for Irving and the Celtics.

Minnesota isn’t competing for a title this year, though. Unless they can talk Butler into a long-term extension, he’s got to be moved. The New York Knicks have been in constant rumors for both him and Irving, so they probably lead the way for me.

I wouldn’t rule out the Lakers, though. If LA doesn’t believe they can get Kawhi, pivoting to pair Butler with King James could be a fine consolation prize.

We Saw Manu Ginobili Hang It Up Recently. Who’s Next to Retire?
Jerry Summer

I would have to say Vince Carter. I love the guy, and I don’t think he wants to retire just yet, but he’s 41. I expect him to struggle this season, which would be a good reason to see Vince gone.

I also think that Pau Gasol should consider such a move, but his contract with the Spurs is too good. The Spaniard will probably play another year or two.

Noah Davis

Vinsanity has been holding on for dear life for a while now, but that’s just a testament to his love for the game and also his ability to stretch out his skill-set. Not everyone can do that.

Carter is in the mix, but I’m looking at more high-profile guys. This could truly be Dirk Nowitzki’s last stand, as he’s over 40 now and has slowed down quite a bit over the last few years.

Nowitzki can still shoot it from long range and loves to play, though, while he’s publicly left the door open to continue playing beyond this year.

Carter has said he’s 90-something percent done, but one guy I’m almost certain is done is Dwyane Wade. He recently said he’d be returning and would give everything he has left for this year. It won’t be much, and I suspect he’s done after the Heat are bounced from the playoffs later this season.

Michael Wynn

Really, guys, what is Vince Carter doing, and what is he trying to prove?

It’d be one thing if, at age 41, you position yourself as a complementary role player on a contending team.

So why Vince Carter signed on with the Atlanta Hawks to play garbage-time minutes this season boggles my mind. If and when the Hawks struggle on the court, I’ll be interested to see what is continuing to motivate Vinsanity.

But how about Richard Jefferson, ladies and gentlemen?

The poor guy is 38 years old and still hasn’t gotten the hint that his services are no longer needed in this league. In 20 games for Denver last year, Jefferson averaged 1.5 PPGand played just 8 minutes per contest.

Now unsigned, he has turned down broadcasting deals in hopes that a team picks him up. Once the season gets started and Richard wakes up and smells the coffee, look for the former Arizona Wildcat to officially announce his retirement.

Recapping the Thoughts

There you have it!

For you basketball fans who are eager for the start of the season, this post should have been right up your alley – a six-pack of NBA-related questions organized into one place, with three NBA gurus offering up their perspectives.

We made sure to hit on the important betting aspects, as there is an abundance of ways to place wagers before the season starts.

Whether you are looking at Rookie of the Year odds or who will capture each division,
has you taken care of. Hopefully Noah’s, Michael’s, and Jerry’s responses will give you the foundation you need and the insight necessary to capitalize on some of these bets.

And just when you thought we were finished…

This is just part one of the discussion! We’ll shortly be adding another post where the same three aficionados tackle six more questions!

The best way to be a successful NBA bettor is to be more prepared than your counterparts. Reading blogs like this helps you accomplish that goal!

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

888 Sport, BetStars, FanDuel: The Basics Of The Latest NJ Sports Betting Apps

888 Sport, BetStars, FanDuel: The Basics Of The Latest NJ Sports Betting Apps
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