Prior to the NBA’s restart, the 76erswere among the most-wagered to win their first championship since 1983.
But things fell apart for the 76ers and their backers. Ben Simmons suffered a season-ending knee injury, and Joel Embiid exited twice with injuries during the seeding games. The Sixers entered the playoffs as a No. 6 seed and were swept by the Boston Celtics.
Resorts Casino Sportsbook has an interesting prop bet for LaMelo Ball and the controversial Ball family. Will Ball be the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft? 2020 NBA Draft odds, props, picks: Three best bets include James Wiseman as No. 2 overall pick The 2020 NBA Draft begins at 8 p.m. Here are three prop picks with odds from William Hill Sportsbook. NBA Draft Prop Bets James Wiseman to be selected at No. 2 (+145) The Golden State Warriors could easily trade the No. 2 pick for a veteran ahead of the NBA Draft. But if a team is trading into that spot, look for them to potentially target James Wiseman, the center from Memphis. NBA prop bets are wagers that are tied to the performance of teams or individual players. Propositions can extend beyond that. Basketball prop betting is a very exciting market to gamble on during the season, playoffs, and finals! Props can be extremely profitable.
In the upside-down world of 2020, the NBA’s offseason started when the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat to win the NBA Championship … in mid-October.
PA online sportsbooks list the Sixers at +3000 to win the 2021 NBA Championship and +1200 to win the Eastern Conference.
With a start date set for the 2021 season and the NBA Draft coming up on Nov. 18, let’s take a look at what online sportsbooks have on the menu for the 76ers futures.
When will the 2021 NBA season start?
The NBA and the NBPA put the finishing touches on an agreement to start the 2020-2021 NBA season on December 22.
Key points about the 2021 NBA season:
- Each team will play 72 games.
- Negotiations with free agents will be allowed to begin at 6 p.m. EST on Nov. 20, with signings permitted starting at 12:01 p.m. EST on Nov. 22.
- The salary cap and tax level will remain unchanged.
- Details on team-by-team game schedules and fan attendance for 2020-21 will be released at a future date.
2020 NBA Draft betting
Betting on the NBA Draft is not permitted in Pennsylvania. However, New Jersey online sportsbooks have various betting markets for the draft.
NBA Draft props at DraftKings NJ
- First overall pick
- Player draft position
- Picks 2-9
- Picks 10-19
- Picks 20-29
- Top 10 specials
- Conference specials
- School specials
2020 NBA Draft markets at FanDuel NJ
- First overall pick, No. 2 pick, No. 3 pick, No. 4 pick, No. 8 pick
- Exact order of first four picks
- NBA Draft parlays
- Draft position
- Draft match bets
- Draft props
FanDuel NBA Draft betting splits
Reps from FanDuel say that LaMelo Ball (-210) is the sportsbook’s biggest liability in the No. 1 overall pick market. Ball accounts for 38% of the bet count. However, they said the top overall pick option for bettors is not a market for big wagers. The largest bet was $200 on Ball when he was listed at +420.
James Wiseman was the favorite when the 2020 NBA Draft betting option appeared at FanDuel in November 2019. Currently, he is +550, and Ball and Anthony Edwards have better odds to be taken first.
This year’s No. 1 pick has primarily been a three-player race. The trade rumors for the first two picks made FanDuel look at the Top 5 selections by FanDuel customers by bet count and handle:
Bet Count: Ball 38%, Edwards 18%, Wiseman 9%, Toppin 8%, Avdija 5%
Handle: Edwards 45%, Ball 40%, Wiseman 5%, Toppin 3%, Avdija 2%
As of Nov. 18 at noon at FanDuel, first pick odds were:
- Anthony Edwards: -260
- LaMelo Ball: +180
- James Wiseman: +600
Who do the sportsbooks think the Sixers will draft?
Perimeter scoring tops the list of Sixers needs. Newly hired president of basketball operations Daryl Morey and the Sixers are in “win now” mode. He’s known for making moves, and if he stays with pick No. 21, it will be a surprise. The former Houston Rockets GM hasn’t made a first-round pick since 2015. Instead, he trades them.
Philadelphia 76ers 2020 draft picks:
- Round 1: No. 21
- Round 2: No. 34, No. 36, No. 49, No. 58
Nba Player Props Today
It’s highly doubtful the Sixers will make five selections on Wednesday night. Early mock drafts had the Sixers selecting Cole Anthony, Tyrell Terry or Desmond Bane at pick 21. However, as of Wednesday morning, Arkansas guard Isaiah Joe (pictured, lead image) became the favorite to be selected at No. 21.
Pick 21 odds at DraftKings as of Nov. 16:
Pick 21 odds at DraftKings as of Nov. 18:
Sixers offseason changes
High expectations, a sputtering “process” and a quick exit from the bubble resulted in changes for the Sixers.
Head coach Brett Brown was fired after seven years and replaced by Doc Rivers. The front office got a revamp, too. The Sixers hired Daryl Morey as their new president of basketball operations. Peter Dinwiddie and Prosper Karangwa also joined the front office. Alex Rucker, the team’s executive vice president of basketball operations, was let go.
2021 NBA Betting
Current betting markets available at DraftKings online sportsbook in Pennsylvania for the upcoming 2021 season include:
- NBA Championship
- Conference Winner
- MVP Winner
- NBA Championship
2021 NBA Championship odds
- Los Angeles Lakers: +350
- Los Angeles Clippers: +600
- Milwaukee Bucks: +600
- Golden State Warriors: +700
- Brooklyn Nets: +800
Eastern Conference winner
76ers odds: +1200
- Milwaukee Bucks: +225
- Brooklyn Nets: +400
- Boston Celtics: +500
- Miami Heat: +550
- Toronto Raptors: +1000
Draftkings Nba Prop Bets
Player Futures MVP winner
- Joel Embiid: +4000
- Ben Simmons: +6000
- Tobias Harris: +25000
- Luka Doncic: +450
- Giannis Antetokounmpo: +600
- Anthony Davis: +700
- LeBron James: +700
- Stephen Curry: +1000
Lead image credit: AP Photo/Mark Humphrey
This article is part of our Handicapping the NBA series.
The countdown to the NBA Draft continues, as we're now just 10 days away from the big night. The draft process – which for some teams has spanned more than eight months – has been a grueling one, but there's still plenty of uncertainty, especially at the top.
That uncertainty is reflected in the betting odds at the DraftKings Sportsbook, which offers a variety of props based around the Nov. 18 draft. Let's take a look at the market and analyze some of the most appealing numbers.
First Overall Pick
Anderson: I don't think there's any value to betting on any of the longshots (guys outside the top three). While I think Edwards has the best chance to go No. 1, simply because he isn't a point guard (D'Angelo Russell) or a center (Karl-Anthony Towns), I don't like the value at -215 because of the uncertainty surrounding the top of the draft. Similarly, +171 isn't good enough value for me to bet on Ball going No. 1. If the Timberwolves were to trade down or out, my bet would be that Wiseman goes No. 1, but even so, +750 on the off chance they trade down isn't overly appealing to me either. I think the best move is to stay away from the No. 1 overall pick bets.
Whalen: This is probably a stay-away for me. But I am at least mildly intrigued by Wiseman's odds. It's very possible that Minnesota could move the pick before – or on – draft night, and there's a good chance that any team vaulting up to No. 1 could have its eye on Wiseman. Outside of the top three, there's no obvious longshot, though if I had to pick a name it would probably be Killian Hayes.
Player Draft Position
Note: 'Over' refers to pick being after the listed draft position. 'Under' refers to pick being before the listed draft position
Over 2.5: +180
Under 2.5: -225
Anderson: I'm staying away at these odds. I could see Ball going anywhere from 1-4, and don't have a good enough read on where he'll go to bet it.
Whalen: The number is in line with the belief that Ball is the favorite at No. 2, but I'm not sure I buy that – especially if Golden State hangs on to the pick. The bigger concern for me would be Minnesota taking him at one. Even so, I think it's more likely that Ball slips to three or four, so I'd be comfortable taking the over at +180.
William hill online app. Over 2.5: -225
Under 2.5: +180
Anderson: I would HAMMER the the under 2.5 at +180 with Wiseman. I think it's basically a lock that he'll go No. 2 if the draft order stays as is, and if anyone trades up to 1 or 2, I think they'll be trading up to take Wiseman
Whalen: I'm taking the under. Ball or Edwards could go No. 1, but it feels like things are trending toward Wiseman coming off the board at two – whether that pick is made by the Warriors or ultimately traded. Getting plus money on Wiseman – even if it's only +180 – is a nice value.
Over 1.5: +172
Under 1.5: -215
Anderson: I don't mind the idea of betting over 1.5 at +172, because Edwards is so far down my personal board, this would just be a bet on common sense prevailing, but I still don't love it since he is my predicted No. 1 pick.
Whalen: He's the heavy favorite to go No. 1 for a reason, but there are enough holes in his profile that it wouldn't be surprising if Edwards fell to two or three. At those numbers, both sides are a stay-away for me, but it does feel like he'll be the No. 1 pick if Minnesota holds onto it.
Over 4.5: -182
Under 4.5: +149
Anderson: I LOVE the over 4.5 with Toppin. Players his age (22) almost never go in the top four. I could definitely see Dan Gilbert making the executive decision to take Toppin at 5, but I'd be pretty surprised if he went higher than that.
Whalen: This is a pretty easy under. There's a chance Chicago takes Toppin at No. 4, but it's far more likely that he comes off the board in the five-through-eight range. This would be a much more difficult choice if the line were set at 5.5 to include Cleveland.
READ: NBA Draft Q&A: Which Teams Could Trade Up?
Number of Freshmen Drafted in Top 10
Over 4.5: +200
Under 4.5: -250
Anderson: I think it basically comes down to whether Patrick Williams goes top 10 — Wiseman, Edwards, Onyeka Okongwu and Isaac Okoro seem like near locks to go top 10. I think Williams should come off the board with a top-10 pick, so I don't hate betting the over 4.5 at +250, since I view it as close to a 50/50 proposition.
Whalen: As things currently stand, it would be a surprise if all four of Wiseman, Edwards, Isaac Okoro and Onyeka Okongwu don't go in the top 10. So if you're taking the over, it's essentially a bet that Patrick Williams sneaks into the top 10. At +250, I think it's worth a shot. Plus, there's an outside chance a player like Tyrese Maxey or Precious Achiuwa could make a late climb up draft boards.
Number of International Players Drafted in Top 10
Over 3.5: +400
Under 3.5: -560
Anderson: I like the under at -560, but those odds obviously aren't great. Ball, Deni Avdija and Killian Hayes seem like locks to go top 10, so it comes down to whether Aleksej Pokusevski or RJ Hampton go top 10. I doubt one of them does.
Whalen: Similar to the freshmen bet, this one will likely come down to a single player. Ball, Hayes and Deni Avdija are near-locks for the top 10, so it's a question of whether a team likes R.J. Hampton enough to pull the trigger – or swing a trade – around picks 9 and 10. Some teams may have their eye on Aleksej Pokusevski, as well, but it's tough for me to imagine him working his way into the top 10.
Player Selected With the Xth Overall Pick
Anderson: If you're looking for a long shot, I really like Obi Toppin going 8th overall at +2500. He is repped by CAA, which is where Leon Rose worked before he became Knicks president. The Knicks love big names and are always in a rush to win, so I could see them going for an older prospect with name value like Toppin. I think his defensive woes could scare enough teams away for him to fall to 8.
Whalen: I think Toppin is probably off the board before No. 8, but I like that call at 25/1. If he makes it that far, the Knicks would have a hard time passing. I would also think about sprinkling some cash on Devin Vassell at +600.
At the 14h pick, I would lean toward R.J. Hampton. While there's a decent chance he's off the board, I don't see Boston passing if Hampton is still available. Tyrell Terry (+1600) is another name to watch, particularly if a team in the 10-to-13 range snaps up Hampton.