Training camps are open and the NBA preseason schedule is underway. Later this month, the games starting counting for real in the standings. The preseason exhibition games are a great way to get that first look at the newest players in the league; the rookies.
Along with league MVP honors, betting on which first-year player earns NBA Rookie of the Year honors are two of the more popular futures to bet on ahead of the new season. Betting the MVP futures comes with a much better understanding of a player’s ability. That bet can be narrowed down to two or three of the top players on the list.
Making NBA predictions for rookie of the year honors relies heavily on speculation. The betting odds are already skewed toward the betting public’s perceptions. They are not necessarily steeped in actual fact.
Zion Williamson was without a doubt one of the most dominant college basketball players last season with the ACC’s Duke Blue Devils. Drafted first overall by the New Orleans Pelicans, he has the best odds on the board to win this season’s ROY honors at -140.
At 6-foot-7, 285 lbs. with excellent all-around basketball skills, Williamson probably deserves to be the favorite to win this award. The fact that former Pelicans’ standout Anthony Davis is now playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, adds the true value to these odds.
Williamson will get a chance to make an immediate impact on his team’s fortunes from the opening game. He will also come under some major scrutiny in that bright of a spotlight. If he can live up to all the lofty expectations as the next elite player in the league, his odds to win ROY will only become more lopsided as the season wears on. Betting him now would be the best-valued pick for going chalk.
Next on the list of ROY futures in the NBA this season is Ja Morant at +300. He will be playing for the Memphis Grizzlies as that team’s top draft pick this year. The Grizzlies finished last season at 33-49 and Morant is in line to become a big part of the rebuilding process. It does remain to be seen just how much of an impact he can have his rookie year. He has looked good in early workouts and preseason action to add some value to his odds, but he would not be my first choice.
The third-favorite to win ROY is RJ Barrett at +550 betting odds. He was the third overall pick of the draft by the New York Knicks. Playing in New York automatically adds value to his odds given the high-profile nature of this major market. He also has a chance to make an immediate impact on the worst team in the Eastern Conference last season at 17-65. New York did not make an expected big splash in free agency this offseason to add some extra pressure on Barrett as a rookie. Yet, I see him as an excellent value pick given the current odds.
A big part of the services that my marketing company, Blue Pointe Advisors, LLC offers is written content for sports betting websites. I have been working as a full-time sports betting writer for the past nine years following a previous career in the field of sales and marketing.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports. I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in sports.
It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.
The main objective with my writing style is to create insightful articles on a wide variety of sporting topics that can provide an edge to today's sophisticated online player. While there are times when my predictions fall well short of the actual outcome, I still enjoy trying to come up with a logical explanation to support my views on every pick I make.
My love of sports started a long time ago when I was just a kid growing up just outside Philadelphia. While I was a big Phillies, Flyers and 76ers fan, my number one team was always the Eagles. My dad was a season ticket holder from 1961 to 2002 and I would honestly say that he missed less than a handful of games than more than a few dismal seasons.
I was fortunate enough to go to a number of Eagles’ games back in the day including the 1980 NFC Championship when Wilbert Montgomery ran roughshod over the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys to lead Philly to their first appearance in a Super Bowl. Flash forward 40 years later and am I still celebrating the thrilling victory over New England in Super Bowl LVII. I know that my dad was smiling down on that one.