2020/21 NBA Rookie Season Prop Picks

The recent NBA draft took place on November 18. Following the traditional two rounds of picks, the players chosen are looking to make an immediate impact for their new team.

A few of the top-rated online sportsbooks have released a list of prop bets based on performance stats for the biggest names to come off the board.


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Anthony Edwards - OVER/UNDER 12½ Points Per Game

The NBA betting odds for this prop have been set at -115 for the OVER and UNDER. Edwards was the first player to come off the board in this year’s draft. Following a stellar freshman season at Georgia, he was able to separate himself from the rest of this year’s draft class. Edwards averaged 19.1 PPG as the third-highest scoring player in the SEC.

He will start his professional career with the Minnesota Timberwolves. After finishing second-to- last in the Western Conference standings this past season, he should be able to play a crucial role in Minnesota’s rebuilding process. Going to a team that averaged 113.3 PPG, there is high value in his odds for OVER on the 12½-point scoring average his rookie year.

James Wiseman - OVER/UNDER 10½ Points Per Game

You can bet the OVER or UNDER in this prop at -115 odds. Going to the Golden State Warriors with the second overall pick, the former Memphis standout should fill a huge hole in Golden State’s lineup as a 7-foot-1, 247 lbs. center. Even though he had limited playing time in his only college season, Wiseman has been deemed ready to make an immediate impact at the professional level.

I would rather bet on the OVER for a rebounding prop at -115 on 6½ per game. His main impact will be on the defensive boards so his scoring may not eclipse the 10½-point level.


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LaMelo Ball - OVER/UNDER 11½ Point Per Game

Once again, you can get -115 odds for a bet on the OVER or the UNDER. This may be the most recognizable pick of the draft simply because of the family name. LaMelo bypassed a year at the college level to play pro ball in Australia. It could take some time to reach his true potential as the third overall pick to Charlotte Hornets. This will impact his scoring to shift the value on this prop to UNDER the 11½-point total.

The better play could be the OVER on 5½ assists per game at -115 odds. If Ball is going to make an immediate impact, it could be at moving the ball around on the Hornets’ offense.

Obi Toppin - OVER/UNDER 11½ Points Per Game

The betting odds for this prop slightly favor the OVER at -125. The betting odds for the UNDER are -105. Toppin was selected No. 8 in the opening round by the New York Knicks. The former Dayton standout should have an excellent opportunity to make an immediate impact.

The Knicks are a high-profile team struggling to get back into the playoff picture in the NBA Eastern Conference. He was able to average 20 PPG for Dayton last season to lead his team to a rare Top 5 national ranking.

The upside on the OVER in this prop is high enough to justify the added risk in the odds. His game lends itself to scoring in a number of different ways.

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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.

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