Who sports a better NBA career year, Michael Jordan or Kevin Durant? Allen Iverson or LaMelo Ball? Sir Charles Barkley or Zion Williamson?
It’s impossible to settle the endless debate of players from different eras.
But believe it or not, there are NJ sports betting angles here.
WynnBET posted a prop board comparing the 2021-22 season for select NBA stars versus a great individual year from past NBA legends. Call it a betting celebration tied into the NBA’s 75th anniversary.
The league will be announcing its 75th-anniversary team during the opening week of the regular season.
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WynnBET unfurled this prop party, located at the book’s futures section in its NBA menu. Many of the wagers must be made before the Oct. 19 season tipoff, but some can be made later.
No betting limits have been set, as the props are new, although some may be established later.
Season-long action is official after one game, according to a WynnBET spokesman. Odds may adjust at some point during the season and some changes could be made, but for now, the important thing is, it’s up.
It’s caught on. Some lines have already moved.
Joel Embiid vs. Hakeem Olajuwon
So who would win a points and rebound per game battle between two of the game’s most dominant big men? We are talking about the 1993-94 version of former Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon (39.2) versus the 2021-22 version of Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid. The current odds are
- Olajuwon: +100
- Embiid: -120
Variable: Embiid’s number was 39.1 last year.
Want to bet on some legends you couldn’t play during the era that pre-dated legalized sports wagering (outside of Nevada)?
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Barkley fans may like this one. His third season of combined points and rebounds per game (37.6) versus third-year man Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans. By the way, the Sixers open the NBA regular season in NOLA Wednesday night.
Here are the odds:
- Barkley: -170
- Williamson: +125
Can Barkley win a prop bet from the TNT broadcast booth? He got the early wagering love, driving the price up.
Here is some more 76ers love: Iverson’s second season points and assists per game totals (28) versus LaMelo Ball, who is entering his second season with the Charlotte Hornets. The odds are:
Iverson is a legalized sports betting pitchman now for PointsBet. He might want to wager upon himself, but not at this price. That’s the drawback of having a great career.
Current Lakers versus Wilt
The Los Angeles Lakers starting lineup now features All-Stars Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis. But in tonight’s season opener versus the Golden State Warriors, will they score 100 combined points? NBA Hall-of-Famer Wilt Chamberlain had a 100-point game in 1962.
They’re going three-against-one on the Big Dipper, but he’s still the big chalk. Did you know Chamberlain hit 28 free throws in his 100-point game? (That’s even more than Ben Simmons). Wilt was a 51% lifetime free-throw shooter, but nearly 90% on this night.
Brooklyn Nets prop angles
WynnBET currently has the Brooklyn Nets favored to win the NBA title at +250. The Lakers are second at +400 followed by the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks at +800.
But here is another futures bet to think about: Magic Johnson’s PPG + APG in 1986-87 (36.1) vs. James Harden’s PPG + APG in 2021-22. The odds are:
- Johnson: +195
- Harden: -230
And here’s a battle of the heavy-hitters: Michael Jordan’s Career PPG (30.1) vs. Kevin Durant’s PPG in 2021-22. The odds are:
- Jordan: -310
- Durant: +255
Durant has it in him once in a while. Can he do it for a whole season.? The payout is substantial.
NBA nostalgia buffs
WynnBET has put former Laker all-time great Jerry West in the mix versus Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks. For this one, it’s West’s PPG + APG in 1969-70 (38.7) vs. Young’s PPG + APG in 2021-22. The odds are:
The Laker great from the 1960s jumps into the fray as a prop favorite. Sixers fans might jump all over Young after what he did to the Sixers in helping the Atlanta Hawks eliminate them in the 2021 NBA Playoffs.
It has gotten some significant action, enough to move the line. Young opened at +125, but the West money clocked in.
“Response in the media has been terrific right after we put this up on Thursday (Oct. 14),” Alan Berg, the senior trading manager for WynnBET, told NJ Gambling Sites.
“… People love to debate who is the best, who did this, who did that, etc.,” he adds. “I am a kid from the 1990s, so to me, Jordan had to be on that list. It was interesting to see which players were going to be used. In the case of Iverson, for instance, is the second year really the season in which he peaked? And how good is the other guy going to be?”
However, how much of a player’s prime do fans and bettors recall?
“Even in the room where we were putting this together there were different levels of connection between us regarding what players we saw,” said Berg. “That’s what makes it charmed is these types of conversations.”
Kobe, Curry, Bird & Shaq
Because gamblers start inside their favorite market and expand, here are a few other considerations.
Kobe Bryant’s career PPG (25) vs. LeBron James’ PPG in 2021-22:
Larry Bird’s three-point field goals in one game (seven) vs. Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors to record more in one game in 2021-22:
Shaquille O’Neal’s PPG + RPG in 1999-2000 (43.3) vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s of the Milwaukee Bucks PPG + RPG in 2021-22:
- O’Neal: -200
- Antetokounmpo: +175
Call this an offshoot for a bar discussion, or any type of video or board game that pits players from different eras against one another.
This goes one step further.
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