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While you were sleeping, the first round of the 2017 British Open teed shortly after 1:00 AM, but at 5Dimes you can bet golf live while in play.

World No. 3 Jordon Spieth cards a 5-under 65 in the first round of the Open Championship. He was a 12/1 favorite to win the famed Claret Jug. Spieth was bogeyless on the front nine and made birdies on 2, 8 and 9 to go out in three-under 31. He added birdies on 14 and 17 to close out at 65 and steal the clubhouse lead from Ian Poulter.

Fellow American Brooks Koepka closed out strong with an eagle on 17 to close at -5 as well.

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Odds & Picks For The Open

Odds & Picks For The Open

The three biggest betting favorites to win the 2017 British Open all failed to make the cut at the recently completed U.S. Open. Now the question is if there’s still money to be made at the upcoming 2017 Open Championship? Click here to bet on golf at 5dimes.

Better known as the British Open, the 2017 version looks like it could be a wide-open ‘brawl for it all’ when the146th version of the renowned tournament, goes down from July 20-23 at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England.

This year marks the 10th time that the British Open will be played at Royal Birkdale. The last time was back in 2008 when Padraig Harrington successfully defended his title. The course is a par-70 that is 7,173 yards in length. Now, let’s get to my picks.

Odds & Picks For The 2017 British Open

What: The Open
When: Thursday-Sunday | July 20-23, 2017
Start Time: 1:00 AM ET  
Where: Lancashire, England
Course: Royal Birkdale Golf Club
Watch: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live

The Oddsmakers’ Consensus Pick To Win The Open: Dustin Johnson 11/1

Despite missing the cut at the US Open after shooting an opening round of 75 and following that up with a 73, not to mention, missing the Master’s all together, Johnson is the favorite entering the 2017 British Open. The bad news is that Johnson has two missed cuts. One 13th place finish and one 12th place finish over his last four starts. The good news is that DJ recorded a pair of wins, one second place finish and one third place finish in his four tournaments prior to his recent dry spell. Johnson’s got the length, but it remains to be seen if he can manage the often tricky wind conditions that the British Open presents on an almost annual basis, although he has finished in the top 15 in five of the last seven years.

The Insider Pick To Win The Open: Tommy Fleetwood 20/1

Englishman, Tommy Fleetwood can hit it long and straight and that means he’ll have a shot to win this year’s British Open – if he can overcome the pressure that is always associated with being a home favorite. The 26-year-old who, ironically, hails from Southport, finished fourth at this year’s U.S. Open and second at the WGC Championships in Mexico in March, while also winning the HNA Open de France in June and the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in January. Make no mistake about it people, it could happen for Fleetwood.

The Long Shot Pick To Win The Open: Lee Westwood 60/1

Last but not least, another Englishman, 44-year-old Lee Westwood is my pick to upset the entire field as a 60/1 longshot after finishing 55th at the U.S. Open, 65th at the Players Championship an encouraging 18th at the Masters. Westwood also finished 10th at the HNA Open de France on June, 15th at the Nordea Masters and eighth at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in January. Sure he’s going to have to battle, but the Worksop native will have a shot to pull off the outright upset.

The Complete British Open Odds

Player Odds To Win
Dustin Johnson 11/1
Jordan Spieth 12/1
Jon Rahm 12/1
Rory McIlroy 15/1
Sergio Garcia 15/1
Rickie Fowler 15/1
Justin Rose 15/1
Jason Day 20/1
Hideki Matsuyama 20/1
Tommy Fleetwood 20/1
Henrik Stenson 25/1
Adam Scott 25/1
Brooks Koepka 30/1
Phil Mickelson 30/1
Paul Casey 30/1
Justin Thomas 40/1
Louis Oosthuizen 40/1
Thomas Pieters 40/1
Branden Grace 40/1
Alex Noren 40/1
Patrick Reed 50/1
Martin Kaymer 60/1
Shane Lowry 60/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 60/1
Brandt Snedeker 60/1
Lee Westwood 60/1
Tyrrell Hatton 60/1
Marc Leishman 60/1
Daniel Berger 60/1
Matt Kuchar 80/1
Charl Schwartzel 80/1
Zach Johnson 80/1
Francesco Molinari 80/1
Ian Poulter 80/1
Rafael Cabrera Bello 100/1
Jason Dufner 100/1
Chris Wood 100/1
Bernd Wiesberger 100/1
Ross Fisher 100/1
Andy Sullivan 100/1
J.B. Holmes 125/1
Si Woo Kim 125/1
Bubba Watson 125/1
Kevin Kisner 125/1
Bill Haas 125/1
Russell Henley 125/1
Brian Harman 125/1
Charley Hoffman 125/1
Padraig Harrington 125/1
Emiliano Grillo 125/1
Thorbjorn Olesen 125/1
Andrew Johnston 125/1
Hideto Tanihara 125/1
Byeong Hun An 150/1
Adam Hadwin 150/1
Ryan Moore 150/1
Kevin Chappell 150/1
Jimmy Walker 150/1
Russell Knox 150/1
Billy Horschel 150/1
Tony Finau 150/1
Steve Stricker 150/1
Gary Woodland 150/1
Soren Kjeldsen 150/1
Martin Laird 150/1
Peter Uihlein 150/1
Kyle Stanley 150/1
Brendan Steele 200/1
Pat Perez 200/1
Cameron Smith 200/1
Kevin Na 200/1
William McGirt 200/1
Webb Simpson 200/1
Joost Luiten 200/1
Jamie Lovemark 200/1
Charles Howell III 200/1
Xander Schauffele 200/1
Danny Willett 250/1
Brandon Stone 250/1
Haotong Li 250/1
Stewart Cink 250/1
Ernie Els 250/1
Jeunghun Wang 250/1
Sean O’Hair 250/1
Anirban Lahiri 250/1
Richard Bland 250/1
Dylan Frittelli 250/1
Pablo Larrazabal 250/1
Alexander Levy 250/1
Fabrizio Zanotti 250/1
Sung Kang 250/1
Matthew Southgate 250/1
Ryan Fox 250/1
Wesley Bryan 300/1
K.T. Kim 300/1
David Horsey 300/1
Jhonattan Vegas 300/1
Scott Hend 300/1
Aaron Baddeley 300/1
Thongchai Jaidee 300/1
Paul Waring 300/1
David Lipsky 300/1
Alexander Bjork 300/1
Julian Suri 300/1
Richie Ramsay 300/1
David Drysdale 300/1
Robert Streb 300/1
Younghan Song 500/1
Roberto Castro 500/1
Phachara Khongwatmai 500/1
Paul Lawrie 500/1
Jbe’ Kruger 500/1
Darren Fichardt 500/1
Yuta Ikeda 500/1
Yusaku Miyazato 500/1
Maverick McNealy 500/1
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 500/1
Shiv Kapur 500/1
Austin Connelly 500/1
Sebastian Munoz 500/1
Prayad Marksaeng 1000/1
Michael Hendry 1000/1
Matthew Griffin 1000/1
Ashley Hall 1000/1
Adam Bland 1000/1
Paul Broadhurst 1000/1
Stuart Manley 1000/1
Luca Cianchetti 1000/1
Tom Lehman 1000/1
John Daly 1000/1
Mark O’Meara 1000/1
Chan Kim 1000/1
Yikeun Chang 1000/1
Giwhan Kim 1000/1
Shaun Norris 1000/1
Kent Bulle 1000/1
Harry Ellis 1000/1
Toby Tree 1000/1
Haydn McCullen 1000/1
Mark Foster 1000/1
Joe Dean 1000/1
Robert Dinwiddie 1000/1
Connor Syme 1000/1
Laurie Canter 1000/1
Darren Clarke 2000/1
David Duval 2000/1
Todd Hamilton 2000/1
Nicholas McCarthy 2000/1
Adam Hodkinson 2000/1
Ryan McCarthy 2000/1
Sandy Lyle 3000/1
MLB Top Games July 17-23

MLB Top Games July 17-23

With the 2017 MLB all-star a thing of the past, it’s time to buckle down and make some cold hard cash as we move into the second half of the regular season. This look at the top games of the coming week, will both inform and entertain baseball betting enthusiasts everywhere while giving a hint into just what you can expect in each matchup.

Top MLB Games July 17-23

St. Louis Cardinals at NY Mets
Wednesday, July 19, 7:10 PM ET, Citi Field
TV: ESPN

Analysis: Jacob deGrom will take the mound for the Mets, opposite St. Louis’ yet to be named starter. deGrom has compiled a perfect 6-0 mark with a 1.53 ERA over his past six starts while tossing at least seven innings each time out. The bad news is that the right-hander gave up a career-high four home runs against St. Louis on July 7 the last time he faced the Cards. New York is 4-6 over their last 10 while St. Louis has gone 5-5 over the same stretch.

Washington Nationals at LA Angels
Wednesday, July 19, 10:07 PM ET, Angel Stadium of Anaheim
TV: ESPN

Analysis: Washington lefty, Gio Gonzalez had his best start of the season on Friday, by limiting Cincinnati to just four hits in 8.1 shutout innings. L.A. right-hander Ricky Nolasco limited Tampa Bay to one run on two hits in seven innings in his last start on Friday. The 34-year-old veteran has a solid 3.65 career ERA in 23 career appearances, including 21 starts, against Washington. The Nats have compiled an impressive 29-17 mark on the road this season while the Halos have gone 24-21 at home.

St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
Friday, July 21, 2:20 PM ET, Wrigley Field
TV: FS-M, MLBN

Analysis: Chicago right-hander Jake Arrieta will take the mound against St. Louis’s yet to be named starter in their Friday night NL Central divisional battle. Arrieta limited Baltimore to two runs on four hits in 6.2 innings, although he did give up his 15h home run of the season in the process, which is just one short of the figure he gave up all of last season. The veteran hurler is 1-1 in two starts against St. Louis this season. Chicago is +4 (24-20) at home this season while St. Louis is -5 (18-23) on the road.

Houston Astros at Baltimore Orioles
Friday, July 21, 7:05 PM ET , Oriole Park at Camden Yards
TV: MLBN, MASN

Analysis: While neither team in this matchup has yet to name their starter for this Friday night showdown, the Astros have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games, but Baltimore will almost assuredly put up a big-time fight, seeing as how they’ve gone 25-19 at home this season. Unfortunately for Baltimore, they’ve gone 2-8 over their last 10 games at the time of this writing while Houston has gone 7-3 over the same span.

Mid-season Odds & Picks To Win 2017 World Series

Mid-Season Odds & Picks To Win 2017 World Series

The second half of the 2017 MLB Season starts on Friday, July 14. Will the teams that were hot in the first half of the season remain hot in the second half? I’m not so sure. Below, I write about the L.A. Dodgers, who were on fire to end the first half. I also make my picks for the smart, and longshot play to win this year’s World Series.

Mid-season Odds & Picks To Win 2017 World Series

TEAM OPENING ODDS CURRENT ODDS
Los Angeles Dodgers 10-1 3-1
Houston Astros 12-1 9-2
Boston Red Sox 10-1 5
Washington Nationals 10-1 6
Cleveland Indians 12-1 7
Chicago Cubs 3-1 12
Arizona Diamondbacks 100-1 18
Colorado Rockies 60-1 20
New York Yankees 25-1 20
Kansas City Royals 30-1 20
St. Louis Cardinals 20-1 25
Milwaukee Brewers 100-1 30
Tampa Bay Rays 60-1 50
Seattle Mariners 25-1 60
Texas Rangers 16-1 60
Los Angeles Angels 100-1 100
Pittsburgh Pirates 30-1 100
Atlanta Braves 100-1 100
Minnesota Twins 100-1 100
New York Mets 12-1 100
Toronto Blue Jays 14-1 100
Miami Marlins 40-1 200
Chicago White Sox 60-1 200
Baltimore Orioles 20-1 200
Detroit Tigers 20-1 300
San Francisco Giants 16-1 500
Cincinnati Reds 100-1 500
Oakland Athletics 100-1 500
San Diego Padres 100-1 2000
Philadelphia Phillies 100-1 9999

The Odds-On Favorite To Win The 2017 World Series: Los Angeles Dodgers 3/1

The Dodgers should be the favorites. The key is how Alex Wood continues to pitch. If Wood is as hot in the second half as he was in the first half, the odds on L.A. should continue to slide. Wood went 10-0. He also recorded a 1.67 ERA and a .89 WHIP in the first half. Clayton Kershaw is good. The bullpen is ranked second in ERA.

There are a ton of reasons to like the L.A. Dodgers. But, this is baseball. What are the chances of Wood remaining hot? They aren’t that great. I’ll look elsewhere.

The Insider Pick To Win The 2017 World Series: Boston Red Sox 5/1

Chris Sale is on his way to another Cy Young. The Red Sox ace has a 2.75 ERA, an 11-4 record, and a .90 WHIP. He can pitch 7 or 8 innings every night.

The key for the Red Sox is pitcher David Price. Price was hurt for most of the first half of the season. When he returned, he started slow, but in his last couple of starts before the All-Star Break, he was terrific. He didn’t yield an earned run against Texas on July 4. On July 9, he yielded only 2 earned runs. If Price can get even better, the Red Sox are going to be tough to beat. The bullpen is solid while they bat about as well as anybody in MLB.

The Long Shot To Win The 2017 World Series: Kansas City Royals 20/1

Watch out for the KC Royals. The team that won the World Series only 2 years ago is now only 3 games behind last year’s AL Pennant winner, Cleveland. Can the Royals make up enough ground to win the division? Yes, they can. KC’s line-up is starting to get hot with Mike Moustakas hitting homers in 3 out of the last 5 KC games before the All-Star Break.

Not only that, but Jason Vargas is having a career year as a pitcher. Vargas had a 2.62 ERA, a 12-3 record, and a 1.15 WHIP in the first half. If Vargas remains hot, KC should be right there. 20 to 1 odds aren’t bad on a team with World Series experience.

CONCACAF Gold Cup

The top soccer squads from North & Central America and the Caribbean are battling it out for continental supremacy at the 14th edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Mexico has won three of the past four Gold Cups. Team USA was responsible for breaking up their recent dominance.

At the time of writing Team USA is 0-0-1 after a draw against Panama. The American squad faces Martinique and Nicaragua this week.

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2017 MLB All-Star Game Odds & Analysis

MLB All-Star Game Odds

Finally, the MLB did the right thing. The 2017 edition of the MLB All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage for the World Series. The players will now be fueled by monetary incentives.

Every player on the All-Star Game winning team will receive a $20,000 bonus. With only a handful of teams in the World Series contention, cash is a motivator for everyone. The game is scheduled to start this Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET on Fox Sports, from the Marlins Park, in Miami, Florida.

2017 MLB All-Star Game Odds & Analysis

What: 2017 MLB All-Star Game
When: Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET  
Where: Miami, Florida
Stadium: Marlins Park
Odds: American League +105 vs National League -115
Game Total: 8.5
Watch: FOX Sports
Stream: Fox Sports Go

Why Bet The American League To Beat The National League

The AL All-Stars are 13-3-1 in the last 17 All-Star games.

With the NL adding power to the lineup, the AL will have a lot of arm-strength to counter. The starting pitchers (Chris Sale, Ervin Santana and Jason Vargas) have combined for 33 wins and just 13 losses this season. None of them have an ERA over 2.99 in the season.

And of course, they will also have the number one attraction in the MLB right now in outfielder Aaron Judge. If the Yankee rookie settles in early, he should send one or two out of the park.

American League Starters

  • First base: Justin Smoak, Toronto Blue Jays
  • Second base: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
  • Shortstop: Carlos Correa, Houston Astros
  • Third base: Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians
  • Catcher: Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
  • Outfield: Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
  • Outfield: Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox (replaced Mike Trout)
  • Outfield: George Springer, Houston Astros
  • Designated hitter: Corey Dickerson, Tampa Bay Rays

American League Pitchers

  • SP: Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox
  • SP: Ervin Santana, Minnesota Twins
  • SP: Jason Vargas, Kansas City Royals
  • SP: Luis Severino, New York Yankees
  • SP: Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays
  • SP: Lance McCullers, Houston Astros
  • RP: Craig Kimbrel, Boston Red Sox
  • RP: Andrew Miller, Cleveland Indians
  • RP: Dellin Betances, New York Yankees
  • RP: Chris Devenski, Houston Astros
  • RP: Brandon Kintzler, Minnesota Twins
  • RP: Roberto Osuna, Toronto Blue Jays

American League Reserves

  • C: Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees
  • 1B: Yonder Alonso, Oakland A’s
  • 2B: Jonathan Schoop, Baltimore Orioles
  • 2B: Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners
  • 3B: Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins
  • 3B: Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals (final vote winner)
  • SS: Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
  • OF: Avisail Garcia, Chicago White Sox
  • OF: Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians
  • DH: Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners

Why Bet The National League To Beat The American League

The National League has lost the last four All-Star games in a row. Their last win came in 2012. This is the perfect time to snap out of their losing streak and collect some good money out it.

It also helps when you have power bats in the starting lineup. The Washington Nationals trio of outfielder Bryce Harper, first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and second baseman Daniel Murphy have combined for 192 RBIs this season so far.

Backing them up on the NL roster are a few more heavy hitters. Outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Cody Bellinger, shortstop Corey Seager, and first basemen Joey Votto and Paul Goldschmidt all have the ability to hit their way to 20K.

National League Starters

  • 1B: Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
  • 2B: Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals
  • SS: Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds
  • 3B: Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
  • C: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
  • OF: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
  • OF: Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies
  • OF: Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins
  • OF: Justin Upton, Detroit Tigers

National League Pitchers

  • SP: Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
  • SP: Robbie Ray, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • SP: Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • SP: Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals
  • SP: Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
  • SP: Alex Wood, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • RP: Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • RP: Greg Holland, Colorado Rockies
  • RP: Wade Davis, Chicago Cubs
  • RP: Brad Hand, San Diego Padres
  • RP: Corey Knebel, Milwaukee Brewers
  • RP: Pat Neshek, Philadelphia Phillies

National League Reserves

  • C: Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
  • 1B: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • 1B: Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
  • 2B: DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies
  • 2B: Josh Harrison, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 3B: Jake Lamb, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • 3B: Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers (final vote winner)
  • SS: Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • OF: Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • OF: Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
  • OF: Michael Conforto, New York Mets
  • OF: Ender Inciarte, Atlanta Braves
Home Run Derby Odds & Picks

Home Run Derby Odds & Picks

The 2017 MLB All-Star Game takes place this Tuesday, July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. After taking the HR crown last year, Miami’s top home run hitter, Giancarlo Stanton, is the favorite to win the Home Run Derby on Monday during All-Star Game Festivities. Is Giancarlo a good bet at +120? Or is Aaron Judge the smart bet? Keep reading to find out.

Home Run Derby Odds & Picks

  • Giancarlo Stanton +120
  • Aaron Judge +165
  • Cody Bellinger +900
  • Mike Moustakas +1400
  • Charlie Blackmon +1400
  • Miguel Sano +1400
  • Justin Bour +1600
  • Gary Sanchez +2000

What: 2017 Home Run Derby
When: Monday, July 10th, 2017
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET  
Where: Miami, Florida
Stadium: Marlins Park
Watch: ESPN

The Favorite To Win The Home Run Derby: Giancarlo Stanton +120

Last season, Stanton hit the most dingers in the Home Run Derby. It was his first Home Run Derby victory. Since Stanton gets to launch homers at the plate he’s most comfortable standing at, it makes sense why his odds are so low. Stanton should have this in the bag, right?

Maybe not. Giancarlo has hit 23 home runs this season. He doesn’t lead MLB in home runs even though he has more at-bats, 311, than any of the 5 players ahead of him that have hit more home runs than he has. At the odds, he’s a play against. 

The Smart Bet To Win The Home Run Derby:  Aaron Judge +165

New York’s 2017 breakout star leads MLB in home runs. He has a crazy 29 on the season. Judge also has 65 RBIs and a .331 batting average. The .331 batting average is what impresses me. Not only can Judge hit for power, he can also hit for average. That’s rare. Mike Trout and Bryce Harper are the only other 2 players that I believe can do that.

Judge can hit home runs out of any park. At 6’ 7”, 280 lbs, he’s big enough to get contact on pitches outside of the strike zone. He’s powerful enough to drive those balls wherever he wants them to go. It’s hard for me to see Judge not winning the Home Run Derby on Monday.  

The Longshot Pick To Win The Home Run Derby:  Mike Moustakas +1400

Moose has 25 home runs this season. He’s tied with George Springer for second place on the home runs list. What I like about Moustakas is he’s been hot in recent games. From his last 10, Moustakas has 6 home runs. He hit a home run at Detroit on June 28. On June 30, he hit a home run versus Minnesota. The next day versus the Twins, Moustakas hit another home run.

Moustakas hit 3 home runs, one each day, from July 3 through July 5. He’s hot. Don’t look it past Moustakas to go yard time and again on July 10. I think he’s worth a look at 14 to 1 odds.

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UFC 213 – Nunes Vs Shevchenko 2

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The main event between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko will be for the women’s bantamweight title. This will be their second tilt after Nunes beat Shevchenko via unanimous decision last March. The line opened tight, with Nunes being pegged as a slight -125 favorite and Shevchenko at -105.

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Lonzo Ball Prop Betting Odds

Lonzo Ball Prop Betting Odds

While his dad is a loud-mouthed jackass of the highest degree (It takes one to know one) that almost no one outside of his family can stand, the fact of the matter is that former UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball is a terrific player that does and says all the right things both on and off the court.

After becoming the second overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in this year’s recently completed NBA draft, Ball will hit the floor in L.A. as a rookie looking to lead the once proud franchise out of its recent historic struggles and back into prominence.

Now, thanks to the recent release of some value-packed props odds on the pass-first point guard, you could cash in big if you think you know how many points and assists Ball will average for the Lakers as a rookie once the 2017-18 season gets underway.

Lonzo Ball Prop Betting Odds

How Many Points Per Game Will Lonzo Ball Average As A Rookie?

  • Over 10.5 (-155)
  • Under 10.5 (+115)

The still, 20-year-old Ball averaged 14.6 points per game as a freshman at UCLA this past season and I believe he’s a virtual lock to average over 10.5 points per game as a rookie with the Lakers if he starts at point guard, which, right now, looks like the plan.

The Lakers have veteran combo guard Jordan Clarkson on their roster, but he’s not really a point guard, so he likely won’t cut into Ball’s minutes very much this coming season. The only other floor leader the Lakers currently have on their roster is Tyler Ennis and he certainly won’t start over the No. 2 overall pick in the draft.

With leading scorer D’Angelo Russell gone, the Lakers’ best scorers are Brook Lopez, Clarkson, Nick Young, forward Julius Randle and 2016 No. 2 overall pick Brandon Ingram, so Ball should get his share of shot opportunities. So, in essence, unless the Lakers add a veteran point guard to help ease the transition to the NBA, Ball will start and almost assuredly average over 10.5 points per game.

How Many Assists Per Game Will Lonzo Ball Average As A Rookie?

  • Over 5 (-900)
  • Under 5 (+500)

Ball averaged a healthy 7.6 assists per game for UCLA last season and I believe he’s a lock to drop over five dimes per game as a rookie with the Lakers, even though they still need more shooters.

Ball will be able to get a few assists each game by simply passing to Brook Lopez and he’ll add a couple of more by passing it to Clarkson, Randle and the blossoming Ingram. The thing that Lonzo Ball does best is share the rock and make his teammates better, much like another famous Lakers point guard. More importantly, all Ball wants to do is win, so I believe he’ll make the right play far more often than not, even as a wide-eyed rookie.

This pick is an absolute lock, so I say jump all over it before the odds change. Lonzo ball will easily average over 5.0 assists per game as a rookie for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017-18.

2017-18 NBA Rookie Of The Year Odds & Picks 

2017-18 NBA Rookie Of The Year Odds & Picks

The NBA Draft was last Thursday. Already, our Oddsmakers have released the odds on NBA Rookie of the Year.

2017-18 NBA Rookie Of The Year Odds & Picks

PLAYER TEAM ODDS
Ben Simmons PHI +200
Lonzo Ball LAL +200
Markelle Fultz PHI +500
Dennis Smith, Jr DAL +750
De’Aaaron Fox SAC +900
Malik Monk CHA +900
Josh Jackson PHX +1200
Jayson Tatum BOS +1800
Justin Jackson SAC +2500
Jonathan Isaac ORL +3300
Luke Kennard DET +3300
Donovan Mitchell UTA +3300
Lauri Markkanen CHI +3300
Frank Ntilikina NY +3300
Zach Collins POR +4000
Derrick White SA +4000

The Favorites to Win the 2017-18 NBA Rookie Of The Year:  Ben Simmons/Lonzo Ball +200

Ben Simmons and Lonzo Ball are the co-favorites at +200 to win. Ball has been christened the next Kobe Bryant. L.A. Laker fans are ga-ga over Ball’s passing skills. His father, LaVarr Ball, has been a huge part of how Laker fans view his son.

Hey, I get it. But, just because LaVarr believes his son is the next coming of Magic, Kobe, or MJ, I don’t have to. To me, Ball isn’t nowhere near ready to be the floor general that Magic expects him to be. He didn’t seem like a leader while playing for UCLA.

I’m not in love with the odds, either. The best rookie this season should be last year’s number 1 pick, Ben Simmons. It’s possible for Simmons to win rookie of year because he didn’t play a single game last season.

For those who don’t remember, Simmons was being hailed as the next LeBron James. He has excellent passing skills, he can shoot the three, he can drive to the basket. He can also play consistent defense, something that many rookies in this year’s class can’t do.

The Value Hunter’s Pick:  De’Aaron Fox +900

Rumor has it that Sacramento was so keen on drafting De’Aaron Fox that they considered trading up. They didn’t have to after Philly grabbed Markelle Fultz, and the Lakers drafted Lonzo Ball. Phoenix probably should have thought about Fox at 4. The Suns drafted Josh Jackson from Kansas.

Why was Sacramento so interested in Fox? He’s a blaze. No, seriously. He might already be the fastest player in the NBA without playing a single game. What’s even better for the Kings is that Fox almost always makes the right pass on the fast break.

His lone knock is developing a three-point shot. The Kings aren’t worried because Fox is going to start in the backcourt with Buddy Hield. Hield can shoot the rock.

The Longshot Pick To Win Rookie Of The Year: Jonathan Isaac +3300

I love the fact that Jonathan Isaac started playing high school as a point-guard. He developed excellent passing skills, a feel for the game from the PG position, and a nice outside shot. What’s great about Isaac? He’s 6’ 10” with the type of frame that could allow him to gain 20 to 30 lbs.

The Orlando Magic drafted Isaac at number six. He could turn out to be the best player from this draft. That’s called value. A lot of times, the NBA favorite for Rookie of the Year does squat. I’d seriously consider putting a few bucks on Isaac.