The 2017 NBA Draft concluded on Thursday (6/22) night, and BetOnline released odds to win 2017-18 Rookie of the Year by Friday morning. The following Monday morning, Bovada added their own Rookie of the Year odds with a few notable discrepancies.
The table below displays the opening and current odds which include Ben Simmons, the first overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft. Simmons missed all of the 2016-17 season after breaking his right foot and will be classified as a rookie for the upcoming season.
|Player||Team||Bovada (6/26)||BetOnline (6/24)||BetOnline (6/23)|
|Dennis Smith, Jr||DAL||+700||+750||+1200|
The #1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft was Markelle Fultz to Philly, but he opened +500 to win Rookie of the Year at BetOnline. The #2 pick, Lonzo Ball, has better odds at +200. The #3 pick, Jayson Tatum, is a longshot at +1800 behind the #4 pick Josh Jackson (+1200) and others.
We’ve already seen Simmons drop from +150 to +200 at BetOnline, so he’s now the co-favorite along with Ball. There’s also been a sizable move toward Dennis Smith Jr, who opened +1200 but now has the 4th-best odds at +750. If you want to bet a player that isn’t on the list, simply contact your sportsbook and ask if they can make it available. For what it’s worth, it’s interesting to see that Ball is actually a slight favorite over Simmons at Bovada,
As for specific player props, Bookmaker has them available for the top two picks in the draft for the 2017-18 regular season:
Fultz opened with 12.5 PPG and 2.5 APG at the normal juice, but both now heavily juiced on the OVER.
Ball opened with 10.5 PPG and 4.5 APG. Ball’s PPG remains unchanged, but his APG moved from 4.5 to 5, and now heavily juiced on the OVER.
Here are the current O/U prop bets available for the new rookies via Bookmaker:
- Markelle Fultz Points Per Game: 12.5 (o-250, u+180)
- Markelle Fultz Assists Per Game: 2.5 (o-200, u+155)
- Lonzo Ball Points Per Game: 10.5 (o-115, u-115)
- Lonzo Ball Assists Per Game: 5 (o-500, u+330)
We’ll continue to update odds throughout the year because there will undoubtedly be changes. For instance, Malcolm Brogdon was an underdog to win the 2016-17 NBA Rookie of the Year AFTER the season ended, but is still expected to take home the award.