Dan Karpuc: New Orleans Pelicans +4000, PointsBet
While they haven’t exactly figured out the puzzle yet, I’m so high on this team. Let’s start with star power: Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and C.J. McCollum fill that need. Jonas Valanciunas and Larry Nance Jr. can both man the 5 and match up against traditional and small-ball lineups. Herb Jones and Jose Alvarado are elite perimeter defenders. Trey Murphy III has shown glimpses of being a dynamic offensive player. Rookie Dyson Daniels has the makings of a future star based on his size, explosiveness and current skillset as a teenager. Others like Devonte’ Graham, Naji Marshall, Willy Hernangomez and Jaxson Hayes can also step in and fill it up. This is one of the deepest teams in the league and once coach Willie Green figures out the most logical rotations, watch out! Give me them at 36/1 right now -- these are likely the longest odds you’ll get for the rest of the year.
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Lucy Burdge: Boston Celtics (+500, FanDuel)
The Celtics have been dominating so far this season and remain the favorite to win the Finals this year. They just snapped a nine-game winning streak and I don’t see them slowing down anytime soon. This team is gelling despite their coaching drama, and I think they can sustain this throughout the season and win the NBA Finals.
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Dan straight-up stole my pick! While I think New Orleans is the best value on the board with the highest talent potential, the 76ers have to be a close second at +2200. After starting 9-8 while suffering through injuries to James Harden, Tyrese Maxey and now Joel Embiid, Philly's title odds have taken an early hit, which is great for us. But if that Big 3 ever gets healthy -- and that's a big "if" -- watch out. This is buying low on the 'Sixers and hoping that they can get healthy and hit their stride at the right time. If so, maybe they can find some of that "Philly Special" magic that propelled the Phillies to the World Series and the Eagles to a 9-1 start.
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