NBA Draft and Baseball Notebook

Let's face it ... The city of New Orleans remains the epicenter of this week's NBA Draft. After all, we've already seen the blockbuster deal involving one-time Pelicans' star Anthony Davis headed to the Los Angeles Lakers with N'Orleans nabbing three different first-round draft picks as part of that huge haul.

Now, the Pels are set to select Duke's Zion Williamson with the first pick in this year's draft come Thursday night in Brooklyn plus they could be movers-and-shakers in Round I. Remember that New Orleans owns the Lakers' top pick - that's #4 overall -- and there is scuttlebutt that NO's basketball guru David Griffin could look to trade that pick to Atlanta for a pair of Hawks' first-rounders (Atlanta currently owns picks #8, #10 and #17). Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, from a wagering standpoint there figures to be a batch of prop plays out there such as the following ...

  1. How many players will be drafted in Round I from Duke / North Carolina / Kentucky?
    If the over/under here is 8 or 8.5, then go "over" here as we project Williamson, RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish from Duke getting snapped up in Round I while Coby White, Naz Little and Cam Johnson from North Carolina along with Kentucky's PJ Washington, Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson all should go in the opening round. It's possible that Kentucky's Johnson could slide to Round II, but we believe he's a top 25 pick.
  2. How many Pac-12 players will get selected in the NBA's first round?
    Oregon's Bol Bol, USC's Kevin Porter, Arizona State's Luguentz Dort and Stanford's KZ Okpala all are expected to land in Round I of this week's draft so let the number here be four Pac-12 players ... and no more than that.
  3. Finally, if given a prop play of how many draft night trades we'll see, go over. Folks, starting with that above-mentioned Davis-to-Lakers deal there could be eight or nine different trades in the opening round alone! Don't be at all surprised if the Pelicans trade out of that fourth pick, if Phoenix (at #6) and Chicago (#7) both trade down and if Boston moves into the top 10 to potentially give the Celtics four picks in the draft's top 22 picks.

P.S., if you're looking for any NBA veterans to be on the move, then consider Cleveland's Kevin Love, Washington's Bradley Beal and / or Memphis PG Michael Conley as most likely to be dealt and - again, for potential prop plays - we say Love goes to New Orleans, Beal goes to Boston and Conley goes to the Miami Heat.



Don't look now but there are 10 teams in the American League that are in the minus column money-wise when it comes to playing at home ... that's two-thirds of the junior circuit that are cash-burners but some of 'em are really crushing folks who believe in solely betting home teams:

  • The Baltimore Orioles - surprise, surprise - are $-1678 while sporting a really rotten 9-28 home record at Camden Yards;
  • The Detroit Tigers enter Tuesday's action at $-1135 while going a crummy 11-24 at home;
  • Next worst is Toronto ($-966) and Seattle ($-906) while going a combined 25-48 at home;
  • And lest we forget that the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox enter Tuesday night at just 17-17 at Fenway Park for a net loss of $-732.

Interestingly enough, in the National League there are seven teams that sport a money loss when wagered on at home with the worst of the bunch the woe-be-gone Miami Marlins ($-696) who are 13-25 in their own back yard this season. The biggest surprise NL home-team loser - so far - are the Arizona Diamondbacks who weigh in at $-327 as hosts with a 14-16 home mark.

In case you're wondering, the AL's best bet at home so far this year are the Texas Rangers who are a $+1711 while going a nifty 25-12 at home through June 17th. The NL's best bet at home thus far are the Los Angeles Dodgers at $+728, thanks to the 28-9 home mark. What might surprise you is the Chicago Cubs - at plus $691 - are the next most profitable home team and who would have thought that after the Cubbies' sluggish start?