NBA Rookie Props Odds Betting Picks For Fultz and Ball

Posted by Peter Brennan on Thursday,July 6, 2017 3:45, EST in

One prized point guard has a complete jackass for a father while the other one doesn’t. One highly touted floor leader rarely makes headlines for anything other than his outstanding on-court efforts while the other stays in the news on an almost daily basis – again – because of his know-it-all father. No matter how you feel about the low-key Markelle Fultz and equally reserved (except for his NBA rookie pops) Lonzo Ball, you could cash in big on the pair of point guards once the 2017-18 NBA regular season gets underway.

You see, after going 1-2 to the Philadelphia 76ers and the L.A. Lakers, oddsmakers have created a pair of intriguing player props odds surrounding the rookie seasons of both point guards. More importantly, you’re going to have an excellent idea of just what to expect out of both players during their rookie campaigns thanks to the expert analysis and predictions that you’re about to get. Right now.

NBA Rookie Props Odds Betting Picks For Fultz and Ball

 

 

Markelle N’Gai Fultz Information

Position: Guard
Shoots: Right
Height/Weight: 6-4, 195lb (193cm, 88kg)
Born: May 29, 1998 (Age: 19-039d) in Upper Marlboro, Maryland USA
College: University of Washington
High School: DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Maryland
Recruiting Rank: 2016 (5)
Draft: Philadelphia 76ers, 1st round (1st pick, 1st overall), 2017 NBA Draft
Experience: Rookie

Markelle Fultz Points Per Game

Over 12.5 (-250)
Under 12.5 (+180)

Analysis: Markelle Fultz averaged an impressive 23.2 points per game as a freshman at Washington a year ago while shooting 47.6 percent from the field and a stellar 41.3 percent from beyond the arc for an effective field goal percentage of 53.5%. More importantly, Fultz can get to wherever he wants to on the court and can shoot it from anywhere with efficiency.

The only negative about Fultz’s offensive game is that he shot an uninspiring 64.9 percent from the free throw line. While he’ll likely start for the Sixers at point guard right away, I expect him to put up his fair share of points as the Sixers just don’t have many legitimate scorers that can fill up the basket outside of Fultz, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, J.J. Reddick and Dario Saric.

With Simmons being a 6-9 point forward that can pass it as well as any player in the world his size, I expect Fultz to be on the receiving end of several scoring opportunities while narrowly topping his rookie scoring total props odds.

NBA Rookie Props Odds Pick: Over 12.5 Points Per Game

Markelle Fultz Assists Per Game

Over 2.5 (-200)
Under 2.5 (+155)

Analysis: While Fultz is a shoot-first floor leader that can score the ball almost at will, he’s also got the skill set of a traditional point guard that looks to dish the rock first.

I’m fully expecting Fultz to easily top his low, 2.5-assist total odds by dishing the rock to Embiid, Simmons and Reddick after averaging 5.9 assists per game as a freshman at Washington in 2016. In essence, I’m thinking Markelle Fultz is a virtual lock to top both of his NBA rookie props odds totals.

NBA Rookie Props Odds Pick: Over 2.5 Assists Per Game

How many points per game will Lonzo Ball average to increase his NBA rookie props odds?

Lonzo Anderson Ball Information

Position: Point Guard
Shoots: Right
Height/Weight: 6-6, 195lb (198cm, 86kg)
Born: October 27, 1997 (age 19) in Anaheim, California USA
College: University of California, Los Angeles
High School: Chino Hills High School, California
Draft: Los Angeles Lakers, 2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Experience: Rookie

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

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

Analysis: Ball put up 14.6 points per game as a freshman at UCLA a year ago and should easily be able to top 10.5 points per game as a rookie with the Lakers if he starts right off the bat, which I believe will be Magic Johnson’s plan. Looking at the Lakers’ roster right now, and ball is basically the only true point guard on the team.

Mediocre veteran Tyler Ennis is the only other floor leader the Lakers currently have on their roster and he certainly isn’t going to see more playing time that the prized ball.

With leading scorer D’Angelo Russell jettisoned to the swamps in New Jersey, the Lakers’ best scorers are newly acquired center Brook Lopez and shooting guard Jordan Clarkson, so the Lakers will actually really need Ball to put some points on the board.

As it stands right now, I’m fully expecting Lonzo ball to start and top his 10.5-points per game props odds.

NBA Rookie Props Odds Pick: Over 10.5 Points Per Game

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

Over 5 (-900)
Under 5 (+500)

Analysis: The thing that Lonzo Ball does best is make his teammates better. The 6-6 floor leader put up 7.6 assists per game for as a freshman for UCLA last season and I believe he’ll easily top his assist total props odds.

Ball should get close to five assists per game by passing the rock to Lopez and Clarkson first and foremost as well as 2016 No. 2 overall pick, Brandon Ingram, a natural scorer. Don’t think twice about it, simply back Lonzo ball to easily average over 5.0 assists per game as a rookie for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017-18.

NBA Rookie Props Odds Pick: Over 5 Assists Per Game