2012 NBA Draft Betting Recap at Bovada
The curtain on the 2011-12 NBA season officially closed with last Thursday's draft and Bovada offered more draft props than any other book. Here's a recap of how bettors fared.
The most popular prop was on a player who wasn't in the draft: Orlando Magic superstar center Dwight Howard and whether he would get traded by the end of the draft. Despite many rumors, especially surrounding the Houston Rockets, Howard stayed put for now. But it's only a matter of time before the Magic deal him after Howard officially requested a trade to Brooklyn recently. But with the Nets having acquired Atlanta All-Star guard Joe Johnson on Monday - that will be made official on July 11 - they don't have the assets or the cap room to get Howard now.
That Howard wasn't dealt with a win for players. No went off at -160 and took the heavy lean, with yes Howard getting traded at the draft was +120.
Everyone knew that Kentucky's Anthony Davis, the national player of the year in college basketball as a freshman, would go first overall last week and the New Orleans Hornets snapped him right up. The real draft drama started at No. 2 with Charlotte. The Bobcats reportedly were leaning toward Kansas' Thomas Robinson but instead took Davis' Kentucky teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at No. 2 overall (Robinson went No. 5 to Sacramento). That affected two props: Who would go No. 2 overall, Robinson at -250 or any other player at +170, and would Kidd-Gilchrist (-150), North Carolina's Harrison Barnes (+150) or any other player (also +150) go No. 4 overall, where Cleveland picked.
The No. 2 overall prop was a win for players, while the Cavs surprised many by taking Syracuse's Dion Waiters at No. 4. That was a win for the book, with Barnes taking the lean there. He went No. 7 to Golden State.
Florida guard Bradley Beal was long targeted at No. 3 by Washington and the Wizards were able to land him. Beal was at -200 to go No. 3 but the book won there with the majority lean on any other player at +170.
Two of the most polarizing players in the draft in terms of scouts' opinions were Baylor big man Perry Jones III and Duke guard Austin Rivers. Jones had an over/under of 14.5 for his draft position but surprisingly fell to Oklahoma City at No. 28. The over was a win for players, while Rivers was at over/under 10.5 and the players won with under when he went at No. 10 to join Davis on the Hornets.
The top international prospect in this year's draft was French guard Evan Fournier and there was a prop on if he would be drafted in the first round. He was, at No. 20 by Denver and that was a win for bettors. However, the book won on the prop on whether Michigan State's Draymond Green would be a first-rounder. He wasn't, going No. 35 to Golden State.
Overall there were four Kentucky players taken in the first round, with forward Terrence Jones (No. 18 to Houston) and guard Marquis Teague (No. 29 to Chicago) joining Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist. The over/under for Kentucky players to go in Round 1 was 4.5, while Jones' draft position was over/under 17.5. The players won on both props.
Check back Thursday for a look at Bovada's 2012-13 season props on the Hornets' Davis as well as an early Rookie of the Year betting glance - Davis, as one would expect, is the big favorite for that award.
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