2017-18 Season Props
October 16, 2017
"Big Three" Scoring Props for NBA
Ever since the Boston Celtics put Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett on the floor together over a decade ago, the theory in the NBA has been that it takes three superstars to win a championship.
Most teams nowadays that are able to pull off their edition of the "Big Three" do so by combining some homegrown talent with one massive free agent signing or trade acquisition.
BookMaker.eu has posted NBA season-long props for three of the biggest "Big Threes" in the 2017-18 NBA season.
Golden State Warriors – Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson
The "Big Three" that everyone is chasing in the NBA has an over/under of 70.5 points per game between them this season. The Warriors' trio has the problem of having a few more mouths to feed than the average team. Draymond Green is going to get his, and there are going to be games where men like Andre Iguodala or Shaun Livingston eat some points up too.
Still, Durant moving to Golden State clearly adjusted the balance of power even heavier towards the Bay Area last year, and the fact that both he and Curry averaged over 28 points per game in the postseason probably tells you all you need to know.
All three of Curry, Durant and Thompson averaged at least 22 points per game last season. They combined to put up 72.7 points per game in their first year together, and it's hard to envision them not being at least that good this year.
Oklahoma City Thunder – Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony
We all know what a beast Westbrook was last season when he had the Thunder all by himself. He averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 boards and 10.4 assists per game. That said, the team only won 47 games, and Westbrook was never satisfied knowing that OKC was nowhere near contending for a championship.
In the offseason, the Thunder went out and acquired both Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. Now, Oklahoma City has its second incarnation of its "Big Three."
The last time the Thunder had a "Big Three" was in 2012-12 when they had Durant, Westbrook and James Harden together. Those three combined to average 68.4 points per game in their last year as a trifecta. This current trio of stars is much more advanced; remember that Durant and Westbrook were just 23 at the time while Harden was 22.
The Westbrook/PG13/Melo triumvirate is featuring a combined over/under of 74.5 points per game, the highest of any on the BookMaker.eu prop board.
Minnesota Timberwolves – Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins
The T-Wolves probably have the least likely combination of three superstars on the court at the same time. Towns was an original pick, Wiggins was a product of LeBron James going back to Cleveland and deciding that he'd rather play with Kevin Love, and Butler is simply an acquisition that suggests the team is really going to go for it in the West.
Of all of the "Big Threes," this is probably the one that is going to be the toughest to try and handicap. The Timberwolves are going to be about their defense first and foremost with Tom Thibodeau coaching them up, and that will likely bring Butler's scoring average down significantly from his career-high 23.9 points per game average from last year.
Towns and Wiggins combined to average 48.7 points per game last season, and you'd like to think that they can keep up with that average, even with Butler in town.
But Taj Gibson is also a good scorer from a swing forward position, and Jeff Teague is a lot more of a scoring point guard than Ricky Rubio was with this team last year.
The talent is there for the craziest "Big Three" to go well past its combined points per game total of 68.5, but there surely is a lot going against this unit as well.
NBA Props - per BookMaker.eu
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Will the NBA Fine Any Team For Resting Healthy Players During National TV Games in 2017-18?
Will Russell Westbrook Average a Triple-Double for the 2017-18 Regular Season?
Will Giannis Antetokounmpo Finish in the NBA Top 15 for Total Points, Rebounds, Assists, Steals and Blocks?
Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony Combined PPG for 2017-18 Regular Season
Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson Combined PPG for 2017-18 Regular Season
Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins Combined PPG for 2017-18 Regular Season
DeMarcus Cousins Number of Technical Fouls for 2017-18 Regular Season
Russell Westbrook Number of Technical Fouls for 2017-18 Regular Season
Blake Griffin Number of Games Played for 2017-18 Regular Season
Isaiah Thomas Number of Games Played for 2017-18 Regular Season
(Odds Subject to Change - perBookMaker.eu)
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13-4 L17, 21-8 Run, 21-5 G-Plays
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