The NBA regular season begins this week, and now is the perfect time to look at your favorite team’s preseason odds. DraftKings Sportsbook lists odds for each team to qualify for the playoffs, and the Washington Wizards don’t appear to have a great shot of doing that if you look at those odds.
Oddsmakers have set the market so those sports betting in Maryland have to lay a heavy price if they want to wager on the Wizards missing the playoffs. Let’s take a closer look at some of those prices.
Wizards Odds to Make the NBA Playoffs
Although the Odds for the Wizards to make the playoffs are long, it does mean the payout is nice for those who correctly predict that the Wizards will get to the playoffs. Here are the odds from DraftKings.
- Wizards to make the playoffs: +340
- Wizards to miss the playoffs: -475
The good news is the DraftKings betting menu is not limited to that market. Here is a look at some of the other betting markets and the prices available.
- NBA Championship: 400-to-1
- Eastern Conference Championship: 150-to-1
- South East Division Championship: +2000
- Over 35.5 wins (+100)/Under 35.5 wins (-120)
- Bradley Beal MVP: 110-to-1
- Kristaps Porzingis MVP: 600-to-1
- Johnny Davis Rookie of the Year: +3000
- Rui Hachimura Most Improved Player: +6500
- Kyle Kuzma Most Improved Player: +7500
- Deni Avdija Most Improved Player: +7500
- Wes Unseld Jr. Coach of the Year: +4000
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Washington Wizards Potential Starting Five
Point Guard: Monte Morris projects as the starting point guard for the Wizards this season. In Morris’s last four seasons, he has had an excellent 4.77 assist/turnover ratio. That is while playing with the league’s best passing big man Nikola Jokic. Morris handling the ball more may increase his assist numbers.
Shooting Guard: Bradley Beal, the Wizard’s bona fide go-to player, is looking to return to form and play the majority of the season after struggling with injuries last season. If the Wizards find their way into the playoffs, Beal will likely be in the MVP discussion.
Small Forward: Will Barton is scheduled to be the team’s guard/wing defensive stopper while hopefully being a knockdown three-point shooter, too. Every good NBA team needs several solid three and D guys. Barton, when healthy and playing well, is one of the league’s more capable players in that regard.
Power Forward: Kyle Kuzma is a bit of an enigma, and many wonder what his long-term NBA projection is. Kuzma has averaged 16.1 PPG or more in three of his five NBA seasons, including last season. He is a career 33.9% three-point shooter, and if he could get closer to 35%+ this season, it would be significant for the Wizards to have a double-digit scoring stretch four. Kuzma also averaged a career-high 7.4 RPG last year. If he can do that again, it will help a not-so-deep frontcourt.
Center: Kristaps Porzingis may be the key to this Wizards team, as he is the most up-and-down player, especially considering his injury history. At his best, he is a basketball unicorn capable of doing things no one else in the NBA can do. At his worst, he is a guy who can’t stay healthy, and his perimeter-oriented game can drive fans nuts when he is often a half-foot taller than every other player on the floor.
Wizards Projected Rotation Players off the Bench
Front Court: The players coming off the bench that will play in the frontcourt and maybe a little wing are the more substantial group within the reserves. Each player’s game has a low floor and some potentially high ceiling aspects.
- Deni Avdija: A solid wing/forward defender with lots of versatility who needs to improve his consistency on offense to reach his potential.
- Daniel Gafford: A guy who Wizards fans hope is the backup center and that Porzingis can stay healthy. Gafford is a solid backup center with a strong rim protector and a good rebounder.
- Rui Hachimura: If he can replicate his second half of the season catch and shoot a three-point percentage (47%), it would be a huge step forward in the Japan national’s career.
Back Court: An area where the Wizards have to hope someone emerges or they find a diamond in the rough somewhere. If they don’t, it could be scary to think how many minutes Morris and Beal will have to play for the Wizards to be at their best.
- Corey Kispert: As a rookie last season, Kispert showed some flashes, particularly after the All-Star break when he got more opportunities.
- Delon Wright: A solid defender, a decent ball handler and will likely play many of the backup point guard minutes; Wright is what he is at this point in his career a mediocre to average NBA rotation guard.
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