For those diehard basketball fans, the 2021-2022 NBA Season can’t come soon enough.
But for the hardcore faithful who eat, sleep, and breath basketball (and NBA betting of course), the NBA Summer League provides a tasty appetizer leading up to October.
The NBA Summer League, which runs from Aug. 8-15, features several storylines, but none more intriguing than The Ball Brothers Saga.
For those very few who need a quick refresher, the Ball Brothers are comprised of Lonzo Ball, 23, point guard for the Chicago Bulls, and LaMelo Ball, 19, point guard for the Charlotte Hornets. In addition, a third Ball brother, LiAngelo Ball, 23, is currently fighting for a roster spot with the Hornets.
LiAngelo Ball is holding his own, making a name for himself in Las Vegas, where Summer League action is held. In his last outing against the San Antonio Spurs, LiAngelo Ball shot 3-9, went 2-6 from 3 point range, and scored 8 points in 12 minutes of play.
Some Nevada sports betting apps have the Hornets +4000 to win the Vegas tournament. But after Aug. 12, 106 – 105 loss to the Spurs, the Hornets have fallen to 0-3.
Charlotte Hornets 2021-2022 futures odds
Several other online sports betting apps have two teams favored to win the 2022 NBA Title. They are the Brooklyn Nets (+225) and the Los Angeles Lakers (+300). Both futures odds come by way of sports betting operator PointsBet.
Then, you fall 18 spots and land at the Hornets.
With or without LiAngelo Ball, the Hornets are +10000 at PointsBet and +15000 at Caesars to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
Charlotte was a fun team to watch last year, but youth and inexperience lead to a 33-39 record and a 144-117 loss to the Indiana Pacers in the league’s Play-In tournament.
It will be interesting to see if LiAngelo can secure one of the 15 roster spots and suit up alongside his younger brother come October.
Chicago Bulls 2021-2022 futures odds
We spent a good amount of time talking about the younger Ball brothers. But now, let’s discuss Lonzo Ball and his new home in Chicago.
Selected by the Lakers with the 2nd pick in the 2017 NBA draft, Lonzo Ball was traded to New Orleans in July 2019. After two stellar seasons, the 6-foot 6-inch point guard was once again traded, this time to the Chicago Bulls.
The addition of Lonzo Ball completes a fierce offseason for the Bulls in which they also landed former Spurs superstar DeMar DeRozan.
Once the Bulls take the court in the Fall, the lineup is expected to be:
- Lonzo Ball (PG)
- Zach LaVine (SG)
- DeMar DeRozan (SF)
- Patrick Williams (PF)
- Nikola Vucevic (C)
The Bulls have the 15th best championship odds, with Caesars, PlaySugarHouse, and Unibet posting +8000 odds.
In Vegas, BetMGM has the Bulls summer league team at +3000 to win the tournament.