New Orleans Hornets big man Anthony Davis will make his first professional appearance at the fabled Madison Square Garden this week, suiting up Tuesday against Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. The first overall pick has thrived early in his debut campaign, but it might take more than a Rookie of the Year performance to help this franchise to cash in on their NBA odds.
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Lined up against the Knicks, Davis will get every opportunity to prove to the rest of the league that he was worthy of the top selection in the 2012 NBA Draft. Fresh out of Kentucky the former Wildcat has already demonstrated an ability to provide an invaluable defensive presence in the big league.
Although Davis has just a small sample size of success (he missed games two and three of the season with a concussion), it’s never too early to start thinking about how his addition may impact the basketball betting scene. Currently the Hornets have just 250/1 odds of winning the NBA championship.
New Orleans may not be contending for a title any time soon – especially without guard Eric Gordon, still recovering from a mysterious knee injury – but that doesn’t mean they’re not still interesting bet options when it comes to individual game lines.
Against opponents like the Knicks, it’s not at all unreasonable to expect the No. 1 pick in the draft to go to work and get things done.
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