Toronto Raptors, fans and Canada as a whole are still buzzing about making the NBA Finals for the first time as a franchise and nation, but the team’s Global Ambassador and, arguably, Canada’s biggest celebrity is creating a buzz in sports betting circles for different reasons; his courtside show.
Basketball betting fans can weigh in on Drake’s potential courtside antics with BetOnline, many of which were the subject of negative attention during the Eastern Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks. Coach Mike Budenholzer had plenty to say in the aftermath about Drake and his show-stealing performance.
He wasn’t the only one, though. Popular Bay Area rock band Smash Mouth had a few choice words for the Canadian. So, it seems did the NBA. It was reported on Wednesday (ESPN) the league had a conversation with the Raptors organisation about their Super Fan. The report doesn’t disclose any specifics, nor does it indicate whether a punishment or threat was meted out should Drake cross some set line – such as being tossed from the finals. But the league going to such lengths suggests perhaps a tolerance limit has already been reached.
Love him, or hate him Drake certainly knows how to grab headlines, making him a relevant talking point ahead of the NBA Finals. In turn, the attention of bookmakers is well and truly hooked. They know all too well just how much pros and joes enjoy entertainment betting props, and where there is a thirst for betting there is money to be made.
That brings us to the first Drake prop that is worth tickling:
How Many Times Will ABC Team Say Drake (Game 1)
- Over 3½ Times Drake is Said -120
- Under 3½ Times Drake is Said -120
Of course, the Warriors vs. Raptors matchup promises to be thrilling in itself and should yield a worthy basketball betting series with a ton of profit to be had all around. There is no shortage of choice betting morsels to dabble with as far as the on-court aspect goes. Finals Series odds as well as Game 1 odds are in full swing.
However, how Drake chooses to utilise his creative space on the side lines is going to be equally fascinating. In fact, this prop bet is one the Golden State Warriors are probably hoping serves up the YES bet as the winning NBA pick, despite the NBA odds that say to the contrary.
Will Drake Not Attend Any Finals Game in Toronto
- Yes +575
- No -1500
Drake got up close and personal with Milwaukee fans in the Eastern Conference Finals, something that irritated all and sundry no end. There was the trash talk, the embarrassing antics, jeers and over exuberant celebrations that not only distracted the Bucks bench and coaching staff but got under their skin, too. In essence, he was the 7th man in the game and they didn’t like it one bit.
Will Drake attend any Golden State home games during the Finals?
- Yes -300
- No +200
Golden State fans may well hope the above prop yields the NO bet as the winner, but, according to Stephen Curry and coach Steve Kerr, Drake isn’t going to factor in this series. The message is they’re not worried at all. They are ready for him with plans in place for any eventuality. Heck, Kerr apparently has a plan should Drake attempt to rub his shoulders even. Imagine if he really did have the cheek to do it. Hmmm…that’s a prop bet that should be added to the current serving, don’t you think?
Suppose there is a lesson to be learned here in the way the Bucks buckled in the face of Drake. (So much for hashtag-fear-the-dear). Golden State Warriors know what to expect and claim to be ready. Nevertheless, actions speak louder than words. Warriors are yet to get an intimate experience with Toronto’s Super Fan. Wonder if this feeling of bonhomie will survive beyond Game 1.