Let's take a look at some NBA special odds for the season, some of which will not be decided for months.
'Over/Under' Cavaliers To Start In All-Star Game: 2.5
The 'over' is a -250 favorite with the 'under' at 2.5 on NBA odds. Of course Cleveland is the biggest story line for the upcoming season with LeBron James' return to northeast Ohio. This year's NBA All-Star Game, the 64th in league history, is unique because it's being held at both Brooklyn's Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. The game itself is at the Garden but the Saturday events -- 3-Point Shootout, Dunk Contest, etc. -- will be in Brooklyn.
We all know for a fact that LeBron will be voted in as an All-Star starter. This prop obviously is geared toward whether both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love join him in the East's starting five. Irving started last season for the East and was the game's MVP, scoring 31 points and racking up 14 assists. Love started for the West, overtaking Houston's Dwight Howard in the final days of voting.
NBA Free Pick: 'Under.' I think Irving will be heavily challenged by Chicago's Derrick Rose this season and there might be some Cavaliers fatigue among voters. It does help's Love chances that Indiana's Paul George is out for the season. George was an East starter last season.
Will Kobe Bryant Score At Least 50 Points In A Regular-Season Game This Season?
Yes is +700 and no -1400 on NBA props. Let's be clear here: The Lakers are going to really stink. Bryant is probably going to lead the league in shot attempts because L.A. simply doesn't have anyone else -- especially after the season-ending injury to Steve Nash, a lock Hall of Famer like Bryant. Kobe's high point total last season in his six games was 21 points. Defenses are obviously going to key on Kobe, and he hasn't dropped a half century since throwing down 61 at the Knicks on Feb. 2, 2009.
Will Any Spurs Player Average More Than 30 Minutes Per Game This Season?
Yes is -200 and no +160. Interesting NBA prop here because as bettors well know, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich likes to rest his veteran trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Makes the Spurs the hardest team to handicap because you never know when Pop might sit one, two or all three of them for an entire game. Usually it's one of a back-to-back situation on the road. Pop (well the team) was fined a couple of years ago for sitting those guys in a TNT national TV matchup against the Heat. He doesn't care. Neither does his owner. The Spurs were the only team last year not to have a guy average 30 minutes. Parker was tops at 29.4 per game. They are all a year older now. Only the playoffs matter.
NBA Free Pick: No. Realistically only Parker and Kawhi Leonard have a shot.
Who Will Have A Higher 3-Point Shooting Percentage: Stephen Curry Or Klay Thompson?
Curry is -130 and Thompson at -110 on NBA odds. Of course the Warriors duo -- the "Splash Brothers" -- comprises the best backcourt in the NBA. Thompson better have a huge season because the Warriors could have had Love if they were willing to deal Thompson to Minnesota. Thompson also in line for a new contract so I do expect a banner year. Curry is probably the best pure shooter in the league. He hit 42.4 percent of his threes last year, a career worst, and is at 44 percent career. Thompson hit 44.4 percent in 2013-14 and is at 43.5 percent career.
NBA Free Pick: Curry.
Will Rajon Rondo Get Traded During The Season?
Yes is -175 and no +125. The Celtics are in full-blown rebuilding mode and Rondo is their most marketable asset by far. He also will become a free agent after the season. You often here rumors of Rondo to the Kings and Sacramento does have some someone like a Ben McLemore who might interest Boston. The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 19. Other teams want to see Rondo is healthy first.
NBA free pick: Yes. No reason for the C's to keep Rondo as they aren't going to contend for a few more years.