We are mere days away from The Basketball Tournament tipping off on July 4th. Daily Fantasy was announced mere days beforehand and now we have our first gambling odds and there are some spicy plays out there for your enjoyment. How should you bet TBT Championship Odds though?
Remember to consider the bracket, the top eight seeds get a bye into round two. Higher seeds may have more rest, but they also have not played competitive basketball yet so they may be vulnerable to an upset. The condensed ten-day format also will factor in as deeper teams will have an advantage with fresh legs. As many players are later in their careers and played an overseas season already, they may not be as fresh and may fall off later in the season.
Right now this is a top-heavy field, but they are not so short on odds that you should not bet on them. Overseas Elite, unsurprisingly, comes in as the odds-on-favorites at 8/5. You can make money on the four-time champs and never again will you have a chance to get odds like that in any other sport. With NBA pros like Joe Johnson and Jordan Crawford joining with TBT vets like DJ Kennedy, you have a potent favorite that will make a deep run.
Defending Champs Cameron’s Crew gets disrespected with 5/2 odds despite being in their hometown. The lack of a rabid fan base at Nationwide Arena in Columbus will definitely knock them down a few pegs, but a defending champion is worthy of your respect and a good chance to profit. With Aaron Craft and William Buford leading the way, the Crew is a good bet to run the table.
Cuse Nation unite! Boeheim’s Army is back with a vengeance. With two first-round picks on the roster in Donte Green and Malachi Richardson, Boeheim’s Army is stacked and ready to make a run. Cash in on this veteran squad at 7/1 odds to win it all.
Team Challenge ALS is a feel-good story with a stacked roster of overseas pro-basketball players. At 18/1 they have long odds, but if you like a long-shot with good odds, Challenge ALS is your team. They have TBT experience and a talented roster that can make some noise in the condensed format.
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Floyd Mayweather has sponsored and promoted The Money Team, but they are not really a serious threat to win. The big-name and star-power of Mayweather will draw you in and 14/1 seems like juicy odds, but they are a strong candidate to be upset despite having a bye.
Team CP3 has a mega-star promoter in Chris Paul and appealing blowup odds at 60/1, but they lack the firepower to hang in the long term.
There are several alumni teams out there, but beyond Carmen’s Crew, Boeheim’s Army, and Golden Eagles, you probably want to avoid putting big money on them. If you feel the need to support your boys from Illinois, Dayton, Auburn, Oklahoma State, Clemson, Marshall, or Purdue, the sportsbooks will gladly take your money.
You want to avoid the Long Shots really. There are some big names on these teams, but they do not have enough talent and depth to do more than win a game or two. Avoid the long shots at all costs to win it all. No long shots have made a championship game since TBT has started.