- Devin Booker (+500) and Kevin Durant (+500) have the best odds to score the most points in the first round.
- The Eastern Conference (-130) is favored to have more players advance from the first round. Can the West pull the upset?
- Read on for full odds and more props in the NBA 2K20 Players-Only Tournament
The first round of the NBA 2K20 Players-Only Tournament will tip off on Friday night, helping to fill the void of live sports that has been created by the Covid-19 pandemic. It will pit 16 NBA players against each other in the virtual world, with Kevin Durant the opening favorite to win it all.
The tournament will start Friday, with all the action being broadcast on ESPN. There are odds on head-to-head matchups and the tournament’s winner, but also plenty of props to dive into for the coming week or so of NBA 2K action.
Odds on Player to Score Most Points in the First Round
|Michael Porter Jr.||+1600|
|Derrick Jones Jr.||+1800|
Odds taken Apr 2nd
This tournament is an unpredictable one, considering the lack of organization prior to it. Some players, like Devin Booker, stream their gameplay on Twitch for the world to see, while others, like Hassan Whiteside, game regularly without putting it out there.
At +1000, there’s certainly value here with Whiteside. The seeding is based on their player’s rating in 2K20, but that is based on these players’ real-life talents. It wouldn’t be shocking at all to see an underdog cash in here.
What Teams Will Players Use?
The team selection process in this tournament is a big part of the strategy. Each player chose eight teams prior to the tournament, and they can use each team only once.
For example, the first matchup of the tournament will be first-seeded Kevin Durant taking on the sixteenth-seeded Derrick Jones Jr. Durant selected Brooklyn, Chicago, Golden State, Houston, the Clippers, Oklahoma City, and Utah. If he elects to play as the Rockets in the game against Jones Jr., he will not be able to use the Rockets for the reminder of the tournament. In the event that each players chooses the same team, the higher-seeded player will have the first choice of teams.
That is one the most interesting subplots of this event. How surreal will it be to watch Durant play as the Warriors, and specifically Draymond Green, considering the history and animosity that exists? The NBA has a tremendous knack for creating drama.
NBA 2K20 Players-Only Tournament Props
|Conference to Have More Players Advance to Rd 2||Odds|
|LA Clippers Player to Advance Furthest||Odds|
|Largest Margin of Victory in the First Round||Odds|
|Over 10.5 Points||-120|
|Under 10.5 Points||-120|
|Phoenix Suns Player to Advance Furthest||Odds|
|Player to Score Least Points in the First Round||Odds|
|Derrick Jones Jr.||+700|
|Michael Porter Jr.||+800|
Plenty of Props
The props that pop off the screen immediately are the two team-related props. For the Suns, Booker is obviously one of the league’s highest-profile gamers. His teammate, DeAndre Ayton, is just a 2.5-point favorite over Zach LaVine, so the chances that Ayton gets bumped in a tight affair are high.
Even if Booker doesn’t win it all, it may only take a couple of wins to reward his bettors.
The Clippers’ teammates face a similar situation. Montrezl Harrell is a 7.5-point favorite, one of the first round’s biggest spreads, against Domantas Sabonis. Meanwhile, Pat Beverly is going to be involved in a slugfest as a 4.5-point underdog against Whiteside. Like Booker, Harrell doesn’t have to win the whole thing for bettors to cash in here. He simply has to win until Beverly is bounced.