BIG3 Basketball Winner Odds
BIG3 Basketball Schedule
Summer traditionally signals the end of basketball as the NBA Playoffs and Finals wrap up and fans patiently await the return of the NBA in October. This landscape is about to change - fans of the sport are in for a treat in 2017 as the Big3 Championship gets underway for the very first time.
So what is the Big3? Established in early 2011 by rapper Ice Cube, the concept aims to take a standard basketball match and turbo-charge it. Eight teams headed by former NBA greats will take the court in teams of three and play once per week in a season that lasts ten weeks (including playoffs). All four games are played at the one arena, which will vary from week to week, creating a fast-paced event that will be a great spectacle for fans.
July 16: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Ghost Ballers vs. Power
- Trilogy vs. Ball Hogs
- Killer 3s vs. 3 Headed Monsters
- 3's Company vs. Tri-State
July 23: UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois
- Ball Hogs vs. Power
- 3's Company vs. 3 Headed Monsters
- Tri-State vs. Trilogy
- Killer 3s vs. Ghost Ballers
July 30: American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas
- Killer 3s vs. Ball Hogs
- 3's Company vs. Power
- Trilogy vs. Ghost Ballers
- Tri-State vs. 3 Headed Monsters
August 6: Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky
- Tri-State vs. Ghost Ballers
- Trilogy vs. Power
- Ball Hogs vs. 3 Headed Monsters
- Killer 3s vs. 3's Company
August 13: Staples Center in Los Angeles, California
- Ghost Ballers vs. 3 Headed Monsters
- Tri-State vs. Power
- 3's Company vs. Ball Hogs
- Killer 3s vs. Trilogy
August 20 (Playoffs): Key Arena in Seattle, Washington
- No. 1 vs. No. 4
- No. 2 vs. No. 3
- No. 5 vs. No. 6
- No. 7 vs. No. 8
August 26 (Championship): T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
Throughout the season you will be able to bet on each and every Big3 Championship match, with the best sportsbooks offering a range of betting lines to suit your needs. And of course, you can look to bet on the Championship Outright market for the overall winner of the tournament. These lines will fluctuate throughout the course of the season and you can check the odds below.
Led by 1996 Sixers first round draft pick Allen Iverson, who features as a player-coach, 3's Company have a solid roster. They are co-captained by another first round draft pick - former NBA player Dermarr Johnson and also feature Andre Owens, Mike Sweeney, Ruben Patterson, Al Thornton and David Hawkins. The team plays in an orange strip and were one of the faves heading into the first round, although this price flatters them. Expect them to finish somewhere in the middle.
Kenyon Martin joins Big3 basketball after a long and successful NBA career that lasted fifteen seasons. Hanging up the sneakers in 2015 at the Milwaukee Bucks, Martin's best performances came early in his career with the Nets and Nuggets. He is co-captain alongside NBA journeyman Al Harrington who played for sixteen seasons at seven different teams.
The Trilogy also feature Rashad McCants, James White, Dion Glover and Jannero Pargo, while legendary Pistons player Rick Mahorn coaches the team in red. They are second on the above table and probably accurate considering their squad and coach.
The black and yellow outfit is captained by another Pistons great, Chauncey Billups, who played 14 NBA seasons, made five all star appearances and received one championship ring. He leads alongside Stephen Jackson, one of the NBA's best defenders this century. He too played for 14 seasons and won one NBA championship. They are joined by Reggie Evans, Larry Hughes, Brian Cook, Eddie Robinson and coached by another defensive gun in Charles Oakley. It will be interesting to see how much defensive structure is implemented in the 3-sided version of the game - I don't think this side has the potential to win the tournament.
Fans of basketball in Seattle will be very familiar with the name Rashard Lewis, the co-captain of the blue and green 3 Headed Monsters outfit. He played nine seasons for the Supersonics before playing in another seven and winning a Championship with Miami towards the end of his career. He heads the team alongside Jason Williams, while Kwame Brown, Eddie Basden, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf and Hakim Warrick make up the rest of the team. They are led by another Supersonics great in Gary Payton, widely considered one of the best point guards of all time. I like the odds here.
Corey Maggette leads the Power, who play in blue. Best known for his stint at the LA Clippers, Maggette co-captains the side alongside Cuttino Mobley, and is joined by players Jerome Williams, Deshawn Stevenson, Moochie Norris and Paul McPherson. While the Power have one of the weaker lineups, they make up for it with a fantastic coach. Clyde "The Glide" Drexler is a 10-time NBA All-Star and was named one of the top 50 greatest players in NBA history. If his coaching efforts can match his incredible on-court record, this team may be a good outsider bet.
The dark-blue outfit is co-captained by Jermaine O'Neal, a player with eighteen NBA seasons under his belt and six All-Star games. He is best known for his time at the Indiana Pacers where he helped lead the team to six playoff appearances. The other player-captain is Bonzi Wells, while Xavier Silas, Lee Nailon, Mike James and Lou Amundson make up the rest of the team. The lineup is coached by Julius Erving who rivals Drexler as one of the best coaches in the Big3 in terms of on-court achievements. This team could do some damage and I expect them to make the top-four.
Brian Scalabrine leads the Ball Hogs, who play in green, alongside Josh Childress. Best known these days for his media appearances, Scalabrine played 11 seasons in the NBA. The other players on the team are Derrick Byars, Rasual Butler, Dominic McGuire and Desmon Farmer. Like the Power, this team isn't strong on paper but has a legendary coach in Rick Barry, another player to be named in the 50 greatest players in NBA History. He will need all his experience to rally this side, who will struggle to make the top four.
Mike Bibby leads the team in grey alongside fan-favourite Ricky Davis, who starred in one of the most epic All Star Dunk contests in 2000. They join Mo Evans, Marcus Banks, Ivan Johnson and Joe Smith, while George Gervin is coach. They are last on the list of odds above and I think this is unreasonable given their roster. I would be putting my money on this side to sneak into the playoffs, although it would be a bit of a stretch to see them winning the whole thing.
So Who Will Win The BIG3?
The Big3 is a brand new concept, so it will be very interesting to see how it all pans out.
The odds above will alter as the tournament progresses, but it will be tough to determine the true contenders until at least halfway through. We are yet to really see which tactics are going to be most effective and which players are going to have the best impact, and until some trends are established it would be unwise to throw your money down.
In saying that, if you do place a bet now, particularly if you fancy the chances of the teams at the lower end of the odds list, you could be in for a big win.
In a tournament like this with just eight teams, every team has a genuine chance, so it may be worth placing a wager before we get too deep into the fixture list. If I was going to pick a team I would go with the Trilogy - Al Harrington is the only player-coach in the tournament and I think his on-court appearances will make all the difference to the playing style and tactics used by the team.
Whatever you decide to do, you can be sure to find the best selection of odds right here. Don't forget you can also join in the conversation on our Facebook page and discuss your team's chances with other fans of the sport. Best of luck!
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