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Coronavirus Props: Will March Madness Be Cancelled & When Will the NBA Season Resume?

Coronavirus Prop Odds

The spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, has dominated headlines in 2020, and now it’s officially severely impacted the North American sports world.

Gobert Tests Positive for Coronavirus

On Wednesday, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the disease, prompting the NBA to suspend the 2019-20 season indefinitely.

Gobert, who wasn’t expected to play in Wednesday’s matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder, wasn’t at Chesapeake Energy Arena as the teams were sent to the locker room just seconds before the scheduled tipoff. But the Frenchman played against the Toronto Raptors at home on Monday, which has caused mass concern in the Association. Multiple teams who recently faced the Jazz were in quarantine overnight on Wednesday, and some could be in isolation for up to two weeks.

With the NBA on a temporary hiatus, odds are out on when the league will resume. At Bovada, the odds of play resuming before April 15 sit at -115, with the chances of it happening on or after April 15 at -125.

On Thursday morning, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said on ESPN’s Get Up that his expectation is the NBA campaign will not be canceled entirely, just postponed. Cuban stated he could see NBA games going as late as August this year.

When Will the NBA Officially Resume the Regular-Season Schedule?
OptionOdds
Before April 15, 2020-115
After or on April 15, 2020-125

Odds as of March 12 at Bovada

How Will This Impact March Madness?

The NCAA Tournament is one of the highlights of the sporting calendar, and there is a growing belief that the 2020 edition of the tournament will be canceled entirely.

Bovada opened odds of March Madness getting called off at +165 with the NO option at -220. As of Thursday morning, those numbers had shifted all the way to YES as the -150 favorite and NO as the +115 underdog.

All NCAA conference tournament games scheduled for this week have been cancelled. An update on the status of March Madness is expected to come on Thursday.

Will March Madness Be Canceled?
OptionOdds
YES-150
NO+115

Odds as of March 12 at Bovada

NHL Put on Ice for the Time Being

While the NBA deals with the coronavirus threat, the NHL has joined it in suspending its regular season for the time being. 

Addressing the media on Thursday, commissioner Gary Bettman said: “In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019-20 season beginning with tonight’s games.”

Bettman made sure to reiterate that the league’s hope is to resume play as soon as it’s deemed safe to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup.