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Rockets are the Favorites to Snare Carmelo Anthony for 2018-19 NBA Season

Carmelo Anthony Betting Odds July 20

The split between the Oklahoma City Thunder and forward Carmelo Anthony finally came to fruition and with Melo expected to be bought out by the Atlanta Hawks, the Houston Rockets have emerged as -300 favorites to land the 10-time all-star.

Online sportsbook BetOnline has the Rockets as the fave with the Lakers (+500), Heat (+500), Raptors (+800) and Celtics (+1000) rounding out the top five.

Is Melo to the Rockets a Done Deal?

The Houston Rockets were considered one of the front-runners to nab Melo in a trade prior to last season before the Thunder beat them to the punch. The Rockets’ “three or layup” offensive system would work marvelously with Melo’s skill set but there are some troubling factors that make it seem unlikely that he’ll end up in H-Town.

For starters, he and head coach Mike D’Antoni are not exactly each other’s biggest fan. When Mike D was the coach of the Knicks back from 2010 to 2012, they reportedly clashed over defensive responsibilities and how D’Antoni wanted more of the offense to run through Jeremy Lin. Another cause for concern would be the role Anthony would play on the Rockets as he made it known that he will refuse to come off the bench in a sixth-man role. I know the stars are aligning for him to land on the Rockets but these variables along with the -300 price tag make betting on this option a bit of a rip-off.

Lakers should be the favorite to land No. 15

The full remodel of the Lakers squad has just begun and by nabbing LeBron James, the stars could be aligning for a potential pairing of the 2003 draftees. Both James and Anthony have stated their intentions to play for the same team in their careers and this could be the opportunity for them (and bettors) to grant their wish.

The Lakers are close to being capped out but could still offer Melo the veteran’s minimum and take a slight cap penalty. Melo has also made it known that he would prefer to play closer to his family which is why markets like Los Angeles and New York may have the most appeal. An arrival in Hollywood for Melo could be enough to push the Lakers into legit championship contention so with the odds at +500, that value is very enticing.

Which team will Carmelo Anthony be on for the first game of the 2018-19 NBA season?
  • Rockets -300
  • Lakers +500
  • Heat +500
  • Raptors +800
  • Celtics +1000
  • Hawks +1000
  • Wizards +1000
  • Nets +2000
  • Knicks +5500
  • Field +800
Odds as of July 20 at BetOnline