- Zion Williamson led all rookies in scoring and is second in rebounds per game.
- Williamson’s playoff over-under is set at 24.5 points per game.
- Williamson recording a triple-double in the playoffs (+300) is a longshot.
NEW ORLEANS – With the NBA return being discussed, the betting odds for the NBA Finals have been receiving action at online sportsbooks.
However, one sportsbook chose to focus their odds on how Zion Williamson will perform in the playoffs.
As the NBA’s plan to return allows the New Orleans Pelicans a chance to make it to the finals, Williamson getting the Finals MVP (+12500) could make some lucky person very rich.
The likelihood of the Pelicans accomplishing an opening-round victory, let alone winning the NBA Finals would be a major milestone, as the Pelicans’ odds to win the title (+10000) are not amongst the favored teams.
However, as Zion Williamson grew the NBA exposure during his first month of the season, his inflated statistics made many wonder if Williamson was this talented of a player or if the small sample size was just an outlier.
Still, Williamson leads all NBA rookies in scoring with 23.6 PPG and sits second in rebounds per game (6.8 RPG). Getting the opportunity to shine in the playoffs during his rookie year, Williamson will continue the fun for NBA bettors.
Zion Williamson Playoff Points Per Game
- Over 24.5 -115
- Under 24.5 -115
Sitting a full point above his regular-season average, Williamson’s playoff points per game over-under sits at 24.5 points at legal sportsbooks. With nearly a full four months of game time missed, hitting this mark may be difficult for the rookie sensation.
Still, Williamson has proven his ability to score taking off from anywhere on the court as well as his ability to hit open (and contested) three-pointers.
As the fuel for the Pelican’s offense, Williamson will certainly exceed this number in at least one game during the playoffs, but keeping his average up that high is a different story.
Zion Williamson Playoff Rebounds Per Game
- Over 7.5 -115
- Under 7.5 -115
At 7.5 rebounds per game, Williamson would need to get almost another full rebound per game. This should come rather easy for Williamson, as the worry about previous injuries is removed from the coaching staff and Williamson should see plenty of action.
With additional minutes likely to be played during the biggest games of the Pelicans’ season, expect Williamson to get closer to 9 rebounds per game.
Remember, Williamson also gets plenty of entry passes into the post, indicating that any missed layup and putback helps his rebounding numbers increase in the process.
Zion Williamson Playoff Triple Doubles
- Over 0.5 +300
- Under 0.5 -500
Known for his all-around game, Williamson is an underdog to get a triple-double in the playoffs. Bettors would be wise to take the increased juice rather than looking for a large payout here.
In the 19 games Williamson has played in the NBA, he has recorded at least five assists in two of them. Even in those two games where Williamson was assist heavy, he never recorded over 10 rebounds at the same time.
In total, Williamson has recorded two double-doubles in his NBA career, so while the odds look lucrative, smart NBA bettors will be on the opposite side of the line.
With many Zion prop bets for the NBA Playoffs, there is no shortage of action. The league votes to return on Thursday, so be sure to get the bets placed before anything official potentially changes the odds.
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Michael began writing as an NBA content writer and has spent time scouting college basketball for Florida State University under Leonard Hamilton and the University of Alabama under Anthony Grant. A graduate of both schools, he covers topics focused on legal sports betting bills, sports betting revenue data, tennis betting odds, and sportsbook reviews. Michael likes to play basketball, hike, and kayak when not glued to the TV watching midlevel tennis matches.