A look at the FanDuel Sportsbook Odds Board that was featured during Inside the NBA during the 2020 NBA bubble playoffs.

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Syncing up almost perfectly with the news that the NBA will return on December 22nd (just in time for the hallowed Christmas Day games)Turner Sports and FanDuel Group announce they've reached a multi-year agreement, making FanDuel the official sportsbook partner for all professional basketball on TNT.

In addition to FanDuel's integration with NBA on TNT, they'll also be featured on Bleacher Report, the top source of sports content for young fans, and their other digital platforms, like B/R Live and the B/R App.

According to Mike Raffensperger, CMO of FanDuel Group, the company plans to elevate the viewing experience for Turner Sports by providing up-to-the-minute betting information, such as odds and analysis, streamed directly into the broadcast during live game action.



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Will Funk, Executive Vice President, Sports Partnerships and Branded Content, Turner Sports, agreed and added, "NBA fans across TNT and Bleacher Report are responding well to sports betting content. We've already seen this with the TV and digital elements we've designed with FanDuel this past season and are excited to expand our partnership."

FanDuel and Turner Sports worked together in the 2020 NBA Playoffs, which proved to be the beginning of a fruitful relationship for the two companies. Inside the NBA, an Emmy award winning studio show headlined by Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, Kenny Smith, premiered the FanDuel Sportsbook Odds Board, a segment that centered around a discussion of the odds and public betting percentages on the night's slate of matchups.

As the U.S. betting market has expanded to 18 states and the District of Columbia, so has the interest in sports betting nationwide. Turner reported that the "TNT Bets" simulcast of the NBA playoffs, the first foray into providing FanDuel odds to fans, showed tremendous engagement, representing a growth in viewers, who also tuned into the broadcasts longer.

Going forward, that type of extended, locked-in viewership is exactly what Turner Sports wants to garner and, conversely, FanDuel, as the industry-leading online sportsbook, plans to be the one providing the action to those viewers.

Has all this talk gotten you excited about the upcoming season? Well, good news! FanDuel has already posted odds for who'll be the number one pick in the NBA Draft and who'll be the 2021 NBA champions. You can currently bet the odds on favorite, Anthony Edwards, at -210, LaMelo Ball at +280, or James Wiseman at +420.

As of now, the Los Angeles Lakers are favored to defend their NBA title at +360, the Los Angeles Clippers, even after blowing a 3-1 lead, come in next at +480, and the Milwaukee Bucks, certainly on the strength of two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, are third at +600.

Paul George grabbing a rebound in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals

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In a must win game for the Los Angeles Clippers, Paul George was finally able to look like the best player on the floor in a playoff game.

After a slow start, George poured it on in the second half on his way to a game high 41 points in Game 5. The performance elevated the Clippers over strong outings from the likes of Devin Booker and Chris Paul as L.A. outlasted Phoenix 116-102.

The Clippers don't have much time to bask in their win however as they have to turn around and play two more elimination games just to make it out of the West. The Suns jumped out to a 3-1 series lead as Los Angeles struggled to find their identity without Kawhi Leonard. If the Clippers are to stave off elimination any longer, George has to continue this level of play.

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Ben Simmons disappointed in the playoffs this season

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Following a Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the Philadelphia 76ers and coach, Doc Rivers, are questioning if Ben Simmons is the right guy to be running their offense through moving forward.

Offense being the key word here.

Simmons is an all-world defender possessing the ability to guard virtually any opponent on the court from the perimeter to the rim. But it was his lack of offensive help throughout this playoff season that stood out beyond any accomplishments this year. Simmons joined Rudy Gobert as unanimous selections for the NBA's All-Defensive First Team this year and also finished fifth in the NBA in assists per game with 8.8 per contest.

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The Lakers looked lost in the Valley

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The Phoenix Suns are just a win away from sending LeBron James home in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in the King's illustrious career.

After stating that "These shoulders were built for a reason," James referring to facing the challenge of taking on added responsibilities after Anthony Davis was ruled out for Game 5, the Lakers and LeBron disappointed in a big way Tuesday night. L.A. started off hot jumping out to a 10-5 lead behind a couple shots from James and a three from Davis' replacement Markieff Morris. But it didn't take long for the wheels to completely fall off for the defending champion Lakers as they spent most of the first half trying to remember how basketball works.

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Two numbers stick out in the Game 5 loss for the Lakers and those are 34.5 and 12. Los Angeles shot 34.5% from the field on Tuesday night and were minus 12 in turnover ratio. No matter who's on your team, if you can't shoot and you can't protect the ball, the outcome is already determined.

The Suns weren't simply beneficiaries of a poor performance however as the Suns put it on the Lakers early and often and they never let their foot off the pedal for 48 minutes. Phoenix ended with 15 more assists, had seven more combined steals and blocks, and outscored L.A. in the paint by 12 points. Devin Booker and Cameron Payne were spectacular and they seemed to hit big shots every time the Lakers appeared to threaten a comeback. Mikal Bridges was effective on both sides of the ball adding three steals and two blocks to help electrify his team with the defensive effort.


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