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Here are your NBA/Super Bowl XLVI prop bets

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We in no way want to encourage you to gamble on the Super Bowl.

But, since you’re going to do it anyway, we thought we’d pass along some of the annual NBA/Super Bowl prop bets out there. These come from Bovada.lv (the former Bodog.com).

Which will be higher?
Eli Manning Completions +2½
LeBron James Points -2½

(LeBron averages 29 points a game, Manning 22.4 completions per game in the regular season, but he may have to throw more in this game. LeBron and the Heat face the Raptors, so he could score a lot of points — or the Heat could be so far ahead he sits the fourth.)

What will be higher?
Wes Welker Receptions
Lebron James Assists

What will be higher?
Ahmad Bradshaw Receiving Yards -4½
Chris Bosh Points +4½

(Bosh is playing his former team in the Raptors, he tends to get up for these games.)


What will be higher?
Tom Brady TD Passes
Ray Allen 3 Point Shots made in the game

What will be higher?
BenJarvus Green-Ellis Rushing Yards -19½
Rajon Rondo Points, Rebounds & Assists +19½

Again, these are for entertainment purposes only. If you’re going to bet, we’d go with the coin toss, at least there you know the odds.

Chris Paul, after breaking finger, intends to play in Clippers preseason game tomorrow

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Chris Paul broke his finger Saturday.

The initial diagnosis said the injury wasn’t serious.

Here’s confirmation.

Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times:

Paul obviously wouldn’t push it during the preseason. If the Clippers are allowing him to play, this can’t be bad.

Really, the most challenging aspect to this is grasping the concept that a broke finger can be a minor injury.

Report: David Lee, Tyler Zeller in line to start for Celtics; Jared Sullinger, Jonas Jerebko out of rotation

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 08: David Lee of Boston Celtics attacks during the friendlies of the NBA Global Games 2015 basketball match between Real Madrid and Boston Celtics at Barclaycard Center on October 8, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Brad Stevens has a big challenge this year – sorting the Celtics’ deep roster of similarly able players.

It seems that process is shaking out at power forward and center.

A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN Northeast:

it appears Boston’s first four bigs will be starters David Lee and Tyler Zeller, with Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk off the bench.

That leaves Jonas Jerebko and Jared Sullinger, potentially on the outside looking in as far as the regular rotation is concerned.

Lee is the best passer of the bunch, which could partially explain why he’s starting. Boston’s most likely starting point guard, Marcus Smart, is still growing into the role of the lead ball-handler at the NBA level. Lee and presumptive starting shooting guard Avery Bradley can take some pressure off him.

Olynyk can space the floor for Isaiah Thomas-Johnson pick-and-rolls with the reserves and run pick-and-pops with Thomas himself.

I’m a little surprised Zeller is starting over Johnson, though. The Celtics just signed Johnson to a $12 million salary, and I thought they’d rely on his defense to set a tone early. Like Johnson, Zeller is a quality pick-and-roll finisher who can thrive with Thomas.

This is particularly bad news for Sullinger, who – barring a surprising contract extension – is entering a contract year. It seems those reports of offseason conditioning haven’t yet paid off. Jerebko’s deal also isn’t guaranteed beyond this season, but at least he has already gotten his mid-sized payday. Sullinger is still on his rookie-scale contract.