The premiere of Space Jam: A New Legacy, a long-awaited sequel to the original movie, has been one of the most anticipated events of the year. The latest entertainment/sports crossover has been grabbing the headlines for quite some time. Not to mention the significant internet buzz about the movie. The first movie featured legendary Michael Jordan and the cast of memorable Looney Tunes oddball characters. This unusual pairing first appeared in one of Michael Jordan’s Nike commercials. Warner Bros recognized the winning formula and the feature movie soon followed. It didn’t do too well with the critics but still did pretty great at the box office. It grossed about $250 million. This time around, Looney Tunes meet up with LeBron James. The task is again to save the world from forces of evil by beating them on the basketball court.
Betting On LeBron James & Michael Jordan?
The excitement around the new movie is so great that it even caught the betting world. After all, the movie revolves around the basketball game. So, why not bet on it? A few days before the premiere, sports journalist Anthony Puccio of Front Office Sports caught the attention with an interesting tweet. Online sportsbooks have released prop bets odds for Space Jam: A New Legacy. The offer included a couple of fun and interesting props.
Most of them were related to the fictional basketball contest in the movie. Among others:
- LeBron James to outscore Michael Jordan: +150
- Tune Squad over Goon Squad at -1 spread
- Game Total – 159.6 points
- Over/Under LeBron James’ dunks – 4.5
- Star Cameos: Bill Murray at +550, Michael Jordan at +900
However, if you visited SportsBettingDime.com, you would find that they don’t actually take these bets. They’re rather an aggregator site promoting actual sportsbooks. Still, some other respectable bookies, such as Bovada, MyBookie, or SprotsBetting.ag, did indeed offer the betting props for the upcoming movie. Their offer included over 20 props, from those related to the box office performance to the fictional game itself.
Those with the feel for the box office had a choice of one of the props related to the movie’s performance and the gross earnings. The new version was favored to outperform the original both at the opening weekend and in the total domestic box office.
The Over/Under for the opening weekend domestic box office gross was set at $30 million.
There was also an offer for the individual movie performances of the movie characters. The Over/Under for total baskets by LeBron James was set at 7.5. Bugs Bunny’s points prop was at 12, while the line for Lola Bunny was 8. The total line for Duffy Duck was 6. The odds were also released for a number of potential fun events in the movie. Bettors had a chance to wager if the Bugs will kiss Lebron or whether the King will eat the carrot. Some supporting characters also had their own markets. SportsBetting.ag offered the ods for who will score first: Granny, Tweety, Speedy Gonzales, or Tasmanian Devil. Some of the props go beyond the movie itself. Bovada released the odds on whether the LA Lakers will wear the Tune Squad-inspired jerseys.