October 4, 2022

We’re still days away from the NBA free agency madness really beginning, but there’s already been enough action to upset next season’s championship chances.

On Monday came two pieces of news. For one, Kyrie Irving plans to go for his $36.9 million option for the 2022-23 season with the Brooklyn Nets. Does this mean that the still puzzled Irving will actually wear a Nets uniform next season? That remains to be seen. He could still be traded, but rumors of a sign-and-trade deal with the Los Angeles Lakers have been dropped.

The other news came out of the Western Conference. Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reports that John Wall will likely head to the Los Angeles Clippers after agreeing to a buyout with the Houston Rockets.

Wall, 31, has only played 40 games over the past three seasons. The five-time All-Star injured his heel in the 2019 season and then suffered a ruptured Achilles after falling at home. Following a trade from the Washington Wizards, Wall played 40 games with the Rockets in 2021, then missed the 2022 season after reaching a deal with the rebuilding franchise.

If a deal with the Clippers materializes as expected, the addition of Wall is a big boost for a team that aspires to the championship – especially with Kawhi Leonard returning from a knee injury.

Houston Rockets guard John Wall drives the ball upfield against the Dallas Mavericks during an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Before reports of Wall joining the Clippers surfaced, they had +750 odds of winning the title at BetMGM. At that time, the Clippers were behind the Golden State Warriors (+500), Boston Celtics (+650) and Milwaukee Bucks (+700). On Tuesday morning, those odds changed a lot. The Warriors are still the betting favorites at +500 but the Clippers are next at +650.

The Clippers also edged closer to the Warriors in the Western Conference title odds, rising from +375 to +325 at BetMGM. The defending NBA champion Warriors are listed at +275 to win the West.

During his 40 games with the Rockets, Wall averaged 20.6 points and 6.9 assists per game. And now he will have the chance to chase a title alongside Leonard and Paul George in Los Angeles.

What’s on the betting schedule for Tuesday? Mainly baseball

With the NBA and NHL playoffs now in the rearview mirror and football on the horizon, we’ve entered that time of year when the focus is on baseball.

On Tuesday there is a full slate of 16 matches. This includes the start of a major National League East series between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies. While the New York Mets have carved out a big lead in the divisional standings, the Braves and Phillies have been excellent through the month of June.

The Braves (42-32) are just five games behind the Mets for first place. The Phillies (39-35) are eight games out of first. Tuesday night in Philadelphia, the Phillies have ace Zack Wheeler on the mound against Atlanta’s Charlie Morton. The Phillies, playing their second game since MVP Bryce Harper suffered a broken thumb, are -125 favorites at BetMGM.

The Mets, meanwhile, are opening a brief two-game interleague with the Houston Astros. The Astros, 45-27, have the second-best record in the American League and are -120 road favorites with left-hander Framber Valdez on the mound.

What else can you bet on?

Elsewhere on Tuesday there is plenty of action at the start of the Wimbledon round. Be sure to follow Yahoo Sportsbook’s Pamela Maldonado for all of her tennis picks.

And looking ahead to the weekend, we have the John Deere Classic on the PGA Tour and UFC 276 to look forward to. Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole gave his best bets for Saturday night’s event in Las Vegas.