“Space Jam: A New Legacy” is the highly-anticipated sequel to the 1996 hit film “Space Jam.” Last week, Warner Bros. released the first trailer to the sequel and fans were immediately filmed with nostalgia. While Lebron James has replaced Michael Jordan as the lead character, all of everyone’s favourite Looney Tunes personalities are present in the sequel.
In “Space Jam 2,” James gets sucked into a virtual reality where he has to rescue his son from an evil A.I. played by Don Cheadle. In order to escape, James and the Tune Squad have to team up to take on Cheadle’s evil Goon Squad, which consists of digitalized forms of real basketball players like Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis and Nneka Ogwumike of the WNBA.
Despite the game between the Tune Squad and Goon Squad taking place in a movie, that hasn’t stopped Bovada from releasing odds on the contest anyway. Read on to see who is being favored to win the big game in “Space Jam: A New Legacy.”
Space Jam: A New Legacy Odds
Odds via Bovada as of Wednesday, April 7
- Point Spread: Tune Squad -1.5 (+200) vs. Goon Squad +1.5 (-300)
- Over/Under: Over 155 (-500), Under 155 (+300)
Can the Tune Squad Cover the Spread in Space Jam 2?
Heading into Space Jam 2, the spread for the Tune Squad to win is -1.5, with the odds of them covering the spread being +200. For those unfamiliar with sports betting, that means the Tune Squad have to win by two or more points to cover the spread. While that seems like an easy margin to win by, it’s important to note that Jordan and the Tune Squad defeated the Monstars by just one point in the original “Space Jam.”
Jordan hit a buzzer-beater dunk at the end of the game in “Space Jam” to win it 78-77 for the Tune Squad over the Monstars. Considering how sports movies enjoy incorporating theatrical flair to the finishes of big games, it wouldn’t be surprising if “Space Jam 2” comes down to the buzzer again. After all, the Goon Squad has a lot of notable NBA and WNBA talent, albeit in robotic form. With how robots can be programmed, there’s a chance that the Goon Squad could provide the Tune Squad with better competition than the Monstars did.
Will the Tune Squad and Goon Squad Hit the Over?
When it comes to the total amount of points that could be scored in “Space Jam 2,” Bovada has set the total at 155. In the original “Space Jam,” the two teams combined for 155, which makes sense as to why it’s also the total this time around. Ending the sequel with the same amount of points as the original is a possibility, but we have to remember that this is LeBron James’ movie.
Throughout his entire career, he’s been compared to Jordan regardless of how many accomplishments he accumulates. While this is a fictional world, is it really out of the realm of possibility that James would want the final score to be higher than it was in the original?
The NBA in general is a higher-scoring league today than it was back in 1996. With lethal shooters like Lillard and Klay Thompson appearing in the film, maybe we’ll see a higher score to reflect the changing landscape.
Bovada is leaning towards the OVER being reached at -500 odds. However, fans and sports bettors alike will have to wait until July 16 to find out the final score.