The NBA regular season will conclude at the end of the week, which means players and coaches are making their cases for various awards.
BetOnline released updated prices for these awards on Tuesday after the league named finalists on Saturday. Several of them are essentially locked up, such as Ja Morant to win the Rookie of the Year. He is -10000, while Zion Williamson is +800.
Morant is averaging 17.8 points and 7.2 assists per game. Williamson has very good numbers (22.5 PPG, 6.2 RPG), but he has only played in 24 games.
Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo appears to be a slam dunk to win consecutive MVP awards. He is listed at -3300 over LeBron James (+650) and James Harden (+6600).
Antetokounmpo is averaging 29.8 points and 13.7 RPG. He led Milwaukee to the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
The MVP is not the only award that Antetokounmpo is in line to win. He is also a -600 ‘chalk’ to win the Defensive Player of the Year, placing him ahead of Anthony Davis (+325) and Rudy Gobert (+2800).
The other award that is all but locked up is the Coach of the Year. Nick Nurse (-2000) has had another impressive season in Toronto, despite losing Kawhi Leonard during the offseason. The Raptors are the No. 2 seed in the East and are 51-19 overall.
One of the final two awards that is a seemingly tight race is for Sixth Man of the Year. Dennis Schroder was a -200 ‘chalk’ once play was suspended in March, but he has seen his odds decrease over the last few weeks.
The market has shifted to Montrezl Harrell, who was +210 when the restart began. He is now priced at -240, despite sitting out every game in the bubble due to an injury. Lou Williams is the long shot of the three finalists at +650.
Finally, Bam Adebayo is a -165 favorite to win the Most Improved Player of the Year award. He has a slight edge on Brandon Ingram (+160) and a sizeable advantage over Luka Doncic (+750).
Adebayo averaged 8.9 points and 7.3 rebounds last season. He has been much more productive this year, averaging a double-double (16.1 PPG, 10.3 RPG).