Now that football season is officially over, many sports fans have turned their attention to basketball.
The NBA All-Star Break is less than two weeks away, which means games are becoming more important than ever. It also means that title odds are being updated on a more consistent basis.
LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers find themselves at the top of the market. The Lakers are priced as +250 ‘chalk’ in Bovada’s updated NBA Championship odds.
Los Angeles is at the top of the Western Conference with a 37-11 record and has a three-game lead. CBS Sports gives the Lakers a 91.4% chance of winning their division.
Milwaukee is the front-runner in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, owning a 6.5-game lead with a league-best 42-7 record. The Bucks are 11-0 in their division and have +300 odds to win the NBA Finals.
The Los Angeles Clippers are the only other team inside of 10/1. They are priced at +350 to win the title and are 35-15 on the season, which is good for second place in the Western Conference.
Houston (11/1), Philadelphia (12/1), Denver (16/1) and Utah (16/1) are also in the mix. Toronto, the reigning champs, are in second place in the Eastern Conference, but are 25/1 longshots to win it all.
The MVP award has a clear favorite. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo is -225 at Bovada and -300 at BetOnline. He is scoring 30.0 points per game and is completing his double-double average with 13.1 rebounds per game.
Antetokounmpo won the award last season, beating out Paul George and James Harden. He was also a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year. Luka Doncic (+550), Harden (+600) and James (+750) are his main competition this season.
The Rookie of the Year seems to have a likely winner as well. Memphis’ Ja Morant is -350 to take home the hardware, according to Bovada. BetOnline has Morant listed at -400.
New Orleans’ Zion Williamson, the No. 1 overall pick, was -250 to win the award after the 2019 draft. However, Williamson was sidelined until several weeks ago with a knee injury. He has made some ground on Morant since returning, though.
At one point, Williamson was slated at +800. He is now down to +300 after scoring 19.5 points per game in the first six outings of his career. Williamson backers will likely need Morant to miss time due to an injury in order to cash their tickets.
Morant is scoring 17.3 PPG and dishing out 7.1 assists per contest through 44 games.