Charlotte’s Ball almost ready to return, listed as ROY ‘chalk’ again

DraftKings has Charlotte rookie PG LaMelo Ball as a -305 favorite to win Rookie of the Year honors.

The NBA Rookie of the Year betting market has seen more movement than any other prop market in the league this season.

Charlotte’s LaMelo Ball was once a -1000 favorite to win the award, but then he went down with what many thought would be a season-ending wrist injury. Ball’s odds plummeted following that news in late March, as several of ESPN’s sources said he would be done for the year.

He was averaging 15.9 points, 6.1 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game. BetOnline adjusted his Rookie of the Year odds from -1000 to +175.

However, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi reported that Ball could now return to action by the end of this week. The Hornets said that his wrist has healed and that he has been cleared to return to basketball activity.

DraftKings has made a significant price adjustment to their betting market following this update. Ball was listed at +150 last Monday, but he is now back in the driver’s seat at -305. He could play a pivotal role in Charlotte’s playoff hopes.

Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards, who took over as the -200 favorite when Ball initially went down with the injury, was the -143 ‘chalk’ last week. He has now been moved to +200, giving him the second-shortest odds behind Ball.

The only other contender is Sacramento point guard Tyrese Haliburton, who is listed at +700. He was +275 when Ball’s wrist injury was reported last month and he was +200 last Monday.

As for the title favorite, not much has changed over the past week. Brooklyn is holding steady as the ‘chalk,’ seeing its odds shorten slightly from +250 to +240 at DraftKings. The Lakers (+350) and Clippers (+500) have not seen their price change.

The Nikola Jokic MVP train continues to pick up speed. He was 29/1 to win the award in December, eventually moving to -134 two weeks ago. Jokic jumped to -335 last week following teammate Jamal Murray’s season-ending injury.

His price has shortened even more over the last week, as he is now -400 against the field. Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid is +350 and the red-hot Steph Curry is down to 14/1.

Julius Randle remains a -500 favorite to win the Most Improved Player award.

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