Denver’s Nikola Jokic is -134 favorite to win NBA MVP at DraftKings

DraftKings has Denver center Nikola Jokic installed as a -134 favorite to win NBA MVP honors.

Nikola Jokic was as high as 29/1 to win the 2021 MVP in late December.

The Denver big man has been flying up the market since then and is now priced as a -134 favorite over the field at DraftKings. He is averaging 26.3 points, 11.0 rebounds and 8.6 assists per game.

LeBron James was a +150 ‘chalk’ to win the award in late February, but he has been out since March 20 with an ankle injury. James is now listed at 10/1 at DraftKings, which gives him the fifth-shortest odds.

Brooklyn’s James Harden was 56/1 in mid-February, according to Sports Betting Dime, but he has shot all the way up to +550. Harden is pouring in 25.9 points to go along with 11.1 assists and 8.2 rebounds. The Nets are a +260 ‘chalk’ to win the NBA Finals this season.

While an injury has played a major role in the MVP betting market, a different injury wreaked havoc in the Rookie of the Year standings. Charlotte guard LaMelo Ball was a -1000 lock to win the award prior to a season-ending wrist injury several weeks ago.

Ball was averaging 15.9 points, 6.1 assists and 5.9 rebounds, which gave him a big cushion to take home the hardware. DraftKings chose to pay out all Ball ROY bets anyway, even though he is +200 as it stands.

Anthony Edwards is a +100 ‘chalk,’ while Tyrese Haliburton is +150. Edwards was -200 the day after Ball’s injury and Haliburton was +275.

The Most Improved Player award is a two-man race between Julius Randle and Jerami Grant. Randle, who is keeping the Knicks in the playoff hunt, is -155 to win the award. Grant is averaging 22.4 points and 4.8 rebounds.

One awards market with a huge favorite is the Coach of the Year, where Utah’s Quin Snyder is a heavy -335 favorite. The Jazz lead the Western Conference with a 38-11 record. DraftKings has them listed at +800 to win the title, putting them behind the Nets, Lakers (+290), Clippers (+500) and Bucks (+750).

Utah’s Rudy Gobert is -225 to win the Defensive Player of the Year award. Ben Simmons is +200 and Myles Turner is +550. There are not any other players inside of 30/1.

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