Nets still favorites; Jokic now massive MVP ‘chalk’

Brooklyn remains the favorite to win the 2021 NBA championship.

The top teams in the NBA continue to deal with injury issues, but the betting market is not making much of an adjustment.

Brooklyn remains the +250 ‘chalk’ to win the title, despite its trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving struggling to take the court at the same time. The Nets are -112 to win the Eastern Conference, leading Milwaukee (+250) and Philadelphia (+450) at the top of the market.

The crosstown teams from Los Angeles have the next-shortest title odds. The Lakers are listed at +350 and the Clippers are +500. LeBron James and Anthony Davis have both been dealing with injuries, but they are expected to be healthy once the postseason rolls around.

Utah (+700), Milwaukee (+750) and Philadelphia (12/1) are the only other teams listed inside of 20/1 to win the Finals. The Nuggets plummeted from 14/1 to 45/1 at DraftKings following Jamal Murray’s season-ending injury.

Murray’s teammate, Nikola Jokic, has seen his MVP odds shorten following the unfortunate injury. Jokic was 29/1 to win the award in December, but he has been flying up the charts since then. He went to -134 against the field two weeks ago, surpassing James after he was sidelined with an ankle issue.

Jokic is now a heavy -335 MVP favorite at DraftKings. He is averaging 26.1 points, 11.0 rebounds and 8.8 assists. Jokic is also playing a career-high 35.2 minutes per game, which is not expected to decrease with his superstar teammate out for the season.

There have been a lot of adjustments made in the MVP market over the last two weeks. DraftKings had five players priced inside of 10/1, but there are now just two players inside of 20/1.

Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid joins Jokic in what appears to be a two-man race. The Sixers big man, who is averaging 30.0 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists, is priced at +275. Giannis Antetokounmpo is 20/1, Harden is 25/1 and Damian Lillard is 30/1.

Anthony Edwards is -143 to win the Rookie of the Year award, leading Tyrese Haliburton (+200) and the sidelined LaMelo Ball (+150). Julius Randle is a heavy -500 ‘chalk’ to win the Most Improved Player award. Jerami Grant (+400) is the only other player inside of 20/1.

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