Now that the NBA All-Star Break is over, some would say the ‘real’ season has started.
PointsBet released updated odds for all of the league’s awards, along with updated season win totals and odds to win the NBA title. The book also came out with odds for each division and odds for the 2020 NBA Draft.
Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo is the run-away favorite for the MVP at every sportsbook, ranging from -400 to -700. PointsBet has Antetokounmpo at -625, but the betting shop has released a special prop for the second-place finisher.
LeBron James is currently priced as a +120 ‘chalk’ to finish second behind ‘The Greek Freak.’ James has +700 odds to win the MVP outright.
Luka Doncic and James Harden are also in the discussion, with Doncic at +225 and Harden at +350. Antekounmpo is +500 to be the runner-up, but that price is likely only appealing to bettors who want to hedge their original bet on Giannis to win the MVP.
The NBA Sixth Man of the Year award might be re-named the “Lou Williams Award” at some point. Williams has taken home the award each of the last two seasons and is a +150 ‘chalk’ to win it again this year.
He is scoring 19.5 points per game off the bench for the Los Angeles Clippers this season. Williams averaged 22.6 PPG in 2017-18 and scored 20.0 PPG in 2018-19.
Oklahoma City’s Dennis Schroder is scoring 19.3 PPG and is +175 to win Sixth Man of the Year. Montrezl Harrell is the only other player in the discussion, scoring 18.8 PPG while grabbing 7.1 RPG for the Clippers. He is priced at +250, but would have to beat out his teammate to take home the hardware.
Anthony Davis is a -182 favorite to win the Defensive Player of the Year award. Davis is in the top 10 in plenty of individual defensive rating categories.
Rudy Gobert (+200) and Antetokounmpo (+400) are also in the mix for the award.
Bettors were fading the Toronto Raptors heading into the season. PointsBet opened their season win total at 53.5, but it closed all the way down at 46.5.
Toronto has already won 40 games, though, and is well on its way to crushing the ‘over.’ Head coach Nick Nurse is a +125 ‘chalk’ to win Coach of the Year honors.
Milwaukee head coach Mike Budenholzer is +450, as the Bucks have the best record in the NBA. Brad Stevens (+600) and Erik Spoelstra (+600) will be looking to make a late push.
Memphis’ Ja Morant is a hefty -455 favorite to take home the Rookie of the Year honors. Zion Williamson is trying to make Morant bettors nervous after returning from his injury, but he is currently listed at +225.