Updated NBA odds: Jokic now massive ‘chalk’ to win MVP

New York's Julius Randle is heavily favored to win the NBA's Comeback Player of the Year award.

As the NBA’s regular season winds down, several players are becoming heavier favorites to win various awards.

Nikola Jokic was once as long as 29/1 to win the MVP, but he has been picking up steam ever since January. He finally moved to a -134 favorite against the field in early April before going to -335 following teammate Jamal Murray’s season-ending injury two weeks ago.

Jokic saw a slight adjustment to -400 last week. He is now nearing ‘lock’ territory, listed at -1000 against the field following a 30-point, 14-rebound and 7-assist performance at the Clippers on Saturday. Jokic is averaging 26.2 points, 10.9 boards and 8.5 assists this season.

The only other player listed inside of 20/1 odds for the award at DraftKings is Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, who is +450. Embiid was +350 last Monday, but he was held under 22 points in three of his four games since then.

Another award favorite who has caught more steam over the past week is LaMelo Ball. He returned from an injury, which caused him to take back over as the Rookie of the Year favorite. Ball went from +150 to -305 after the news was released that he would return to the court.

He scored 11 points against Detroit and then had 14 points, six rebounds and five assists against Miami on Sunday. Ball has now jumped to -500, putting him well ahead of Minnesota’ Anthony Edwards (+275) as the season winds down.

New York’s Julius Randle had held steady as a -500 ‘chalk’ to win the Most Improved Player award over a two-week span, but he is now essentially a lock. DraftKings has Randle listed at -2000—Jerami Grant (+500) is the only other player inside of 20/1.

Some other big favorites for various awards include Jordan Clarkson and Rudy Gobert. Clarkson is a -2000 favorite to win the Sixth Man of the Year award, while Gobert is -560 to win the Defensive Player of the Year title.

The Coach of the Year market is the only competitive award heading down the stretch. Phoenix head coach Monty Williams is -177, while Utah’s Quin Snyder is +175. New York’s Tom Thibodeau is also in the mix at +200.

There has been zero movement among the top five favorites to win the NBA Finals. The Nets (+240), Lakers (+350), Clippers (+500), Jazz (+700) and Bucks (+750) are still viewed as the contenders. Philadelphia (12/1) and Phoenix (16/1) are the only other teams within 35/1 to win the title.

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