Tonight, is the first ever NBA Awards show, hosted by Grammy winner Drake. We will find out the winners of dozens of awards including MVP, Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Sixth Man. Here are the betting odds for these awards and the best books to bet them.
Most Valuable Player
Russell Westbrook is the clear favorite to win. At Bovada, the odds imply there is a 98.0% chance the Thunder’s All-Star wins the award after becoming just the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season.
James Harden averaged 29.1 points and a league-leading 11.2 assists for a 55-win team. The Rockets guard is anywhere from +600 to +1500 to upset Westbrook. 5Dimes is offering a prop that the MVP winner will be either Westbrook or Harden (-25626, or bet $25,626 to win $100). The Field on that bet is +6375, sorry Kawhi.
Coach of the Year
There are three finalists for the award: Mike D’Antoni, Gregg Popovich and Erik Spoelstra but BetOnline isn’t offering odds on this award anymore and 5Dimes is only allowing gamblers to wager on D’Antoni or the Field.
The Rockets were a .500 team last year and improved by 14 games under D’Antoni, plus broke the single-season NBA record for 3-pointers. He is the clear favorite.
Rookie of the Year
Ben Simmons (+130) was the favorite after last year’s draft but he got hurt. Then Buddy Hield was the favorite for a while before Joel Embiid broke out (averaged 20.2 points but played only 31 games). Dario Saric then became the third Sixer favored to win but heading into tonight the Bucks Malcolm Brogdon is the oddsmaker’s choice. The point guard averaged 10.2 points for a playoff team, that last part being the differentiator between the rest of the candidates.
It is a three-horse race but only Bovada is offering odds for each finalist. The implied probability of Eric Gordon winning is 90.0% based on the odds at 5Dimes. Lou Williams could split votes with Gordon leaving the door open Iguodala.
There are clear favorites for each award, will there be any upsets? We find out tonight.
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