NBA Awards Odds: DPOY, Rookie of the Year, NBA MVP Odds and more

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This NBA season will be all about Victor Wembanyama of the San Antonio Spurs ... unless it isn't. Look, the guy is so skinny he needs to run around in the shower in order to get wet, and whether he is ready or not for the grind of an 82-game NBA season remains to be seen. If he breaks down, gambling opportunities abound in NBA Rookie of the Year odds.

In other individual awards markets, there are a couple of worthy outsiders that we will highlight. Same with other awards, such as NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

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NBA MVP Odds 2023: Who's the Favorite?

Nobody since Larry Bird (1984-86) has won this award three times in a row, and there is no doubt that voters took that into consideration when choosing the winner of last season's NBA MVP award. Let's have a look at the NBA MVP award odds at ESPN BET Ohio.

We can start by saying the Jokic is a worthy favorite after finishing just two-tenths of a percentage point shy of averaging a triple-double. Every first-team All-NBA player is listed above, and the differentiator for NBA MVP could be which team overachieves the most. Cleveland fans tracking Cavs odds may feel like wagering on Donovan Mitchell who is on the board as a longshot.

When Is the MVP Announced for NBA?

At the conclusion of the regular season, the league office decides which order to announce the awards depending on player availability. Ideally, they announce MVP last. But if that player is knocked out in the first round, the NBA MVP is announced in early May rather than late May.

Who Votes for NBA MVP?

A panel of 100 national broadcasters and NBA writers choose the winner of the NBA MVP. Last season, Mark Jackson of ESPN left Jokic off his ballot. He no longer works there, nor does Jalen Rose, who had Jokic third. They will be replaced on the voting panel this season, which should not significantly impact anyone's NBA MVP odds to win.

Where Can I Bet on NBA Most Valuable Player?

All of the major sportsbooks list NBA MVP odds, including BetMGM Ohio, Caesars, DraftKings and ESPNBet. Sports gambling is legal in Ohio and in the neighboring state of Kentucky, which will impact the odds for Cleveland teams from time to time. If the Cavs continue to bounce back from their 4-6 start, Donovan Mitchell for MVP, Evan Mobley for Defensive Player of the Year and Max Strus for Most Improved Player will draw considerable action in Ohio. A former member of the Cleveland Cavs who you may have heard of, LeBron James, is on the board for Most Valuable Player.

Who Will Win NBA MVP 2023?

My gut tells me that it will be Jokic because his Denver Nuggets return intact, and he is the most unstoppable force in the league. But when perusing NBA MVP odds, keep an eye on Domantas Sabonis of the Sacramento Kings, who is on ESPN BET's board and had 14 triple-doubles last season. If he doubles that number and the Kings compete for first place in the West, remember that particular NBA MVP odds tout. Also, Durant is carrying more of the load than had been expected in Phoenix because of Bradley Beal's back injury. That will eventually draw him some voting consideration if Phoenix continues to rebound well from its 4-6 start.

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NBA Rookie of the Year Odds: Who's the Favorite?

Wembanyana is the most hyped Rookie of the Year candidate to enter the NBA since LeBron James or Yao Ming, and the French kid is clearly a generational talent. But whether he can top the rookie class in several statistical categories remains an unknown, and the Spurs will still be among the league's worst teams. Usually, a team's record does not matter to voters if a rookie is incredibly dominant compared to the competition. But if a rookie does great things for a team that vastly exceeds expectations, that counts for a lot.

It's hard to pick against a prohibitive favorite, but one of the things for gamblers to consider in looking at the Rookie of the Year award is that voters will give extra credit to players on teams that outperform expectations. But mainly, the guy with the best stats wins. If there are injuries to Wembanyana and Holmgren, this market gets turned upside down.

Who Will Win Rookie of the Year NBA 2023?

Scoot Henderson will eventually be a super stud in the NBA, and his timeline in terms of being a major contributor in terms of playing time have been impacted by an ankle injury that could keep him sidelined into early December. So we counsel you to watch those Houston players closely.

NBA DPOY Odds: Who's the Favorite?

Jaren Jackson Jr. spent the summer playing for Team USA in the FIBA World Championship, and he is coming off a regular season in which he had 189 blocks, the same number as Nic Claxton of Brooklyn and four fewer than Brook Lopez of Milwaukee. Because he played in just 63 games, Jackson led the NBA in blocks at 3.0 per game and was NBA Defensive Player of the Year over Lopez. Jrue Holiday, then with Milwaukee, was the only non-big in the top 10 in voting for the top NBA defensive player.

NBA Defensive Player of the Year traditionally goes to the defensive player who is at or near the top in blocked shots, but every so often a terrific on-the-ball defender or a guy who piles up steals gets it. Guards were named the best NBA defensive player five times in six years in the '80s, and Marcus Smart won it two years ago.

Who Will Win Defensive Player of the Year NBA?

O.G. Anunoby is entering the final year of his contract and led the league in steals last season. We loved him preseason at +2000, especially since Fred Van Vleet is gone and he will be a featured player for Toronto, but he is down from 1.9 steals to 1.3. The league leader in steals is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who is on the DPOY board with juicy odds. Watch for that.

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NBA 6th Man of the Year Odds: Who's the Favorite?

This was a two-man race between Malcolm Brogdon of Boston and Immanuel Quickley of New York last season. The only other player receiving votes was Milwaukee's Bobby Portis. This season, it is fairly wide open.

This is a truly wide-open race. Two years ago, Tyler Herro ran away with the Sixth Man award after a phenomenal preseason, so we counsel studying Knicks trade rumors, because if general manager Leon Rose makes a move, Quickley will be playing elsewhere (and starting).

Who Will Win NBA Sixth Man of the Year?

Always watch the player from the overachieving team. Hardaway and Monk fit that bill, but Quickley is favored for good reason: He has been fantastic.

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Chris Sheridan is a veteran NBA writer who has been covering the league since 1992, with a specialty in international basketball after being credentialed for every Olympics since 1996 in Atlanta. He has been covering sports gambling since 2018.

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