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.

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 preseason NBA MVP award odds at FanDuel Sportsbook Ohio.

Nikola Jokić, Denver Nuggets+430
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks+550
Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks+550
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers+750
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics+750
Kevin Durant, Phoenix Suns+1300
Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors+1300
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns+2300
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder+2300
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers+2900

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. If Lillard gets traded to Miami as everyone expects, his MVP odds will shrink. But that likely needs to happen before the regular season begins. Cleveland fans tracking Cavs odds will want to wager on Donovan Mitchell, whose odds are +3100.

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 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 and DraftKings. Sports gambling is legal in Ohio, and the neighboring state of Kentucky will have online gambling in late September, which will impact the odds for Cleveland teams from time to time. Donovan Mitchell for MVP and Evan Mobley for Defensive Player of the Year will draw considerable action in Ohio. A former member of the Cleveland Cavs who you may have heard of, LeBron James, begins the season at +5000 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 FanDuel's board at +7500 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.

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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.

Victor Wembanyama, San Antonio Spurs+125
Scoot Henderson, Portland Trail Blazers+300
Chet Holmgren, Oklahoma City Thunder+340
Brandon Miller, Charlotte Hornets+1400
Amen Thompson, Houston Rockets+3400
Can Whitmore, Houston Rockets+4000
Keyonte George, Houston Rockets+5000
Auser Thompson, Detroit Pistons+5000
Jarace Walker, Indiana Pacers+8000
Gradey Dick, Toronto Raptors+8000

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.

Who Will Win Rookie of the Year NBA 2023?

Scoot Henderson will be a super stud in the NBA, and his timeline in terms of being a major contributor in terms of playing time will be impacted by whether Lillard is traded prior to the season and he takes over as the Blazers' main weapon. Since that seems likely, Henderson is the pick.


NBA DPOY Odds: Who's the Favorite?

Jaren Jackson Jr. is currently 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 of Milwaukee was the only non-big in the top 10 in voting for the top NBA defensive player.

Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis Grizzlies+550
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks+650
Evan Mobley, Cleveland Cavaliers+750
Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers+1000
Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat+1000
Rudy Gobert, Minnesota Timberwolves+1600
Brook Lopez, Milwaukee Bucks+1600
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors+2300
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia Sixers+2300
Nic Claxton, Brooklyn Nets+2300

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 love him at +4000, especially since Fred Van Vleet is gone and he will be a featured player for Toronto.

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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.

Malcolm Brogdon, Boston Celtics+800
Immanuel Quickley, New York Knicks+850
Norman Powell, Los Angeles Clippers+850
Malik Monk, Sacramento Kings+1000
Buddy Hield, Indiana Pacers+1000
Caleb Martin, Miami Heat+2000
Bobby Portis, Milwaukee Bucks+2000
Chris Paul, Golden State Warriors+2000
Bogdan Bogdanovic, Atlanta Hawks+2300
Caris LeVert, Cleveland Cavaliers+2300

This is a truly wide-open race, with Hield in the top five even though he is likely to be a starter. Two years ago, Tyler Herro ran away with the Sixth Man award after a phenomenal preseason, so we counsel studying October exhibition box scores and jumping on whoever is killing it.

Who Will Win NBA Sixth Man of the Year?

Bruce Brown left the NBA champion Denver Nuggets to join coach Rick Carlisle in Indiana, where he has a so-so team with very low expectations. But Brown is a glue guy and a leader on a team that needs some guidance for young bucks Bennedict Mathurin and Tyrese Haliburton, and he will have a much better opportunity to produce offensively on a consistent basis. We like him a lot at +11000. Also, watch for Orlando Robinson of Miami, who killed it in Summer League but is not yet on the board for the upcoming regular season.

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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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