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ROY, MVP Highlight the NBA Season Props

ROY, MVP Highlight the NBA Season Props - Bovada Sportsbook

As the NBA returns to action following last weekend’s NBA All-Star Game festivities a two-man race has emerged atop the NBA Rookie of the Year betting odds, with Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons leading the way as a strong -250 favorite.

Simmons has taken the NBA by storm in his inaugural campaign. The versatile 21-year-old entered All-Star Weekend leading all NBA rookies with 7.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game, to go along with a solid 16.4 points per game. Those numbers translated into 22 double-doubles, and his six triple-double performances established a new NBA rookie record.

Selected first overall by the Sixers at the 2016 NBA Draft after garnering SEC Freshman of the Year honors in his lone collegiate campaign with the LSU Tigers, Simmons’ NBA debut was delayed by a year after he suffered a broken foot in training camp that sidelined him for the entirety of the 2016/2017 season.

The year-long layoff failed to dampen Simmons’ position on the NBA season props. After opening as a strong +250 bet, Simmons stormed to the top of the odds as a heavy -650 favorite by early January. However, the native of Melbourne, Australia now faces stiff competition from Utah Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell, who has emerged as an intriguing +170 bet on the NBA Rookie of the Year odds.

The 13th overall selection in last year’s NBA Draft, Mitchell has played a key role in Utah’s drive back into contention for a playoff spot in the NBA’s Western Conference.

Pegged as a distant +1400 bet on opening night, the 21-year-old has tallied 30 or more points on six occasions this season, including a 40-point performance in the Jazz’s 129-97 win in Phoenix as 6-point favorites on February 2. In addition, Mitchell stole the spotlight with his dominating victory in last weekend’s NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

 

Rockets Harden Atop the NBA MVP Odds

The field has also been pared to two on the NBA MVP odds, with Houston Rockets guard James Harden sitting as a -350 favorite, well ahead of four-time MVP LeBron James, who trails as a +275 wager on those NBA prop bets.

Harden has been the driving force behind the Rockets’ drive to the top of the NBA Western Conference standings, and a short +400 bet on the NBA championship odds, averaging an impressive 32.5 points per game during a 10-game straight up winning streak.

That run includes a league-high 60-point performance in the Rockets’ 114-107 win over Orlando as 13-point home chalk, which marked the fourth time this season that Harden has surpassed 50 points in a game.

After leading the NBA in assists last season with an average of 11.2 per game, Harden sits second with 9.0 assists per game, and sits alongside Simmons with 22 double-doubles.

Conversely, it has been a roller coaster campaign for King James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have tumbled to third place in the Eastern standings during a recent 7-13 SU swoon, but maintain strong -130 odds to claim a fourth straight conference title.

However, James has remained a steady force on the court, averaging 26.5 points, 8.9 assists, and 8.1 rebounds per game, leaving the 33-year-old superstar on pace to record his best numbers since returning to Cleveland in 2014.

 

*Odds as of February 23, 2018

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