The NBA is full of players who can light up scoreboards with ease, which makes it tough to gauge which star is going to run away with the scoring title. According to oddsmakers, the electric Russell Westbrook is the favorite to garner the prestigious title this year.
At Sports Interaction, Westbrook tops the list at +220. James Harden (+230), Kevin Durant (+550), Stephen Curry (+600), DeMarcus Cousins (+650), Blake Griffin (+1000), Damian Lillard (+1200), LeBron James (+1400), Paul George (+2200) and Anthony Davis (+2200) are also within striking distance.
The player with the highest points per game average at the end of the campaign is crowned the NBA’s scoring champion.
It’s hard to bet against Westbrook in this category. The point guard will have a ridiculous amount of chances now that Kevin Durant is out of Oklahoma City, and the Thunder offense is going to run solely through him whenever he’s on the court.
With Durant on the floor in the last eight seasons, Westbrook averaged 20.7 points per game. Without the Slim Reaper, Westbrook averaged 28 in that span and won the scoring title in 2014-15 when Durant was sidelined for the majority of the campaign. Get ready for the Russell Westbrook show in OKC.
Harden is another superstar who is the unquestionable top banana on his team. The Rockets score with ease and jack up three-pointers at a rate that’s almost unheard of. Harden has blossomed into an elite guard, and it won’t be too long until he tops the Association in points.
I’d advise staying away from Curry and Durant for this prop. While Curry – the 2015-16 scoring champion – is the undisputed best shooter in the world right now, there simply aren’t going to be enough opportunities for him to top his past 30.1 points per game mark this time around.
Adding Durant to a roster that already featured Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green is frightening but Golden State will be forced to spread the ball around evenly, which means a statistical drop is likely in store for the 28-year-old while the new-look Warriors figure out how to play together.
Take a look at the full list. Who are you putting your money on?
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Odds Shark Staff Mon, May 16, 11:58am