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2019-20 NBA Awards Odds And Expert Picks

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Hoop heads and basketball fans are ready to block the bookies and launch from downtown for the 2019-20 NBA season and some of the best season-long futures bets to wager on are for NBA player awards.

These include the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year, Most Improved Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year.

Online sportsbook Bovada has unveiled the betting odds for each one of these award props and I’m going to give you my favorite pick for each accolade.

If you don’t want to bet on the individual NBA awards, skip this article altogether and check out each NBA team’s betting odds to make the playoffs and the OVER-UNDER projected regular-season win totals for all 30 NBA teams.

NBA Most Valuable Player

Nikola Jokic +1200

My pick to win MVP is Nuggets center Nikola Jokic at +1200 as he’s been the focal point of the offense on a team that is expected to win at least 50 games this season. The Joker and his dad bod nearly averaged a triple-double last year and he led all centers with 7.3 assists per game.

Some of this will come down to the standings as voters tend to reward the best player on the team with the best record. However, considering how splintered the Western Conference is now, the Nuggets’ roster continuity is actually an asset for this pick and if the Nuggets are a top-two team in the West and Jokic stays healthy, he’s the best value on the board.

As mentioned in my more in-depth piece about which NBA player will win MVP, I explicitly said to not bet on players from the Los Angeles teams (LeBron, Davis, Kawhi, PG13) as it’s unknown which player will need to sacrifice stats for the greater good.

2019-20 NBA Most Valuable Player Award Odds
Giannis Antetokounmpo+300
Stephen Curry+550
LeBron James+650
Anthony Davis+700
James Harden+800
Kawhi Leonard+900
Joel Embiid+1200
Nikola Jokic+1200
Russell Westbrook+1400
Paul George+1600
Damian Lillard+2800
Karl-Anthony Towns+3000
Kyrie Irving+3300
Donovan Mitchell+4000
Kemba Walker+4000
Luka Doncic+5000
Ben Simmons+6000
Jimmy Butler+7500
Blake Griffin+10000
DeMar DeRozan+10000
Trae Young+10000
Zion Williamson+10000
Nikola Vucevic+10000
Rudy Gobert+12500

Odds as of October 16 at Bovada              

NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Rudy Gobert +145

I wanted to make a case for another player like the Pacers’ Myles Turner (+2000) or the Warriors’ Draymond Green (+1800), but neither of those players can impose their will defensively like Utah’s Rudy Gobert. The francophone center was third in blocked shots and spearheaded a Jazz squad that was fourth in opponent points per game (106.5) last season.

It’s not uncommon for a player to win this award consecutively and Gobert has taken the award the last two seasons. Unless he gets hurt, he’s the best bet to make it three in a row.

If I had to make a case for anyone else, it would be Myles Turner (+2000) with the Pacers as he led the league in blocked shots, but he only averaged 7.2 rebounds last season. Unless he moves that to double digits, he will not win this award.

2019-20 NBA Defensive Player of The Year Odds
Rudy Gobert+145
Giannis Antetokounmpo+375
Paul George+600
Anthony Davis+800
Joel Embiid+850
Kawhi Leonard+1600
Draymond Green+1800
Myles Turner+2000
Jrue Holiday+2500
Mitchell Robinson+2500
Ben Simmons+4000
Brook Lopez+5000
Zion Williamson+7000
Al Horford+7000
Clint Capela+7000

Odds as of October 16 at Bovada

NBA Sixth Man of the Year

Spencer Dinwiddie +700

On paper, the Clippers’ Lou Williams looks like a lock for this award. He won’t be starting for the Clips as he’ll continue his role providing scoring punch off the bench and, barring injury, they’ll likely win 50 or more games.

But I feel uneasy about backing him because unlike the last two seasons in Los Angeles, he likely won’t be the leading scorer for the Clippers this season since Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are on the squad.

That’s why I love the pick of Spencer Dinwiddie (+700) with the Brooklyn Nets. Dinwiddie is currently the backup point guard but will still get his chance to be on the court in crunch time with Kyrie Irving. The Bitcoin King upped his scoring to 16.8 points per game last season while shooting 45 percent from the field.

The only other player I would consider is Derrick Rose (+1800) with the Pistons but health could be a factor and I’m leery of his ability to play more than 50 games with his balky knees.

2019-20 NBA Sixth Man Of The Year Odds
Lou Williams+170
Spencer Dinwiddie+700
Terrence Ross+900
Montrezl Harrell+900
Jerami Grant+1400
Eric Gordon+1400
Bobby Portis+1800
Derrick Rose+1800
Jaylen Brown+1800
Dennis Schroder+2000
JJ Redick+2000
Kelly Oubre+2200
Bogdan Bogdanovic+2800
Jordan Clarkson+3000
Serge Ibaka+5000
Rodney Hood+5000
Seth Curry+5000
Jabari Parker+5000
Grayson Allen+5000
Tyus Jones+5500
Emmanuel Mudiay+6000
James Ennis+6000
Justin Holiday+6000
Patty Mills+6000
Mikal Bridges+6000
Marcus Smart+6000

Odds as of October 16 at Bovada

NBA Most Improved Player

Dejounte Murray +2000

The starting point guard with the San Antonio Spurs missed all of last season due to a torn ACL but reports from the Alamo say he’s looked great in training camp. The Spurs had to do a point guard by committee last year with him on the mend but he’s in a prime position to bounce back.

This award is tough to handicap because you’re essentially picking players to bounce back from a terrible year or studs to improve their numbers so drastically it would be historic.

The only other player I would consider would be Lonzo Ball (+2500) with the New Orleans Pelicans. He’ll be the starter in the Bayou with tons of talent around him to throw lobs and make easy outlet passes to. But if he can’t play more than 65 games or his career three-point shooting rate of 31.6 percent doesn’t improve, he doesn’t stand a chance.

2019-20 NBA Most Improved Player Award Odds
Jayson Tatum+1000
Terry Rozier+1100
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander+1400
John Collins+1800
Bam Adebayo+2000
Jonathan Isaac+2000
Dejounte Murray+2000
De’Aaron Fox+2000
Jaylen Brown+2200
Miles Bridges+2500
Trae Young+2500
Lonzo Ball+2500
Luka Doncic+2500
Marvin Bagley III+2500
Caris LeVert+3000
Brandon Ingram+3000
Malcolm Brogdon+3000
Thomas Bryant+3000
Markelle Fultz+4000
Domantas Sabonis+4000
Jamal Murray+4000
Julius Randle+4000
Jonas Valanciunas+4000
Jaren Jackson Jr. +4000
Donovan Mitchell+4000
Bogdan Bogdanovic+4000
Zach Collins +5000
Kelly Oubre+5000
OG Anunoby+5000
Norman Powell+5000
Lauri Markkanen+5000
Aaron Gordon+5000
Zach LaVine+5000
Steven Adams+5000
Taurean Prince+5000
Kevon Looney+6000
Jarrett Allen+6000
Montrezl Harrell+6000
Deandre Ayton+6000
Cedi Osman+6000
Dennis Smith Jr. +6000
Isaiah Thomas+6000
Mitchell Robinson+6000
Harry Giles+6000
Allonzo Trier+6000
Grayson Allen+6000
Landry Shamet+6000
Frank Ntilikina+7000
Robert Williams+7000
Kristaps Porzingis+7000
Tyus Jones+10000
Derrick Rose+10000
Delon Wright+10000
Alex Caruso+10000
Dante Exum+10000

Odds as of October 16 at Bovada

NBA Rookie of the Year

RJ Barrett +550

The Pelicans’ Zion Williamson is the -130 favorite and while he looks like the real deal, I tend to think NBA defenses will figure him out soon to make him shoot more threes, which is one of his weaknesses.

This is why I’m going with the Knicks’ RJ Barrett at +550 because he’ll be given plenty of opportunity in the Big Apple to run the offense. He led the ACC in scoring last season with Duke and has looked impressive in the preseason.

There’s been a lot of buzz about Tyler Herro (+2000) with the Miami Heat as he’s been lighting it up from behind the arc in the preseason, but shooting can tend to go cold in an 82-game season. There will be plenty of games where he’ll get lost in the shuffle in Erik Spoelstra’s offense but he does have great value.

2019-20 NBA Rookie of the Year Award Odds
Zion Williamson-130
Ja Morant+350
RJ Barrett+550
Michael Porter Jr. +1600
Coby White+1800
Darius Garland+1800
De’Andre Hunter+2500
Jarrett Culver+2500
Rui Hachimura+2500
Cameron Reddish+2800
Tyler Herro+4000
Bol Bol+5000
Mfiondu Kabengele+5000
Nickeil Alexander-Walker+6000
Brandon Clarke+6000
Jaxson Hayes+7000
Sekou Doumbouya+7000
Grant Williams+8000
Keldon Johnson+10000
Nassir Little +10000
PJ Washington+10000
Kevin Porter +15000
Goga Bitadze+25000
KZ Okpala+50000
Bruno Fernando+50000

Odds as of October 16 at Bovada

NBA Coach of the Year

Mike Malone (+1200)

I’m fairly bullish on the Nuggets this season and they’re my pick to have the best record in the Western Conference. Typically, the team with the best record usually gets the spoils of Coach of the Year so it’s a natural connection. Malone was one of the three candidates up for the award last season but it went to Mike Budenholzer with the Bucks, who had the best record in the NBA.

Another reason why I like Malone to get this hardware is it makes a good story for the steadily improved team to finally win the West. Doc Rivers, who is the +300 favorite, won’t likely win it because if the Clippers have the best record, the credit will go to the players instead of him.

2019-20 NBA Coach Of The Year Odds
Doc Rivers+300
Quin Snyder+600
Brad Stevens+700
Frank Vogel+850
Mike Malone+1200
Mike D’Antoni +1200
Gregg Popovich+1400
Kenny Atkinson+2000
Nate McMillan+2000
Luke Walton+2000
Alvin Gentry+2000
Mike Budenholzer+2000
Brett Brown+2000
Steve Kerr+3000
Erik Spoelstra+3000
Terry Stotts+3000
Rick Carlisle+4500
Nick Nurse +5000
Steve Clifford+5000
Jim Boylen+7000
Lloyd Pierce+8000
Ryan Saunders+8000
Dwane Casey+8000
David Fizdale+10000
Taylor Jenkins+10000
John Beilein+10000
Monty Williams+10000
James Borrego+10000
Scott Brooks+10000
Billy Donovan+10000

Odds as of October 16 at Bovada

How to Read NBA Awards Odds

When you go to any sportsbook, you’ll see prop odds for the various NBA awards listed like so:

Sixth Man of the Year

Lou Williams +150

Spencer Dinwiddie +300

Terrence Ross +500

Generally, favorites are represented by the minus sign (-), whereas underdogs are shown by the plus sign (+). In this case, the player with the lowest odds is the frontrunner, the rest are dogs.

If you were to bet $100 on Williams, you’d get a payout of $250 – you get your $100 back along with your winnings of $150. That same $100 on Ross would give you $600 – your original money is returned coupled with your prize of $500. Bets on underdogs are riskier which is why they come with greater rewards.

To find out what you’d win based on your bet amount and the odds offered at the betting site, check out our Odds Calculator.

What is an NBA Prop Bet?

This is a wager on the occurrence or nonoccurrence of specific player or team milestones that may not directly relate to the outcome of a certain game. The prop bet here is on odds to win different NBA Awards. These are set by oddsmakers early but you’ll notice that the lines move as the season progresses. A coach could be a lock for Coach of the Year in December only to see his odds shift as his team underperforms in February. We suggest jumping on odds you like when you see them to get the most value out of your bets.