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2020-21 NBA Awards Odds: DPOY, Sixth Man & Most Improved

Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz is the favorite for Defensive Player of the Year in NBA Award odds.

Hoop heads and NBA fans are ready to block the bookies and launch from downtown for the 2020-21 NBA season and some of the best season-long futures bets to wager on are in NBA awards odds.

Those include the Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year and Most Improved Player of the Year. Odds Shark also has betting analysis for the more prized hardware in NBA Most Valuable Player and NBA Rookie of the Year.

The best basketball betting sites have newly released NBA awards odds for each of these accolades and below we break down the candidates to snag the trophies for the 2020-21 season:

NBA Defensive Player of the Year Odds

After opening as the +250 favorite in NBA Defensive Player of the Year odds, the stars seem to be aligning for Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert to win the third DPOY award of his career. The defensive anchor for the team with the NBA’s best record, Gobert has been his usual dominant self in the paint. The Frenchman is averaging 2.8 blocks per game (career high) while also grabbing 13.2 rebounds, both ranking in the top three in the league.

Utah’s defense has been its key to success in recent years and if it maintains this pace during the regular season, it will be hard to overlook Gobert’s contributions, especially since he also ranks at the top of the NBA in contested field-goal percentage in the paint. However, there are two players in the East who are climbing the oddsboard to challenge Gobert: the Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner and the Philadelphia Sixers’ Ben Simmons.

Turner has been a monster down low. The Texas product is leading the NBA with 3.4 blocks per game and chips in with 1.1 steals per contest. He opened the season at +5000 to win this award and the main thing holding him back is his rebounding, at 6.5 boards per game. There are guards in the NBA who average more rebounds than that.

In the preseason, I bet on Simmons in DPOY odds at +1200 and his odds have gone down to +400 as the Sixers continue to roll in the East. Simmons may not have the obvious defensive box score stats of Gobert and Turner but he’s still putting up a respectable 1.6 steals per game along with 8.1 rebounds.

Where his impact is lost on the stat sheet is how he impacts the game defensively on the perimeter. He’s typically tasked with guarding the opposing team’s best player at the three-point line and the narrative exists now in the NBA that he’s the best perimeter defender in the league over the likes of studs like Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

Simmons will likely end up earning All-Defense First Team accolades this season and while his chances against Gobert to win DPOY honors are shrinking by the day, if the Jazz start to slide, Simmons could swoop in and take it.

2020-21 NBA Defensive Player of The Year Odds
Rudy Gobert-190
Myles Turner+360
Ben Simmons+400
Joel Embiid+1600
Giannis Antetokounmpo+1800
Anthony Davis+2400
Bam Adebayo+12500
Draymond Green+12500
Kawhi Leonard+12500
Marcus Smart+12500
Andre Drummond+20000
Jrue Holiday+20000
Brook Lopez+20000
Jarrett Allen+25000
Jimmy Butler+25000

Odds as of March 3 at Bovada

NBA Sixth Man of the Year Odds

The Sixth Man of the Year competition may have some new blood this year after Lou Williams (+4500) and Montrezl Harrell (+2800) dominated in recent seasons, but at his current pace, Jordan Clarkson may have it wrapped up by the all-star break.

The former Laker and Cav has bounced around the league trying to find a role suited to his skill set and Utah has seemingly unlocked his offensive potential. Clarkson is averaging 18.2 points through 35 games this season and has yet to start a game.

His most significant improvement has come in his three-point shot. He’s hitting at a 37.2 percent clip on an average of 8.6 attempts per game, both career highs. Considering Clarkson only averages 26 minutes of game time, head coach Quin Snyder has given him the greenest of lights to fire away when he’s on the court to pace the offense while Donovan Mitchell sits.

2020-21 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Odds
Jordan Clarkson-450
Eric Gordon+850
Chris Boucher+1200
Terrence Ross+1800
Montrezl Harrell+2800
Goran Dragic+3000
Shake Milton+3500
Lou Williams+4500
Derrick Rose+5000

Odds as of March 3 at Bovada

NBA Most Improved Player of the Year Odds

After not even being listed as a betting candidate for any NBA award, the Detroit Pistons’ Jerami Grant has taken the top spot in Most Improved Player odds. The eighth-year forward bet on himself when opting to go play in Detroit instead of sticking it out with Denver and now he’s an odds-on favorite at -200 to win the MIP award. So, what changed? Well, without trying to sound too mean, he’s getting starter minutes on a bottom-five team in the NBA. Basically, he’s empty calories but that doesn’t mean he isn’t deserving of the award.

Grant has been the No. 1 scoring option for a team that is clearly in rebuild mode. He is now averaging 23.4 points per game, easily a career high and an 11-point jump from last season. But he isn’t just putting up points. He’s averaging career highs in rebounds, assists and three-point field-goal percentage and has started in 33 games for the Pistons, who’ll likely finish in the basement.

The problem with betting on Grant is it feels more like a default choice than a lock. That’s because Christian Wood of the Houston Rockets, the player Grant replaced in Detroit, has a strong betting case if he ever gets back on the court. Wood was the odds-on favorite through 17 games for the Most Improved Player award before he suffered an ankle sprain on February 6. Since then, Grant has seemingly elevated his game and is putting up monster stats.

Wood was doing stuff in Houston that is exactly what you want from your stretch forward. He was averaging 22 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks while shooting an excellent 55 percent from the field and 42.1 percent from behind the arc. Those are NBA all-star numbers. If he can get back on the court before the all-star break and continue to make an impact at both ends, he should be back to being an odds-on fave to win MIP. It’s worth noting that Wood opened at +2800 odds to win this award.

2020-21 NBA Most Improved Player Of The Year Odds
Jerami Grant-200
Christian Wood+375
Julius Randle+700
Jaylen Brown+750
Zach LaVine+2800
Chris Boucher+3500
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander+4000
Zion Williamson+6600
Collin Sexton+8000
Dejounte Murray+8000
De’Aaron Fox+10000
Domantas Sabonis+10000
OG Anunoby+10000
Brandon Clarke+15000

Odds as of March 3 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 front-runner, 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 non-occurrence 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.