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NBA Stat Leader Odds for 2020-21 Season - Points, Rebounds, Assists & More

Houston Rockets James Harden dribbling up the court trying to setup the offense.

The best of the best NBA players typically lead the league each season in statistics like points, assists, rebounds, blocks and steals, and bettors should expect to see many of the same category leaders in the 2020-21 season according to the latest betting odds for NBA stat props.

The best basketball betting sites have unveiled their annual NBA stat odds for the season, which is set to start on December 22, and James Harden is tabbed as the favorite to lead the league in points per game at +135 while LeBron James is projected to finish first in assists per game at +275. Harden has been the NBA’s top scorer for the last three seasons and James won his first assists title last season.

For the big-man statistics like rebounds and blocks, the favorite to clean the most glass is Andre Drummond at +135 while Hassan Whiteside is the +240 fave to have the most blocks per game.

Let’s break down why each player is the favorite in NBA stat odds and who could be an up-and-comer to snatch that stat title away:

Who Will Lead The NBA In Points Per Game?

Houston Rockets guard James Harden is the betting favorite to top the NBA in points per game and it’s hard to argue with the oddsmakers’ decision on that choice. Harden has been the hands-down best offensive player in the league for the last three seasons even if he won the NBA Most Valuable Player award only once in that span. His playing style isn’t for everyone as a lot of hoop aficionados find it difficult to watch but one thing they can’t deny: Harden gets buckets.

The Beard is the only NBA player to average 30 or more points in a season for the last three years and in 2019-20 he led the NBA in both three-point attempts AND free-throw attempts. As long as he’s a member of the Houston Rockets (stay tuned), Harden is going to continue to put up eye-popping scoring numbers so his odds at +135 might be a bargain.

The only player who might be able to challenge Harden, because he has just as much of a green light to shoot, is Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks. While the Hawks still have a lot to prove in the standings, Young has already arrived as an elite scorer in the NBA entering his third season.

The Oklahoma product has modeled his game after sharpshooters like Stephen Curry and Harden for deep-range shooting off the dribble. The part of Young’s game that goes unnoticed, since these ridiculous half-court shots are what gets on SportsCenter, is he got to the free-throw line 9.3 times per game last season. The numbers are there for him to take another leap in scoring and after averaging 29.6 points per game last year, his odds at +1600 are certainly worth considering.

2020-21 NBA Points Per Game Leader Odds
PlayerOdds
James Harden+135
Luka Doncic+650
Damian Lillard+650
Stephen Curry+800
Russell Westbrook+1000
Giannis Antetokounmpo+1100
Devin Booker+1100
Trae Young+1600
Kevin Durant+2000
Bradley Beal+2500
Anthony Davis+2800
Kyrie Irving+5000
Zach LaVine+6000
Kawhi Leonard+6000
Jayson Tatum+6000
Jamal Murray+8500
Brandon Ingram+12500
Nikola Jokic+12500
Donovan Mitchell+12500
Karl-Anthony Towns+12500
TJ Warren+12500

Odds as of December 10 at Bovada


Who Will Lead the NBA In Assists Per Game?

At this stage of his career, LeBron James tends to be more of a facilitator and closer than the No. 1 scoring option on his team, so it makes sense that sportsbooks would make him the favorite to lead the NBA in assists per game. Last season, he earned the assists title by averaging 9.3 dimes and with most of the NBA championship roster returning to the fold along with some fortifications, he has even more options to swing the ball to.

While James could definitely finish as the assists leader again, there’s some new blood in Dallas that could be ready to take the mantel. Luka Doncic is already a true superstar in the NBA and currently is the favorite to win NBA MVP, but he showed in only his second year what kind of playmaker he can be.

Doncic finished third in the NBA last season in assists per game and he may take another leap because of the absence of Kristaps Porzingis. No Zinger in Dallas for the first quarter of the season means Luka is going to be facing double-teams all day from the opposition. In turn, he will need to swing the ball to the open man more frequently, much like he played vs the Clippers in the postseason. At +400, I’m all-in on the Luka Train.

2020-21 NBA Assists Per Game Leader Odds
PlayerOdds
LeBron James+275
Trae Young+300
Luka Doncic+400
Ricky Rubio+700
Ben Simmons+1100
Russell Westbrook+1100
James Harden+1600
Ja Morant+1600
Damian Lillard+1600
John Wall+2200
Lonzo Ball+4000
Malcolm Brogdon+4000
Devonte’ Graham+4000
Kyle Lowry+4000
Chris Paul+4000
LaMelo Ball+6600
Stephen Curry+6600
De’Aaron Fox+8000

Odds as of December 10 at Bovada


Who Will Lead the NBA In Rebounds Per Game?

A certified rebounding machine since he entered the NBA, Andre Drummond is again the favorite in NBA stat odds to lead the league in rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers center was the favorite for this prop prior to each of the last two seasons and cashed at +250 in 2019 and +125 in 2020.

Drummond will be starting his first full season with the Cavs after being acquired at last year’s trade deadline and on this team, as it’s currently constructed, it might be difficult for him to match his efforts from previous years.

In the eight games he played with the Cavs, his rebounding numbers dipped from 15.1 per game to 11.1. Cleveland has also ranked in the bottom five in opponent field-goal percentage and opponent three-point percentage, so his opportunity for defensive rebounds will drop as a result unless the team gets better on defense.

2020-21 NBA Rebounds Per Game Leader Odds
PlayerOdds
Andre Drummond+135
Giannis Antetokounmpo+325
Rudy Gobert+400
Hassan Whiteside+500
Domantas Sabonis+2000
Joel Embiid+2000
Nikola Vucevic+3300
Jonas Valanciunas+4000
Bam Adebayo+5000
Jarrett Allen+5000
Anthony Davis+5000
Nikola Jokic+5000
DeAndre Jordan+5000
Tristan Thompson+5500
Mitchell Robinson+6000
Steven Adams+10000
Luka Doncic+10000
Derrick Favors+10000
Kevin Love+10000
Kristaps Porzingis+10000
Julius Randle+10000

Odds as of December 10 at Bovada


Who Will Lead The League In Blocks Per Game?

Hassan Whiteside isn’t an NBA player who can be counted on for much but he’s elite in the one thing he does well and that’s block shots. The nine-year pro has made three stops in his career between Sacramento, Miami and Portland and since the 2014-15 season, he’s averaged 1.7 blocks per game or better.

What’s perhaps most impressive about that feat is that he’s done it while averaging 26.7 minutes per game for his career while also having to deal with his position slowly being phased out of the current NBA game as a center with limited offensive capability. At +240, he’s a solid choice as the favorite but the player who could turn heads for this NBA statistic is Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers at +700.

The blocks leader for the 2018-19 season, Turner is the anchor of the Pacers defense in the key and while he still did average 2.1 blocks per game last season, he was battling an ankle injury for most of the year, which limited his vertical to contest shots. He’s the best value on the board based on shot-blocking history and the defensive style and personnel of the Pacers roster.

2020-21 NBA Blocks Per Game Leader Odds
PlayerOdds
Hassan Whiteside+240
Rudy Gobert+300
Anthony Davis+350
Brook Lopez+450
Myles Turner+700
Mitchell Robinson+900
Kristaps Porzingis+2500
Bam Adebayo+5000
LaMarcus Aldridge+5000
Jarrett Allen+5000
Andre Drummond+5000
Jaren Jackson Jr. +5000
Steven Adams+10000
Giannis Antetokounmpo+10000
Chris Boucher+10000
Nerlens Noel+10000
Karl-Anthony Towns+10000
James Wiseman+10000

Odds as of December 10 at Bovada


Who Will Lead The NBA In Steals Per Game?

Steals and swipes in the NBA can sometimes be incidental just because an opponent may throw a cross-court pass through the key or a bounce pass into the paint that’s easily snared. Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers has been making a living off of that since entering the league. That’s why he’s favored in NBA stat odds to lead the league in steals again this season.

The point forward has his detractors on offense but on defense, he is world-class. Simmons finally was recognized for that skill by being named to the NBA All-Defense team this past season so, at +220, the odds are decent for him to repeat this feat.

2020-21 NBA Steals Per Game Leader Odds
PlayerOdds
Ben Simmons+220
Stephen Curry+375
Kris Dunn+500
Andre Drummond+600
Fred VanVleet+950
Jimmy Butler+1100
Kawhi Leonard+1100
James Harden+1600
Dejounte Murray+2500
Marcus Smart+2500
OG Anunoby+5000
Lonzo Ball+5000
Robert Covington+5000
De’Aaron Fox+5000
Jrue Holiday+5000
Kyle Lowry+5000
Matisse Thybulle+5000
John Wall+5000
Russell Westbrook+5000

Odds as of December 10 at Bovada