Westbrook’s MVP Chances Hurt By Anthony Trade
Though the Thunder’s chances of winning a title have improved, Russell Westbrook’s chances of repeating as NBA MVP just took a hit. When odds originally opened for the award in mid-August, he was +350—either the favorite or co-favorite across the market.
However, when the Cavs traded away Kyrie Irving a few weeks ago, LeBron James’ odds improved and Westbrook’s took a hit. Now, with Carmelo Anthony headed to OKC, Rusty’s odds have taken yet another hit.
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Westbrook’s chances of repeating his ridiculous 30-10-10 statline are essentially out the window. With both Paul George and Carmelo on the court, he’s going to need to share the ball way more than he did last year. Obviously, he averaged over 10 assists a game, but he also averaged 24 field goal attempts per game and ended up with nearly 400 more shots than anyone in the league. That number is about to come way down. In fact, BetOnline has posted odds on who will lead the Thunder in scoring. Westbrook is favored, but not as much as one may think.
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With Westbrook’s odds falling, Kawhi and LeBron both see their odds on the rise. Those who bet on either of them when the odds opened have some serious value in the bank.
Kyrie Irving’s odds have also been on the rise over the past month. If he can lead the Celtics to another great season and put up some great stats in the process, he’ll certainly be in the conversation.
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