Westbrook’s MVP Chances Hurt By Anthony Trade

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.

Player12/4 (Bovada)10/23 (Bovada)10/16 (Bovada)9/24 (Bovada)8/23 (Bovada)8/16 (Bovada)8/13 (Paddy Power)
James Harden+115+1000+1000+1000+900+800+700
Giannis Antetokounmpo+400+250+1000+1000+850+850+750
LeBron James+400+500+400+450+500+750+750
Kyrie Irving+900+1200+1200+1200+1500+5000N/A
Kevin Durant+1500+800+550+550+550+450+350
Russell Westbrook+1500+1000+600+600+450+350+350
Steph Curry+1800+1200+1200+1200+1200+1100+1100
Kawhi Leonard+2800+600+400+350+400+650+550
Joel Embiid+3300+2500+2500+4000+5000+5000+5000
Anthony Davis+4000+2500+1800+1800+1800+1600+1600
Kristaps Porzingis+4000+2500+10000+10000+10000+10000N/A
John Wall+5000+2800+3300+3300+3300+3300+3000
Ben Simmons+5000+3300+8000+8000+8000+6600N/A
Karl-Anthony Towns+6000+2500+3300+3300+3300+3300+3000
DeMarcus Cousins+7000N/A+4000+4000+4000+3300+3000
Damian Lillard+7500N/A+4000+5000+5000+5000+4500
Andre Drummond+8000N/A+25000+25000+25000+25000N/A
LaMarcus Aldridge+8000N/A+25000N/AN/AN/AN/A
Nikola Jokic+10000N/A+4000+4000+4000+4000+3300
Demar Derozan+10000N/A+6000+6000+6000+5000+5000
Paul GeorgeN/AN/A+3000+3000+3000+2500+2000
Chris PaulN/AN/A+3300+3300+3300+2500+3300
Jimmy ButlerN/AN/A+8000+10000+10000+7500+9000
Andrew WigginsN/AN/A+10000+8000+8000+7500N/A
Draymond GreenN/AN/A+10000+10000+10000+6000N/A
Blake GriffinN/A+5000+4000+4000+4000+4000+3000
Gordon HaywardN/AN/A+10000+10000+10000+7000+6600
Carmelo AnthonyN/AN/A+10000+10000+10000+7500+6000
Kyle LowryN/AN/A+15000+15000+15000+10000+9000
Kemba WalkerN/AN/A+15000+15000+15000+15000N/A
Kevin LoveN/AN/A+20000+20000+20000+10000N/A
Marc GasolN/AN/A+20000+20000+20000+15000N/A
Bradley BealN/AN/A+20000+20000+20000+20000N/A
Mike ConleyN/AN/A+20000+20000+20000+20000+15000
Paul MillsapN/AN/A+20000+25000+25000+15000N/A
Dirk NowitzkiN/AN/A+25000+25000+25000+25000+50000
Dwight HowardN/AN/A+25000+25000+25000+25000N/A
Hassan WhitesideN/AN/A+25000+25000+25000+25000N/A
Devin BookerN/AN/A+25000+25000N/AN/AN/A
Goran DragicN/AN/A+25000N/AN/AN/AN/A
Daniel TheisN/AN/A+99900N/AN/AN/AN/A
Isaiah ThomasN/AN/AN/A+3500+3500+2500+2000
Jeff TeagueN/AN/AN/A+25000+25000+25000N/A

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.

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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Mark Gallant

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