As the saying goes, we have good news and we have bad news.
First, the good news.
Luka Dončić already has been installed as the favorite to win the 2021-22 MVP award, Bovada.com posted on their website.
The Mavericks’ point guard is 11/2 to win the honor as the league’s most valuable player. Next on the list is Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant at 7/1, followed by Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo at 8/1 and Golden State’s Steph Curry at 9/1.
The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James and Portland’s Damian Lillard both are 12/1, according to Bovada.
Dončić finished sixth in MVP balloting this season and was fourth in the voting in 2019-20.
Dončić also is third in the odds for top scoring average per game (5/1), behind Washington’s Bradley Beal and Curry.
Now, for the bad news.
Nine teams, including six from the Western Conference, are listed as having better odds to win the 2021-22 NBA championship than the Mavericks.
They come in at 28/1, meaning that a $100 bet on the Mavericks to win it all would pay for a season ticket, should the Mavs come through.
The favorites to win next season’s trophy?
Brooklyn is 3/1, the Lakers are 11/2 and the newly crowned 2021 champion Milwaukee Bucks are 9/1.
Also ahead of the Mavericks on the odds board: Golden State at 12/1, Phoenix at 15/1, the LA Clippers at 18/1, Philadelphia at 18/1, Utah at 18/1 and Denver at 20/1.
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