Looking for suggestions on betting certain player props for the 2021-22 season? We’ve got you covered. All odds courtesy of Draft Kings Nation and our official partner Draft Kings.
NBA Sixth Man of the Year
In 2020-21, two Mavericks received votes for Sixth Man of the Year. Tim Hardaway Jr. finished fifth in voting with five second-place votes and nine third-place votes. Jalen Brunson finished one spot ahead of him with 14 second-place votes and 25 third-place votes. It was an impressive showing for Brunson who had a very good regular season. But he was held in check by the taller and much more athletic defenders the Clippers threw at him, and his poor play is likely working against his ability to win the award this year.
At +2000, Brunson enters the season with the 12th best odds to win the award. He’ll need to start hot in order to change the narrative around him and convince voters his value to the team was not overstated. He presents tremendous value if you believe Brunson will take a step forward this season and help fill the role of secondary playmaker. If he can consistently close games ahead of some of the wings, 20 to 1 odds seem like a gift. If he doesn’t close games and if you believe Goran Dragic will eventually join the Mavs, the odds seem about right. We would recommend a small shot in the dark wager. A good start to the season might lower the odds and eliminate much of the value.
NBA Coach of the Year
Once you stop laughing and/or angrily shouting at your computer, take a second to think about it. Kidd (+1400) currently has better odds to win the award than Chris Finch in Minnesota, James Borrego in Charlotte, Taylor Jenkins in Memphis, and he whose name shall not be spoken in Indiana.
The narrative for a Kidd win is staring us right in the face. Team endures an offseason of organizational dysfunction. The team’s star is reported to have a toe out the door. Team decides to hire one of their own despite having failed at his two previous spots. The new coach took the lessons he learned coaching the league’s best player to a championship and helped his new team rise from the ashes of decade-long failures like a majestic Phoenix.
Crazier things have happened, and really a wager on Kidd is a wager on Luka. If you believe Luka will take yet another step forward and lead this team to a top two or three seed in the West, there are worse bets to make.
NBA Defensive Player of the Year
You’re right, let’s move on.
NBA Most Improved Player
Here’s where things get interesting. Kristaps Porzingis is currently listed at +8000. That means a $10 dollar bet could net you $810.
Are you willing to bet that Porzingis can reach his level of play from the bubble and stay healthy for most of the season? The odds of that happening are probably better than 80 to 1. It’s not a probable or likely scenario but it is possible.
You shouldn’t open up a credit card in your child’s name and use the card to take out a cash advance in order to place a bet on him to win. We are simply saying there are worse ways to spend 10 bucks (case in point).
For better or worse, the Mavericks’ immediate future rests on the shoulders of one man. If Porzingis can play like a true second banana and flash the type of brilliance on both ends of the court we saw in New York and for a couple of blissful weeks in Orlando, the sky is the ceiling for the Mavericks.
Most Valuable Player
As you probably know, Luka Doncic is the early favorite to win MVP. At +380, he is ahead of Joel Embiid, Kevin Durant, and Giannis. He entered last season as the favorite as well, but those talks died after the Mavs’ disastrous start.
We would recommend staying away for now.
Doncic is likely to have better odds when one of the other players listed starts off hot. Now, if Luka is going to win MVP, that would mean the team is succeeding. We would recommend betting the over on the Mavericks’ win total, which is currently set at +/- 48.5. For Luka to receive serious consideration as an MVP candidate, the Mavericks would have to finish the season as a top three seed. They would have to win more than 49 games for that to be realistic.