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As we near the one-month mark of the 2019-20 NBA season, certain teams and players have excelled or underperformed relative to their initial outlooks, causing some shifts in futures odds.
Here's how the updated title, MVP, and Rookie of the Year prices have moved since the end of free agency.
The Warriors have the NBA's worst record at 2-10 heading into Thursday's action. A team that had been bailed out of half-ass defensive efforts by lights-out shooting no longer has an offensive identity. Now the Warriors are just dead last in defensive efficiency and have nothing to compensate for it on the other end.
Raise your hand if you thought the Thunder would have better title odds than the Warriors one month into the season. That's right, keep 'em down.
I'd actually buy some Bucks stock at 13-2 right now. They're No. 1 in the league in defensive efficiency and No. 1 in points per game. They've played the toughest schedule so far and get the Knicks, Hornets, Hawks, Bulls, Pistons, and Cavaliers in nine of their next 12 contests.
Remember when I said to fade Doncic and endorsed Simmons because he brings the ball up the court and will be on a roster that wins north of 50 games? Fun times. All Doncic has done so far is nearly average a triple-double to the tune of 28.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 9.1 assists per contest. He probably hasn't reached his highest point in the market yet, so I wouldn't be so quick to sell off.
One player I would recommend jumping ship on is Young, who's up from 300-1 to 60-1. The Hawks aren't going to win enough games for the second-year point guard to be considered, which is a shame because he's posting 28 points, 4.3 rebounds, 8.7 assists, and 1.6 steals per appearance.
|Michael Porter Jr.||100-1||50-1|
|Kevin Porter Jr.||1000-1||100-1|
Hello, Herro. The first-year Heat guard was the one consistent sharp bet in multiple shops over the summer that we mentioned. He's averaging 13.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.2 assists. Unfortunately, I think this is where the Kentucky product tops out.
I think Morant has separated himself enough with Williamson on the shelf, but one more player I'd look at is Clarke, who's averaging 11.9 points and 6.5 rebounds and leads all rookies in PER at 22.01.
Alex Kolodziej is a betting writer for theScore. He's a graduate of Eastern Illinois who has been involved in the sports betting industry for 12 years. He can quote every line from "Rounders" and appreciates franchises that regularly wear alternate jerseys. Find him on Twitter @AJKolodziej.