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Gambling isn't exactly legal in the United States, except for in some designated areas sprinkled all over the country. I have never been into it, whether it is on sports or slots or cards. I suppose I have enough vices without it. But looking at the odds of who will win games by how much, and over/unders and who will win what and when is usually pretty interesting for sports fans. www.Bovada.lv has come out with their odds on the major NBA awards for this year, Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year. Where do the Cavaliers figure in? Glad you asked.
Kyrie Irving is given 60/1 odds to win the NBA MVP award, according to Bovada. This sounds reasonable, I guess. Like I said, I don't really gamble. Carmelo Anthony gets 25/1 odds, and I think Kyrie has at least as good a chance as he does to win it. Derrick Rose is at 50/1, and that should really be more like 1000/1. Chris Bosh is also at 50/1, and that seems pretty unlikely. That being said, 50/1 odds are a good indication that something is unlikely.
Right now, Kevin Love is listed at 20/1, but his odds are likely to look worse with the recent injury pulling them down. I could almost see him being a good buy once the bottom falls out on his odds though. If he misses 15-20 games and Minnesota trends water, only to have Love come back and lead them to a 3 or 4 seed in the West, maybe the voters would reward him. Who knows? LeBron James and Kevin Durant are, of course, the heavy favorites for MVP.
Similarly, Anthony Davis is the heavy favorite to win Rookie of the Year. They give him 19/10 odds. I really barely know what that means. Dion Waiters is given 15/1 odds. Sound about right? Honestly, I think its probably a little closer to 10/1, and I am not real sold on Anthony Davis winning. New Orleans is already talking about having him play some small forward, which makes no sense to me whatsoever. He is very raw, and asking him to play a skill position seems like too much. Waiters is going to get a lot of minutes, and will have games where he puts up some really good numbers.
What do you guys think? Any of our guys got a chance?