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Burn City Bets: Best Bets for the NBA Awards (Part 2)

The NBA regular season is quickly approaching. Which bets are the best to make when it comes to the regular season NBA Awards?

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Most Improved Player

Last season, Lauri Markkanen won the most improved player award in his first season with the Utah Jazz. Markkanen took a huge jump up in points and rebounds per game. While also have the most efficient season of his career. The change in Markkanen’s role was drastic going from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Utah Jazz and Markkanen capitalized on the bigger role.

The favorite to win the award this year is Mikal Bridges at +1000. Bridges improved his stats after being traded from the Phoenix Suns to the Brooklyn Nets last year. So it is expected for him to continue putting up those same stats this year for the entire season. It makes perfect sense for him to be the favorite but there is another player who is changing situations and will have a bigger role.

Jordan Poole was traded from the Golden State Warriors to the Washington Wizards in the off-season. Last season he averaged 20.4 points and 4.5 assists per game while shooting 43% from the floor and 33% from three.

Poole will see an uptick in scoring and play-making. Now that is he no longer playing along side Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. The former Michigan Wolverine will have a chance to score at least 25 points a game and dish out 6 or more assists per game. If he does this while shooting 45% or better from the floor and 35% or better from three. He will have a great shot at winning most improved player. Take Jordan Poole to win most improved player at +1900.

Sixth Man of the Year

The winner of the sixth man of the year award was Malcolm Brogdon last season. Brogdon averaged 14.9 points per game, shot 48% from the floor, and 44% from three for the Boston Celtics. The Celtics had the second best record in the eastern conference last season. This was the fourth straight season that the winner of this award played on a team that had one of the two best records in their conference.

The betting favorite to win the award this season is Immanuel Quickly of the New York Knicks at +900. There is no doubt that Quickley may be one of the most productive players coming off of the bench this season. However, there is lots of doubt that the Knicks will be one of the top teams in the eastern conference. So who is a bench player who will be productive and efficient for one of the top teams.

Eric Gordon signed with the Phoenix Suns this off-season and is in the perfect place to win his second sixth man of the year award. Gordon won the award in the 2016-17 season while playing for the Houston Rockets. That season Gordon averaged 16.2 points per game while shooting 40% from the floor and 37% from three.

He has become a more efficient player since then. Last season after getting traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, Gordon averaged 11 points per game, shot 46% from the field and 42% from three. The Phoenix Suns have a great chance to end the season with a top two seed in the west. This will definitely help Eric Gordon in the sixth man of the year race. A bet on Gordon would bring back a huge return as his odds are at +3500.

The odds in this article are from FanDuel. The odds may be different on other betting sites and apps. Please bet responsibly and look out for part three of this article. Here is part one of the article.

Burn City Bets: Best Bets For The NBA Awards


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