Betting Rumors

As Vegas odds go, only three of the past 35 NBA seasons6 have featured a weaker preseason favorite than this year’s Clippers: 2007-08 (Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs, +450), 2006-07 (Mavericks, +400) and 2004-05 (Spurs, +400). All three of those seasons happened to come in the four-year period between the end of the Shaquille O’Neal-Kobe Bryant era and the beginning of the Pau Gasol-Bryant pairing in L.A.7 The Spurs won two titles in that span (and three in five years), but Vegas frequently underestimated them along the way, and San Antonio never owned the top of the odds board as other dynasties have.
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is favored to win his second straight NBA MVP award, while New Orleans Pelicans star rookie Zion Williamson is the favorite to be named NBA Rookie of the Year, according to Antetokounmpo won his first MVP after the 2018-19 season, beating out 2018 MVP James Harden and Paul George by averaging 27.2 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists.