Updated DPOY Odds as of 12-30-2019
Prior to the start of the season, the major players in the running for the Defensive Player of the Year award included reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers and two-time winner Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz.
Were there any notable shakeups on this list? Here’s an updated look at how these players rank based on how they performed over the past week (Dec. 23 through Dec. 29).
Defensive Player Of The Year Odds
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The Third-Best DPOY Odds: Giannis Antetokounmpo (+600). Last Week’s Odds (+500)
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s odds have dipped a bit from where they were last week. Perhaps it was because he only played in one game over the past week. That game in question was a road outing against the Philadelphia 76ers on Christmas Day. This game was somewhat significant because media outlets predicted that these two teams would be competing for conference supremacy. In his lone outing, Antetokounmpo did not shoot the ball particularly well, going 8-for-27 from the floor.
However, he rounded out his game with 14 rebounds and seven assists. From a defensive standpoint, he recorded one steal and one block. A steal and a block are not bad stats, but it’s not the kind of production that will allow the reigning MVP to make a serious run at being named the league’s top defensive player.
The Second Best DPOY Odds: Rudy Gobert (+300 – No Change from Last Week)
Gobert, who has won the award in each of the last two seasons, continues to remain at the No. 2 spot on the list. From an offensive standpoint, Gobert continues to impress, as he posted a double-double in outings against the Miami Heat (18 points and 19 rebounds) and Portland Trail Blazers (16 points and 15 rebounds). He followed that up with a somewhat quiet 12-point, eight-rebound outing against the LA Clippers.
Despite recording just one block in the previous two outings, Gobert swatted away five shots in the 107-104 loss against the Heat, giving him a total of seven blocks in three games. RG still has some ground to make up in this race, but if he continues to be a solid rim protector every week, it’s going to be a close race between him and Davis.
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The Best DPOY Odds: Anthony Davis (-177 – No Change from Last Week)
As has been the case over the past several weeks, Anthony Davis continues to hold down the No. 1 spot on the list. Over the past week, AD suited up three times for the Los Angeles Lakers. In a disappointing loss to the rival LA Clippers on Christmas Day, Davis finished with 24 points, six rebounds, and threeassists. In the team’s win against the Trail Blazers on Dec. 28, Davis tallied 20 points, nine rebounds and five dimes on 7-for-16 shooting from the field.
He finished off his slate of games with a 23-9-4 stat line in a 108-95 win over the Dallas Mavericks, which enabled the Lakers to post their second victory in as many nights following a four-game losing skid. Unlike last week, Davis didn’t offer much rim protection, as he recorded a total of three blocks over the past three outings. With that in mind, Davis may be the frontrunner for now, but this race is far from being over.