Gobert Boosts his DPOY Odds, But the Brow Stays in Front in the Defensive Player of the Year Odds
By: James Tillman
Hello sports fans. Welcome back to our weekly discussion about the NBA players with the best chances to be named the league’s top defensive player. Coming into the season, the list included Giannis Antetokounmpo from the Milwaukee Bucks, Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert and Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Gobert was the odds-on favorite when the season began, but has since been overtaken by Davis over the past several weeks. Did Giannis and Gobert make up any ground in the race for the Defensive Player of the Year award? Here’s a look at the odds for each of the players based upon how they performed over the previous week (Jan. 20 through Jan. 26).
Defensive Player of The Year 2019/2020 Odds
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The Third-Best NBA Defensive Player of the Year Odds: Giannis Antetokounmpo (+650 – No Change from Last Week)
The Bucks only had two games on their schedule last week, with both of being against sub-.500 teams. In a home game against the Chicago Bulls, the Greek Freak finished with a triple-double, scoring 28 points, pulling down 14 rebounds and handing out 10 assists. The Bucks went on to win that game 111-98. The Bucks faced off against the Charlotte Hornets in Paris. Although it was a different venue, the results were still the same, as the Bucks came away with a 116-103 victory.
In that two-game set, Giannis averaged 29 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists per contest. From a defensive standpoint, he recorded two blocks and just one steal. In other words, barring any unforeseen circumstances, Antetokounmpo will continue to be on the outside looking in as far as this race is concerned.
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The Second-Best NBA Defensive Player of the Year Odds: Rudy Gobert (+310 – Last Week’s Odds: +340)
Rudy Gobert suited up three times over the past week and it was a week to remember, to say the least. In blowout 118-88 win over the Indiana Pacers, Gobert contributed 20 points and 14 rebounds. Next up were the injury-depleted Warriors. Gobert put up another double-double with 22 points and 15 rebounds.
And in a marquee matchup against the Dallas Mavericks, Gobert saved his best for last, going off for 22 points and 17 rebounds on perfect 8-for-8 shooting from the field. Defensively, Gobert didn’t disappoint as he averaged three blocks per game, including five against the Mavericks. If Gobert continues to play at this level the rest of the way, this race is going to end up being a lot closer than people think.
The Best NBA Defensive Player of the Year Odds: Anthony Davis (-230 – No Change from Last Week)
Anthony Davis played in four games over the past week and the results were a mixed bag. In a 139-107 loss against the Boston Celtics, Anthony finished with nine points and four rebounds. He followed that up with a 28-point effort in a 100-92 win over the New York Knicks. Davis had another somewhat pedestrian outing in a 128-113 win against the Brooklyn Nets. He finished with 16 points but took just nine shots. In the team’s last outing of the four-game stretch, Davis scored 31 points on 13-for-22 shooting from the field.
Unfortunately, the Philadelphia 76ers came out on top 108-91. At the defensive end of the court, Davis averaged 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals per contest. While Davis continues to hold down the No. 1 spot on the list, the race for the DPOY award is far from over.