NBA Odds – What’s Left to be Decided?

The end of the NBA regular season is like the final hours of a long road trip: all the fun of getting there is essentially gone and you really just want to get out of the car to pee. With about two weeks left in the season, there’s little of import left to be determined. The Warriors closing in on the ’96 Bulls will provide more than enough excitement for NBA fans down the stretch; but for the remaining 29 teams, the end of the year can’t arrive fast enough.

Most of the playoff picture is decided in the West, outside of the two unenviable seeds who will play Golden State and San Antonio. The seeding is more fluid in the East, but will likely be irrelevant unless someone can emerge as a true challenger to Cleveland. The stretch run probably won’t give us an idea of who’s poised to challenge the King, though, as most teams are playing rest-up ahead of the postseason.

And it’s not just the playoff picture that’s nearly wrapped up. As you’ll see below, races for some of the NBA’s biggest hardware have turned into a complete run-away. At least the biggest one, the Larry O’Brien Trophy, is still (relatively) wide-open.

Here are our latest NBA odds with the season near a close.

Odds to win 2016 NBA MVP:

  • Steph Curry: 1/50
  • Field: 12/1

Any person who tries to make a case for a player not named “Steph Curry” probably also thinks “anybody should be allowed to park in handicap spots.” Don’t associate with people like that.

Odds to win 2016 NBA Rookie of the Year:

  • Karl-Anthony Towns: 3/8
  • Kristaps Porzingis: 7/2
  • Field: 10/1

Porzingis has done some amazing things in his rookie year, but Towns has just been flat out better. There’s a reason he went first overall, and he’s been showing it since day one.

Odds to win the 2016 NBA Defensive Player of the Year:

  • Hassan Whiteside: 8/5
  • Kawhi Leonard: 2/1
  • Draymond Green: 7/1
  • DeAndre Jordan: 9/1
  • Andre Drummond: 10/1

The most up-for-grabs award should pit the reigning winner, Leonard, against break-out candidate Whiteside. Leonard has the edge in name recognition, but Whiteside has emerged as the best rim protector in the game this season, and the voters love big men. 

Odds to win the 2016 NBA Title:

  • Golden State Warriors: 1/1
  • San Antonio Spurs: 5/2
  • Cleveland Cavaliers: 5/1
  • Oklahoma City Thunder: 12/1
  • Toronto Raptors: 28/1
  • Los Angeles Clippers: 40/1
  • Miami Heat: 40/1
  • Boston Celtics: 60/1
  • Atlanta Hawks: 60/1
  • Memphis Grizzlies: 90/1
  • Indiana Pacers: 110/1
  • Charlotte Hornets: 130/1
  • Houston Rockets: 130/1
  • Detroit Pistons: 180/1
  • Portland Blazers: 200/1
  • Dallas Mavericks: 300/1
  • Chicago Bulls: 500/1
  • Washington Wizards: 1,500/1
  • Utah Jazz: 2000/1
  • Denver Nuggets: 12,000/1
  • Sacramento Kings: 15,000/1

(Photo credit: Noah Salzman (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.)


An avid NHL fan of over 20 years, Malloy made his first bet against a friend during the 2001 Stanley Cup Finals (going against Ray Bourque) and has been hooked ever since. He has yet to pay off that debt of $2, but he's made plenty back since. In between worrying about the league's next lockout, he regularly contributes to MTS and is also fluent in football, basketball, baseball and French (sort of).

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