NBA Rookie Of The Year Odds: 68.9% Of Bets Backing Anthony Edwards Since LaMelo Ball Injury
Heading into the weekend LaMelo Ball was the clear favorite to win the NBA Rookie of the Year. The third overall pick was lighting up the league, averaging 19.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game as a starter. However, a broken wrist suffered last night will cost him the rest of the 2021 season.
That opens the door for another rookie to swoop in and win the award. Bettors and oddsmakers alike believe that Anthony Edwards will be that guy. Oddsmakers are now giving Edwards -182 odds, or an implied 64.5% chance to win the award. Meanwhile, 68.9% of bets placed over the last 24 hours have been on Edwards.
Edwards is averaging 16.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game on just 38.5% shooting from the field. He’s been much better over his last 10 games, averaging 24.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.7 steals per game.
Anthony Edwards is the clear favorite the rest of the way given his level of play. While most rookies hit a wall late in their first season, Edwards has finally found the stroke. It’s possible defenses key in on him and he reverts back to the player he was most of the season, in which case Tyrese Haliburton (+500) and Immanuel Quickley (+2400) have a real chance to win the award. However, Edwards looks to be for real as a scorer.