Do you like rooting for the Charlotte Hornets? Do you like betting on long shots?
Point guard Kemba Walker was listed as a 150-to-1 shot, the eighth-highest odds among players listed. Center Dwight Howard, acquired from the Atlanta Hawks in the offseason, is listed as a 250-to-1 shot. Those are the highest odds listed, shared by five NBA players.
That Walker and Howard made this list at all is interesting. Walker made his first All-Star appearance last season. Howard is an eight-time All-Star. He finished second to then-Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose in MVP balloting (by media) for the 2010-11 season.
According to Bovada, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook (7-to-2) is the favorite to win the MVP award. The next four: Golden State’s Kevin Durant (9-to-2), San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard (13 to 2), Cleveland’s LeBron James (15-to-2) and Houston’s James Harden (8-to-1).
Players with area ties who made Bovada’s odds: Golden State’s Stephen Curry (Davidson) at 11-to-1. Houston’s Chris Paul (Wake Forest) at 25-to-1. Washington’s John Wall (Raleigh) at 33-to-1. Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving (Duke) at 50-to-1. Minnesota’s Jeff Teague (Wake Forest) at 250-to-1. Miami’s Hassan Whiteside (Gastonia) at 250-to-1.
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