Each Monday we’ll take a look at a few different NBA team or player futures betting odds that have changed over the course of the week. This week I am looking at what I consider safe futures on the board that can be used as parlay pieces to boost the odds of other bets.
Note: All odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook
RUSSELL WESTBROOK (-1000) TO LEAD LEAGUE IN ASSISTS PER GAMEWestbrook opened the season as the odds-on favorite to lead the league in assists, but it was Kyle Lowry (+400), who opened the season with big assist totals. Lowry averaged 11.1 assists per game in October but has since cooled off considerably with his assist numbers. His assists per game average have dropped in each month as Kawhi Leonard is established as the go-to guy for the Raptors.
Westbrook started the season a bit slow, but that didn’t come as a huge shock since he was coming off knee surgery in the offseason. He missed the first two games of the season and didn’t record his first double-double until November. Since then, it has been nothing but dimes for Russ. He is averaging a triple-double for the third consecutive season with a career-best 10.9 assists per game. He has a lead of 1.7 assists per game over Lowry, and while Lowry’s assist numbers are trailing off, Westbrook’s are trending up. In January, Russ averaged 12 assists per game, and he got off to a strong start in February with a 14-assist game against the Celtics.
ANDRE DRUMMOND (-400) TO LEAD THE LEAGUE IN REBOUNDS PER GAMEThe Pistons have been a massive disappointment this year, but at least all of the missed shots means more rebounding chances for Drummond. His rebounds are slightly down from his mark of 16 boards per game last year, but he still has a healthy lead over the league with an average of 14.9. This is the third time he is leading the league in rebounds in the past four seasons. On top of that, finding somebody who with the potential to overtake him on the leaderboard is difficult.
DeAndre Jordan (+350) is second in the league in rebounds per game with an average of 13.7, but his average seems more likely to drop than pick up. He was traded to the Knicks, who don’t have much incentive to play him big minutes. Jordan played 29 minutes in his New York debut, but Mitchell Robinson was out due to an illness. Going forward, Jordan figures to compete for minutes with both Robinson and Luke Kornet. There is also a chance he is bought out or traded to a playoff-contending team to play a bench role.
LUKA DONCIC (-10000) TO WIN ROOKIE OF THE YEARLuka is in the midst of an all-time great rookie season. He is just 19 years old but making a similar impact on the NBA that he had playing in Europe. Due to his age, Doncic seems to get better in each game he plays. Last week, he became the first teenager to record multiple triple-doubles. January was his best month in points, assists and rebounds. With Dennis Smith Jr. traded to the Knicks, Doncic is going to have the ball in his hands much more frequently, which should help his counting stats. He scored at least 59 DKFP in three of his past four games.
This is an extremely deep rookie class, but Doncic is already one of the best players in the league. Deandre Ayton (+600) went first overall in the draft, but he has had to miss games with an ankle injury and is still a liability on the defensive end of the court. Trae Young (+1400) was traded for Doncic on draft day and is starting to come on in recent games, but he was so poor to start the season that he fell too far behind Doncic in the Rookie of the Year race. Young looks like a solid DFS options going forward with an average of 45.2 DKFP in his past five games.
One other standout rookie from the draft is Jaren Jackson Jr. (+1400). He is terrific on both ends of the floor when he is on the court. The problem for him is frequent foul trouble keeps him on the bench. JJJ averages 3.8 fouls per game in just 25.8 minutes.
MILWAUKEE BUCKS (-1430) TO WIN CENTRAL DIVISIONThe Bucks hold the best record in the Eastern Conference and have a 5.5-game lead over the Pacers (+550) in the Central Division. Not only is the lead substantial, but there is reason to think Indiana will struggle to close the year. Victor Oladipo is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, and his absence is a significant downgrade to the Pacers. He made the All-Star team for the second consecutive season, and the Pacers score 3.0 less points per 100 possessions without Oladipo on the court. Led by MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks’ lead in the division should continue to grow.
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