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Damian Lillard Given Ninth-Best Odds to Win 2021 NBA MVP

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Oddsmakers are already looking ahead to next season.

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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard somehow found another level during the 2019-20 NBA season, which is saying something for the perennial All-Star and All-NBA point guard. Lillard posted career bests in points per game (30), assists (8), FG% (46.3) and 3P% (40.1). His season was capped off by a monstrous run at the NBA’s Disney World bubble, where he won Bubble MVP for averaging 37.6 points and 9.6 assists during the team’s eight seeding games.

With the 2019-20 season officially wrapped up, oddsmakers are already looking ahead to 2021. SportsBetting.com has given Lillard 15/1 odds of winning 2021 NBA MVP, good for ninth best. Here’s how the top ten shakes out (via Mike Fisher of Sports Illustrated):

  1. Luka Doncic 4-1
  2. Giannis Antetokounmpo 9-2
  3. Stephen Curry 5-1
  4. LeBron James 7-1
  5. Anthony Davis 7-1
  6. James Harden 8-1
  7. Kawhi Leonard 9-1
  8. Kevin Durant 10-1
  9. Damian Lillard 15-1
  10. Jayson Tatum 25-1

Lillard finished eighth in MVP voting for the 2019-20 season while also earning an All-Star nod and placement on the All-NBA Second Team.

The Blazers were recently given 33/1 odds to win the 2021 championship.