With only less than a week away from the start of the 2020-21 NBA regular season, it is a perfect time to look at some player futures odds, courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook. As always, there’s a lot of good odds from points per game to leading scorer that you can throw a couple of dollars on.
Today, we are going to look a few players’ points per game odds and discuss if they have a good chance of going over their set value.
1. Stephen Curry, PG, GSW — O/U 28.5 PPG
Pick: Over 28.5 PPG (+100)
If the Warriors have dreams and aspirations of making it back to the NBA playoffs, it will fall on the shoulders of former MVP Stephen Curry. Curry will try to hold things down for the Golden State Warriors without Klay Thompson, however they do have Kelly Oubre Jr., Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, and second-overall pick James Wiseman.
Before suffering a season-ending hand injury, Curry averaged 20.8 points in five games last season. However, he’s only averaged more than 28.5 points per game once in his career, which happened in the 2015-16 season (30.1 PPG).
2. Kevin Durant, SF/PF, BKN — O/U 26.5 PPG
Pick: Over 26.5 PPG (-110)
The last time we saw Kevin Durant was in the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. Durant suffered a season-ending torn Achilles injury, after averaging 26 points per game during that season. KD signed with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency and sat out all of last season to rehab. However, this season, he’s ready to go and has looked phenomenal in preseason.
After playing with Curry in Golden State, Durant will have the luxury to play with another dynamic point guard in Kyrie Irving. Irving will get his shots but also draw some attention from Durant, especially when he drives into the lane. Over his illustrious career, Durant has averaged at or over 26.5 points per games six times. I think he could get it done playing next to Irving, Caris LeVert, and Spencer Dinwiddle.
3. Trae Young, PG, ATL — O/U 28.5 PPG
Pick: Under 28.5 PPG (-110)
This selection may come as a surprise, but I’m leaning towards the under for Trae Young’s points per game this season. Unlike last season where he averaged an amazing 29.6 points per game, Young should not have to deal that this season with the new acquisitions. In the offseason, the Atlanta Hawks acquired Danilo Gallinari and Bogdan Bogdanovic, who can score in double-digits consistently. And Atlanta still has John Collins, Kevin Huerter, Cam Reddish, De’Andre Hunter, and etc.
If anything, the best bet for Young might be his assists per game with the amount of options he has surrounding him.