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Can Zion Williamson close gap in Rookie of the Year race?

The Pelicans PF has improved his odds to win the award but Ja Morant is still widely the favorite on DK Sportsbook. We go over the updated odds.

USA forward Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans dunks the ball during the NBA Rising Stars basketball game at United Center.  Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA Rookie of the Year race had been stagnant until Zion Williamson returned to the lineup for the New Orleans Pelicans. With Zion back, things are getting interesting. Sort of. Williamson has improved his odds significantly over this stretch of a few weeks, but the issue is Memphis Grizzlies PG Ja Morant continues to be the heavy favorite. Considering the time missed, it’s hard to envision Zion doing enough to win the award. Still, it’s telling that Williamson’s odds have jumped this much and from what we saw prior to the break, maybe Zion has an outside shot. Let’s take a look at the line movement on DraftKings Sportsbook:

Updated NBA Rookie of the Year Odds

Player Opening Odds Last Week Current Odds
Player Opening Odds Last Week Current Odds
Ja Morant 215 -560 -560
Zion Williamson 120 550 450
Kendrick Nunn OTB 2000 3000
Tyler Herro 1400 4000 5000
RJ Barrett 500 5000 5000

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