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Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images via AFP.

The NBA season tips off on October 18, so now is the time to get in on NBA Futures.

When it comes to betting NBA Award Futures, some awards are more straightforward than others. That can affect how the odds are distributed in the market.

The MVP, for example, is easy enough to understand and there is a group of maybe 10 players that have a reasonable hope of contending for the award. When it comes to Most Improved Player or Sixth Man of the Year, the field gets much wider.

With so many different NBA Awards markets, there is great value to be found by shopping among the sportsbooks to find the book that consistently offers the best value.

Here are my rankings of the top sportsbooks for NBA Awards Futures wagering.

FanDuel Sportsbook

Not only does FanDuel have the best offerings for NBA Championship betting, but it is the sportsbook that is consistently offering the best prices for NBA Awards. For NBA MVP markets, for example, FanDuel offers average or longer odds for 11 of the consensus Top 12 contenders, including the longest odds on the board for Luka Doncic and Giannis Antetokounmpo, the two favorites to win the award. FanDuel’s Rookie of the Year market is mediocre, and it does not offer Coach of the Year wagers, but comes in best among top sportsbooks for every other facet of NBA Awards betting.

Read our FanDuel Sportsbook review.

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PointsBet Sportsbook

For the most part, PointsBet has attempted to price futures markets in a way that is average to slightly longer than average pricing, but rarely do they offer the best prices on the board. It does have the most favorable prices for NBA Coach of the Year and some mediocre pricing for the wide-open markets like Most Improved Player and Sixth Man of the Year, but PointsBet typically offers odds that are average or better when compared to other top sportsbooks.

Read our PointsBet Sportsbook review.

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DraftKings Sportsbook

If betting NBA Rookie of the Year Futures is your jam, then DraftKings is a great choice, because it offers average or longer odds for each of the top four contenders. Entering the season, there is a clear difference between the Top 5 Rookie of the Year candidates and the rest. DraftKings tends to range between odds that are a little longer than average to odds a little shorter than average, the height of mediocrity.

Read our DraftKings Sportsbook review.

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Caesars Sportsbook

Generally, prices at Caesars do not stand out in a good way, but there are essentially a few options in every market for which Caesars is the best option. Having the shortest odds on the board for the top two MVP options and consensus top three Rookie of the Year candidates puts a limit on the appeal to Caesars’ offerings.

Read our Caesars Sportsbook review.

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BetMGM Sportsbook

With abysmal prices for Defensive Player of the Year and Most Improved Player, it is hard for BetMGM to overtake other sportsbooks in this list. It so rarely offers the longest odds for any contender, unless there are multiple sportsbooks all offering the same price. The result is that BetMGM is not that appealing for NBA Awards betting when compared to other top sportsbooks.

Read our BetMGM Sportsbook review.

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Barstool Sportsbooks

Barstool’s market for Most Improved Player is better than most, with average or longer prices for 11 of the consensus Top 15 candidates. After that, though, Barstool has below average offerings, with shorter odds compared to the top sportsbooks.

Read our Barstool Sportsbook review.                                                 

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