Sportsbooks Point at Utah’s Clarkson to Repeat as NBA Sixth Man of the Year

Jordan Clarkson With Utah Jazz Background

  • Oddsmakers see Clarkson’s scoring ability in naming him the favorite
  • Clarkson, Ingles make NBA history
  • Jazz continue in mix for a deep playoff run

Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson brought home the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award for the 2020-21 season as he and Joe Ingles – off of the Jazz bench – was a huge reason why they were able to claim the NBA’s best record at 52-20 last season.

Sportsbooks give a significant thumbs up to Clarkson (+550) to repeat winning the award after he averaged a career-high 18.4 points and 4.0 rebounds with 5.2 assists in 26.7 minutes last season.

Ironically, Ingles (+1100), is seen for the second-best odds after he was second last season. This marked the first time that a pair of teammates were the top two vote getters in the history of the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year balloting.

New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (+1200), Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton (+1400), Orlando Magic point guard Coby White (+1600) and Hawks forward Kevin Huerter, Spurs guard Patty Mills and Lakers power forward Montrezl Harrell (+1800) placed with the oddsmakers’ assertions.

Clarkson is a prohibitive favorite no matter which boards you are looking at; however, the order changes as he and his teammates will be in revenge mode after Utah went to the Western Conference semifinals before being ousted by the Los Angeles Clippers.

In some odds posts, Clarkson is (+500) as the Huerter jumps up to join Ingles at (+1200).

Beautiful Music

Utah will once again move up to the front of the line in odds to win the first NBA Championship in the history of the franchise in 2021-22. The Jazz post a (+1400) and have been seen as low as (+1700) as their numbers generally linked them with the fifth-best odds going into next season.

The Jazz will of course need a healthy backcourt with Mike Conley coming back at point guard and of course Donovan Mitchell facilitating from all angles.

Mitchell missed the last 17 games of the regular season in ’20-21 and also the first game of the opening playoff series against Memphis. Then, losing Conley to a hamstring injury as he missed the first five games of the Western Conference semifinal may have skewed those numbers as well.

Utah was at (+4000) to win the title before last season started and then the oddsmakers slid that number down to (+750) to start Round 1. Prior to the series with the Clippers, Utah had its best NBA Finals odds at (+375) while Los Angeles was at (+425) coming into the matchup.

Brooklyn carries a (+220) right now as the Lakers net a (+380). Milwaukee (+900), Golden State (+1000) and Phoenix (+1600) rest ahead of the Jazz in the NBA title race as of now.

Take Note, Jazz Fans

According to the oddsmakers, Utah (+700) is in the middle of the Western Conference championship race although the Lakers are sitting at (+180).

A long-term injury to Lebron James or Anthony Davis would throw the odds into a conundrum. Golden State (+450) and Phoenix (+600) are going to contend as well with the Denver Nuggets currently at (+1000) and the LA Clippers getting (+1100). The online sportsbooks do like the Jazz to win the Northwest Division as Utah (-250) is favored ahead of Denver (+320).

Portland seems like it might have good value is on the outside at (+600) as the Minnesota Timberwolves (+10000) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (+25000) continue massive rebuilds.

Mitchell Noted in MVP Odds

In addition to the Sixth Man of the Year futures for Jordan Clarkson and Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell has found his way back to the MOV conversation as he sits at (+3000).

In mid-January last season:
Mitchell was virtually silenced in MVP odds circles as he went from (+800) before the season started to (+1000) and then all the way to (+10000).

However, once the Jazz started to win and prove their staying power and relentless acumen with the best record in the NBA, Mitchell stood at (+600) before the NBA playoffs to win the MVP of the Finals.

For now:
Dallas’s Luke Doncic is staying on top at (+400) with Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant surfacing together at (+700) with Giannis Antetokounmpo of the World Champions Milwaukee Bucks (+800) and Golden State guard Stosh Curry (+900) enjoying a residence in the Top 5.

Winning Trend

Oddsmakers have posted the Utah Jazz’s win total at 51.5 wins with (-110) odds applied to both the OVER and the UNDER.

Utah’s largest win number in its history was 53.5 in 2019-20. However, this was the season when the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted play and the number was voided as The NBA schedule was set at 69 games instead of 82.

With the void in ’19-20, the Jazz has surpassed their win total in the last four seasons as the 52 blew away the set 41.5 of last season.

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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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