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Eagles biggest Super Bowl underdog in nearly a decade

Eagles biggest Super Bowl underdog in nearly a decade

Two weeks is a loooooong wait, but if the opening line doesn't move between now and Feb. 4, the Eagles will be the biggest Super Bowl underdog in nearly a decade.

The Eagles open as 5½-point underdogs against the Patriots, according to Bovada. No team has been a bigger Super Bowl underdog since the Cardinals, who were 7-point dogs against the Steelers after the 2008 season.

The line could move, though. It already has, in a way. Last week, Bovada's pre-championship weekend odds pegged the Eagles at plus-7 if they were to face the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

If you got your money in on the Eagles last spring, you're loving life right now. The Birds were 50/1 to win the Super Bowl until the season began, and they were 40/1 as late as Week 3.

Super Bowl MVP
Courtesy of Odds Shark:

• Tom Brady: -150

• Nick Foles: 6/1

• Rob Gronkowski: 10/1

• Danny Amendola: 14/1

• Jay Ajayi: 16/1

• Dion Lewis: 16/1

• Brandin Cooks: 16/1

• Zach Ertz: 20/1

• Chris Hogan: 20/1

 Alshon Jeffery: 25/1

• James White: 25/1

• Rex Burkhead: 25/1

• Nelson Agholor: 33/1

• Torrey Smith: 33/1

 LeGarrette Blount: 33/1

Ben Simmons the new favorite to win NBA Rookie of the Year

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Ben Simmons the new favorite to win NBA Rookie of the Year

Ben Simmons is the new favorite to win NBA Rookie of the Year.

Three strong showings in the preseason were enough to catapult Simmons past Lonzo Ball and Dennis Smith, who were previously Bovada's top two favorites.

Simmons is now listed at 3/2 to win the award. Here's the new top five:

Simmons (3/2)
Lonzo Ball (7/2)
Dennis Smith (5/1)
Markelle Fultz (9/1)
Jayson Tatum (9/1)

Through three preseason games, Simmons has averaged 9.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 block in just 23.6 minutes. He's looked under control as the Sixers' floor general, though his shooting has been poor. He's 0 for 3 from three and 7 for 18 (39 percent) from the line.

Simmons is also listed as 80/1 to win MVP. Joel Embiid is 40/1.

Brett Brown is tied for the 11th-shortest odds to win Coach of the Year (20/1).

Final look at Sixers' Rookie of the Year odds with awards announced tonight

Final look at Sixers' Rookie of the Year odds with awards announced tonight

NBA awards will finally be announced tonight during a special ceremony at 9 ET on TNT.

The Sixers have two of the three finalists for Rookie of the Year in Dario Saric and Joel Embiid.

But it's Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon who enters tonight as the favorite.

Brogdon is 1/4 to win Rookie of the Year, meaning it would require a $400 bet to win $100. 

Saric is next at 3/1, while Embiid is 9/1, per Bovada. 

Both Saric and Embiid made the All-Rookie First Team (see story).

Embiid obviously would have won the award had he stayed healthy this season. He averaged 20.2 points. 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks but played just 31 games.

Saric took off during the second half with Embiid sidelined and Ersan Ilyasova traded. Over his last 30 games, Saric averaged 17.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

For the season, Saric averaged 12.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists. 

Brogdon averaged 10.2 points and 4.8 assists and shot 40.4 percent from three for a playoff team. His second-half surge coincided with Milwaukee's improved play, which is why he's the favorite. It should be noted, though, that Embiid won Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in November, December and January, and Saric won in February and March. The only other player to claim the award was the Knicks' Willy Hernangomez in April.

Here are the odds for the rest of tonight's awards:

MVP odds
Russell Westbrook (Thunder): 1/50
James Harden (Rockets): 6/1
Kawhi Leonard (Spurs): 33/1

Coach of the Year
Mike D'Antoni (Rockets): 1/11
Gregg Popovich (Spurs): 7/1
Erik Spoelstra (Heat): 7/1

Sixth Man
Eric Gordon (Rockets): 1/7
Andre Iguodala (Warriors): 6/1
Lou Williams (Lakers/Rockets): 6/1