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Sportsbook lukewarm on John Wall, Bradley Beal's 2017-18 NBA MVP odds

Sportsbook lukewarm on John Wall, Bradley Beal's 2017-18 NBA MVP odds

John Wall finished seventh in voting for the NBA's Most Valuable Player award this past season after posting the best numbers of his career and leading the Wizards to their most decorated season since the 1970s. Despite that, the sportsbook Bovada sees him slipping a bit in the rankings for this upcoming season.

Bovada released a new round of 2017-18 NBA MVP odds on Tuesday and on it Wall is tied for 12th. His teammate Bradley Beal also makes an appearance, but all the way down at 33rd.

The reasons for why Wall is lower in Bovada's eyes could be numerous. There are a lot of factors that go into an MVP award selection and predicting it. For one, Kevin Durant placed behind Wall in voting for this past season but that was largely due to him missing 20 games because of injury. Giannis Antetokounmpo was after Wall for 2016-17, but is by all accounts a player improving dramatically year-by-year. He could get better, and with arguably less help than Wall, get more credit for his team's success.

One thing that could be taken issue with is the fact both Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are so highly ranked. Davis is ahead of Wall and Cousins is tied with him. Both are very good players, but that shows how bullish Bovada is on the Pelicans' chances this season.

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Regardless, 12 seems low for Wall. Here are the full odds:

It's obviously very early to be predicting who will win the MVP award next June, but this sets up a fun debate. There are probably many Wizards fans out there who disagree with the latest odds.

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John Wall has MRI on left knee as early-season injury saga continues

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John Wall has MRI on left knee as early-season injury saga continues

Point guard John Wall was a notable absence at Friday afternoon's Wizards practice, as he sat out after having an MRI done on his left knee earlier in the day. 

Despite playing well against the Hornets in the team's last game, Wall is still feeling discomfort and now the Wizards wait to hear the test results. Wall may not play against the Blazers on Saturday night.

"John is definitely going to be questionable tomorrow," head coach Scott Brooks said. "We'll see how he feels [Saturday morning] and then make a decision from there."

Wall's knee issue dates back to two weeks ago. He first complained about swelling in his knee after a game against the Sacramento Kings.


Wall has since had his knee drained, but the problems have persisted. Wall says his mobility is affected most.

Wall, 27, has missed two games for the Wizards this season, one due to a sprained left shoulder and another because of his knee. He is averaging 20.3 points and 9.2 assists per game.

Wall had one of his best games against the season in Charlotte on Wednesday. Despite playing through pain, he managed 31 points and 11 assists. He played 41 minutes because the game went to overtime.

If Wall can't go against the Blazers, the Wizards will rely heavily on backup point guard Tim Frazier. Either way, they have a tough assignment at that position with Damian Lillard of Portland.


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Markieff Morris sees a lot of himself in Wizards teammate Mike Scott

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Markieff Morris sees a lot of himself in Wizards teammate Mike Scott

The early returns on backup forward Mike Scott have been quite good for the Wizards. Signed to a one-year deal in free agency, Scott is off to a strong start.

He's averaging 8.6 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 53.4 percent from the field and 44.8 percent from three. His 59.7 effective field goal percentage is second on the team behind Otto Porter.

At his best, Scott has proven to be instant offense and an efficient scorer. He's reached double figures in seven out of his last 12 appearances while shooting 59 percent.

Scott is the backup to Markieff Morris and Morris likes what he sees so far.

"He fits perfect. We should have been gotten him," Morris said on the Wizards Tipoff podcast. "I feel like me and him are going to have a couple great years together, if you ask me."


There are some similarities in the games of Morris and Scott. They are close in size and can score both inside and out. They offer a respectable three-point shot with a strong midrange and post game to complement.

Others have pointed it out and Morris sees it, too.

"I think he's trying to steal my game," he joked. "We kind of resemble each other a lot more than what I thought before he got here."

Morris of course has a twin in real life, Marcus who plays for the Celtics. But Scott is like his twin on the Wizards' bench, figuratively speaking.

"It's kind of hard to distinguish between the two sometimes when they're making shots because they play the same way," guard Bradley Beal said. "They can knock down threes, they can give you the post up game, they can handle the ball. They are definitely one in the same, in a sense."

"There's a lot of similarities. They have a lot of the same mannerisms," head coach Scott Brooks said. "They have this real, tough, calming influence on the group. I like guys that have that edge to them."

Morris also discussed his relationship with John Wall and Bradley Beal, how his season has gone so far and who Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons remind him of on the podcast.

Listen to the full interview right here:

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