NBA Sixth Man of the Year Odds Shift Dramatically Following Malik Monk's Injury

Mar 21, 2024; Washington, District of Columbia, USA;  Sacramento Kings guard Malik Monk (0) dribbles
Mar 21, 2024; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Malik Monk (0) dribbles / Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA awards markets looked to be all but wrapped up, but that was until Friday night.

Sixth Man of the Year favorite Malik Monk left the Kings' loss to the Mavericks Friday night with a knee injury that has been deemed a sprained MCL, plummeting his odds to win the award in the wake of the fact that he will likely miss the remainder of the regular season.

Monk has been an odds on favorite to win the award for the last several weeks behind explosive playmaking off the bench, averaging 15 points, nearly three rebounds and over five assists for Sacramento. However, the Kings have slid into the Play-In Tournament due while another contender has emerged in Naz Reid.

Ahead of Friday's injury, Reid had become the latest role player to make a run at Monk's status as a favorite with his odds shrinking as much to +300. Reid has comparable numbers to Monk, averaging over 13 points with five rebounds while also filling in for Karl-Anthony Towns as the big man next to Rudy Gobert and helping the Timberwolves get to the top of the Western Conference.

Now, with Monk set to miss the final stretch of the season, the runway is open for Reid to capture the votes to win the award, and the odds are reflecting that with Reid nearly neck-and-neck with Monk.

It's worth noting that Reid is also campaigning for the award, which can also help his case if he continues to produce for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference down the stretch.

For now, here's the updated betting market on what has quickly become the most fascinating award market in the NBA.

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2024 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award Odds

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