The trade deadline is occupying all NBA headlines at the moment, but there’s still plenty for punters to look out for on the court.

Paul George Shortens Again

For the third week on the bounce, Paul George has shortened as the favourite in the Defensive Player of the Year award.

He was on the third line of betting at $4.50 a month ago. However, as the Thunder continue to dominate while owning the third-best defensive rating in the NBA, George is now the $2.50 favourite.

Anthony Davis remains in the hunt at $4.33, but it’s Rudy Gobert that deserves the next look. Snubbed from the All-Star game, the Frenchman is still a chance at taking the DPOY award away from George.

Warriors & Cousins

Oh oh, the Warriors look better than most expected with DeMarcus Cousins in the lineup. The feeling was Cousins may take a few months to find his feet. He barely needed a few games.

If we needed any evidence that Cousins will fully recover from his Achilles injury, this dunk on poor Kyle Kuzma should do the trick.

Winners of 12 from their last 13 and six of seven with Boogie on the court, the Warriors are looking scary good as $1.55 favourites for the NBA championship.

Bucks: NBA’s Best

Plenty of people expected good things out of the Bucks this season. Nobody tipped them to have the best record in the NBA as the calendar is flicked over to February, though. With a 38-13 record on the back of an MVP-calibre season from Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks have announced themselves as challengers in the East.

However, our traders aren’t all that interested in Milwaukee was Eastern Conference champions.

They’re still down on the third line of betting behind the Raptors (37-16) at $2.50 and Celtics (33-19) at $3.20.

La La Land Heating Up

It’s not all going to plan in Los Angeles for LeBron James.

He didn’t play, but the locker room hosted a heated debate amongst Lakers veterans and their coach following the 115-101 loss to the Warriors. Perhaps it’s the uncertainty around potential trades for Anthony Davis?

Nobody – other than James – knows whether they are coming or going. Every game could be their last in purple and gold. For punters, it’s best to avoid the Lakers until after the deadline.

NBA Against The Spread Trends

The Raptors might be one of the best teams in the NBA and favourites to win the East, but getting behind them on a game-by-game basis is a big no-no for punters. They now have the league’s worst record against the spread, failing to cover any of their three games last week.

The Mavericks, on the other hand, have covered seven in a row. It may be worth treading carefully though. With Tim Hardaway Jr expected to take on a considerable role in the team when he arrives from New York, the Mavericks could drop a few as they figure things out.