2018 NBA Rookie of the Year betting

TheUtahJazzstreakhelpsMitchell

Mitchellleadsallrookiesinscoring,hasincreasedhisscoringandputhisteamtheintheplayoffrace,reelingoff11straightwinsbeforethebreak。

Simmonsleadsallrookiesinrebounds,assists,stealsandrankssecondinscoringand3rdinblockspergame。

Still,MitchellmaybeclosinginonSimmonswithhisplaybeforethebreakandalsobecausehisscoringmayevenincreaseinthesecondhalfoftheseason。

Mitchellisaveraging19。

6ppg,buthedoesnotaverageoverfourreboundsorassistspergame。

Enteringthe2ndhalfoftheseasontheJazzhadtheirgreatwinstreakandtherookiewasabigfactor,averaging21。

3ppginthatspan。

Mitchellaccountsfornearly30percentoftheJazzoffenseandthatnumbermayrise,consideringtheteamtradedawayRodneyHood,whowasthesecondleadingscorerputtingup16。

8ppg。

MitchellmayhavetoshouldermoreoftheoffensiveloadeventhoughtheteamdidgetJaeCrowder(14。

7ppg)intheHooddeal。

WillplayoffsmakeadifferenceinROYvotes?

WhileSimmonshasledthePhiladelphia76ersbackintotheplayoffpicture,Mitchellhasaswellandenteringthesecondhalfoftheseasonthe76ersandJazzhavethesameamountofwins。

PhillyisintheseventhspotintheEasternConference,whileUtahhasclimbedtothe10thspotintheWesternConference。

Simmonsisaveraging16。

4ppgaswellas7。

4rpgand7。

8assistspergame。

Inhislastgamebeforethebreakhehadatriple-double,whichwashissixthoftheseasonandonlyMagicJohnsonhadthatmuchasarookie,backin1980。

ItseemedasoftheROYtrophyalreadyhadSimmonsnameetchedonit,butMitchellismakingitinteresting。

Thesecondhalfoftheseasonwillobviouslytellwhowinstheaward,buthowcanMitchellcatchthe610pointguardfromtheCityofBrotherlyLove?

Hemaynothavetoampuphisscoring,butifhecanimprovehisnumbersontheglassanddishingtherockthatwouldhelp。

Simmonsisaveraging3。

2fewerppgthanMitchell,buthisreboundspergameandassistspergameareoverdoublehisclosestcompetition。

ThewinintheSlamDunkContesthelpedMitchell,asitgavehimmorehypeandthisisespeciallythecasewithUtahswinstreakbeforetheAllStarbreak。

Still,thebuzzfromSimmonshasnotdieddownsincehemissedalllastseasonwithafootinjuryandwasthenumberonepickinthe2016draft。

Hehashis76ersintheplayoffrace,butsodoesMitchell。

MitchellhasmoreworktodotocatchSimmonsinRookievoting

Iftheseasonendedafterthefirsthalf,SimmonswouldhavewontheROYawardwithMitchellclosingthegap。

However,howmuchmorecanhedoafteraveragingover21ppginthe11gamesbeforetheAll-Starbreak?

Simmonsnumberswillhavetodip,the76erstakeanosedive,orhemissestimewithinjurytolettheUtahshootingguardbackintherace。

Mitchellisa63guardthatcanscore,whichisnotthatrare,comparedtoSimmons,whois610PGandtherearenotmanygiantsrunningthepointintheNBA。