Luka Doncic’s MVP Odds Drop to 12-1 After Triple-Double No. 6

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Quite a night for Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks at home against the San Antonio Spurs last night, with his sixth triple-double of the season leading the Dallas Mavericks past the San Antonio Spurs 117-110.

The second-year player from Slovenia joined LeBron James as the only players to achieve a 40-point triple-double before the age of 21.

San Antonio Spurs v Dallas Mavericks
DALLAS, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 18: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks and Dejounte Murray #5 of the ... [+] San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Center on November 18, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The sportsbooks in the legalized U.S. Sports Gambling Industry reacted quickly, with DraftKingsSportsbook dropping Doncic down to 12-1, while FanDuel Sportsbook had their numbers locked Tuesday morning.

"It feels like every day there are stats you don't know about, stats that you read about," Doncic said. "It's great to hit."

Doncic, 20, is averaging 29.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 9.3 assists, and with the addition of someone else who could hit a jump shot (Tim Hardaway was 0-for-5, and Seth Curry got off only six shots, making three), Doncic could join Russell Westbrook and Oscar Robertson as the only players to average a triple-double over the course of an entire regular season.

A number of NBA trade restrictions expire on Dec. 15, and there has not been a deal made yet this season.

San Antonio Spurs v Dallas Mavericks
DALLAS, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 18: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks and Dejounte Murray #5 of the ... [+] San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Center on November 18, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Here is a nice anecdote from Callie Caplan of the Dallas Morning news: “In the hallway between the team’s back-door entrance and San Antonio’s locker room, the Spurs’ coach walked underneath a banner of Dirk Nowitzki, mid-shot, hanging from the ceiling. “I thought I was done with this guy,” Popovich thought. “Do I have to look at him again before the game starts?” His next unpleasant encounter came hours later.

Doncic’s 42 points were a career-high.

“It’s not surprising to me,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said of Doncic. “This guy can do anything he wants to on a basketball court. “And you know, he’s having just one of those magical runs right now, and it’s a phenomenal thing to watch. It’s a phenomenal thing to be a part of. His teammates, we’re all just kind of along for the ride.”

Doncic powered the Mavericks with a 17-point, four-rebound, four-assist burst in the first quarter. Then 24 points by halftime.

Then a clutch 29-foot step-back 3-pointer with less than 30 seconds left to fend off the Spurs’ late comeback attempt.

Should we be surprised by the breakout success of the reigning Rookie of the Year?

Perhaps not.

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MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 17: Luca Doncic recibe a copy of the Euroleague Trophy before the EuroLeague ... [+] Play Off match between Real Madrid and Panathinaiskos on April 17, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Sonia Canada/Getty Images)

The third overall pick of the 2018 draft, Doncic was coming off a season in which he was the Euroleague MVP for Real Madrid.

Interestingly, the two players taken ahead of him, DeAndre Ayton and Marvin Bagley, are currently not playing. Bagley, of the Sacramento Kings, is sidelined with a broken right thumb, and Ayton, of the Phoenix Suns, is serving a 25-game suspension for violating the NBA’s substance abuse policy.

Our next look at Doncic comes Wednesday night in an ESPN game against the lowly Golden State Warriors, and do not be surprised if more of his games are moved onto national television, as Turner Sports and ESPN have the right to do that under their national television contracts.

Back to the gambling market:

Giannis Antetokounmpo remains the wagering favorite, followed in no particular order by James Harden, LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - NOVEMBER 18: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks walks to the ... [+] bench during the second half of a game against the Chicago Bulls at United Center on November 18, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

More clarity in that race will come by the time we reach the quarterpole of the NBA season, but for now the one player who is rising faster than anyone else is the kid from Slovenia who will not turn 21 until Feb. 28.


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