Rondo is odds-on favorite to lead NBA in assists

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Rondo is odds-on favorite to lead NBA in assists

BOSTON Rajon Rondo has established himself as one of the NBA's top point guards already so it should come as no surprise that he's expected to repeat as the NBA's assists leader.

According to the online betting website www.bovada.lv, the odds of Rondo finishing as the league's top assist man are set at 5-to-2, followed by Brooklyn's Deron Williams (7-to-2), Los Angeles Lakers and former assist leader Steve Nash (4-to-1) and Los Angeles Clippers all-star Chris Paul (5-to-1).

In addition to assists leader, the site has the odds of Rondo winning league MVP at 28-to-1.

Not surprisingly, reigning league MVP LeBron James is the favorite with the odds set at 9-to-5.

James is one of just 12 players considered to have better odds than Rondo of winning the league's top individual honor.

The list of those behind the Rondo is fairly impressive as well, including former league MVP and Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki (30-to-1), Chicago's Derrick Rose (50-to-1) in addition to teammates Paul Pierce (60-to-1) and Kevin Garnett (500-to-1).

Celtics rookie Jared Sullinger (30-to-1) is given similar odds of walking away with the league's rookie of the Year award.

Anthony Davis, the No. 1 overall pick by the New Orleans Hornets, is the favorite with the odds set at 19-to-10, followed by Portland's Damian Lillard (11-to-2), Charlotte's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (9-to-1) and Sacramento's Thomas Robinson.

Bradley returns to Celtics' lineup for Sunday's game vs. Heat

Bradley returns to Celtics' lineup for Sunday's game vs. Heat

BOSTON -- Avery Bradley, whose flu-like symptoms landed him in the hospital and forced him to miss Friday’s game against Phoenix, tells CSNNE.com that he will play tonight.
 
“I didn’t get [out of the hospital] until [Saturday] evening,” Bradley told CSNNE.com. “My stomach still hurts a little bit, but I’m all right. I’ll be good.”
 
The importance of Bradley to this team cannot be overstated.
 
His ability to make a major impact both as a scorer and an elite defender separates him from not only his teammates but from most guards in the NBA.
 
However, his health has been a season-long issue in some form or another, which can be seen in the fact that he has missed 24 games via injury or illness -- more than any other player on the Celtics roster.
 
When he has played, Bradley has delivered on several fronts.
 
He’s averaging 16.9 points per game while averaging 6.2 rebounds per game - both career highs -- which rank second and third, respectively, on the Celtics roster this season.

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