As they say, the more things change, the more things stay the same. The Lakers odds haven’t moved at all since they fired one Mike and hired another. Despite a horrible record, Los Angeles is still our second favourite at $5, behind LeBron’s Heat ($2.85). The 2013 Thunder are $6. The next line of betting has the always professional Spurs at $13, with LA’s second team not far behind at $15. Their impressive starts to the season have gone unnoticed by punters though as we can’t lay a bet on either side. We’ve layed several bets on the Knicks though. New York has moved from $34 to $21 with Carmelo’s MVP chances going the same way. He’s now our fourth favourite at $12. The odds would be even shorter if Amar’e wasn’t returning soon. Chris Paul is the other man to keep an eye on in the race to dethrone King James ($2). The NBA has the deepest point guard fraternity in its history playing right now and this man is the best of them. If, unlike us, you believe the Clippers will win 50+ games this regular season then take the $9 about because CP3 will only shorten. The Rookie of the Year race is equally fascinating with our two favourites going from strength to strength. We’re heavily cheering home Damian Lillard but Anthony Davis’ profile and play is a concern. We didn’t think the number one pick was this good offensively. We were anticipating a young Dikembe Mutombo, not a Patrick Ewing. If his offensive productivity keeps up our boy from Portland might be in trouble. The Brow’s profile will give him the edge, which is why he is a $2.20 favourite at the moment. However, our man ($2.30) is playing huge minutes for the improving Blazers and is taking as many shots as he wants. He’s probably Portland’s second best player so far which is a credit to him, as much as it is a slight to Batum. NBA.com marks him on top at the moment but this battle will be going all 82 games. There are a few knockout hopes that you can make a case for but the only one we are paying attention to is Michael Kidd-Gilchrist ($11). The number two pick is coming into his own and literally doing everything. If his scoring can continue improving he could upset the current quinella. Dion Waiters ($13) can look amazing on his night but until he produces consistently and does something more than score, he will always be just off the pace of this race. The NBA is well and truly underway now, and we are glued to our sets. Check out our NBA Championship Market, our NBA Rookie of the Year market and our NBA MVP market. Join the conversation with us on Twitter, like our page on Facebook and post your comments below this article – we will endeavour to respond to each and every one of you! Make sure you tune in Betstars & Stripes from 8pm every Sunday evening on www.sen.com.au or 1116 SEN (AM) - a brand new show hosted by Ed Wyatt, Betstar's Alan Eskander and punting legend Doctor Turf! Head to betstar.com.au or betstar.mobi, where you can save our page to your home screen. It takes just 3 minutes to sign up with Betstar, and you can get a $50 free bet every time you refer a friend to join!