James Harden Makes Strong Case For MVP; Sill Has Longshot Odds

  • James Harden has +1500 odds to win the NBA MVP.
  • James Harden is in the top 20 when it comes to averaging points, rebounds and assists.

BROOKLYN – As the second half of the NBA season is fully underway, bettors could begin looking at the odds on who is going to win the MVP, more specifically, James Harden.

Online sportsbooks currently have James Harden tied with the fifth-longest odds to win the MVP despite his performance thus far this season.

2021 Odds To Win The MVP

  • LeBron James +180
  • Nikola Jokic +180
  • Joel Embiid +800
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo +1000
  • James Harden +1500
  • Luka Doncic +1500
  • Steph Curry +1500
  • Damian Lillard +2500

James Harden is currently averaging 25 ppg, 11.1 apg and 8.1 rpg with a 24.42 PER. All of his stats thus far in the season are all in the top 20 in the league with his assists being league-leading.

What makes James Harden’s case to win the MVP even stronger is the fact that he was averaging 24.8 ppg, 10.4 apg and 5.1 rpg prior to being traded to Brooklyn from the Houston Rockets. The fact that Harden has improved every single one of his stats alone strongly backs up his NBA odds to win the MVP.

Something else to take note of is that he went from a team where he was the lone superstar to a team that has both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Granted, Durant did get injured and has been sidelined for some time now but he is still averaging these stats alongside Kyrie Irving who is averaging 27.6 ppg.

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What makes Harden’s case for the MVP even more interesting is that his odds are still sitting at somewhat of a longshot position. With that, bettors should be jumping at any opportunity they get to bet on Harden’s odds before they get any shorter which they likely will.

Also, it is worth taking note that one of the favorites to win the MVP, Joel Embiid, will be sidelined for multiple weeks with a knee injury which means that if there were ever a time for Harden to make even more of a case for the MVP, it would be now.

All in all, James Harden has been making a strong case for the MVP award since arriving in Brooklyn and will continue to climb the MVP odds board. With that being said, now would be the best time to jump on his odds before they shift any shorter.