Joel Embiid Remains MVP Favorite After All-Star Break

  • Joel Embiid is favored to win the NBA MVP with +140 odds.
  • DeMar DeRozan saw his MVP odds drop from +3750 to +1500.
  • Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo saw their odds drop as well.

PHILADELPHIA – NBA All-Star Weekend is now in the books and the race to win the NBA MVP is heating up. Heading into All-Star Weekend, Joel Embiid was the favorite to win the MVP and his odds have remained the same after the weekend.

On the other hand, plenty of players saw their odds drop in the wrong direction on online betting sites while some saw their odds jump forward.


  • Joel Embiid +140
  • Nikola Jokic +300
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo +375
  • Stephen Curry +900
  • Ja Morant +1100
  • DeMar DeRozan +1500
  • Devin Booker +2000
  • Chris Paul +3000
  • Luka Doncic +3000
  • Kevin Durant +7000

Joel Embiid has remained the favored to win the NBA MVP being that he has remained an offensive powerhouse since the Philadelphia 76ers traded for James Harden. Although the team did trade for Harden, he has yet to play for Philly. In the four games since the trade, Embiid has led the Sixers to a 3-1 record and has gone for 25, 40, 19, and 42 points. That said, it is not hard to see why his NBA MVP odds have remained at the top.

Trending Up

One player in particular that has been trending up for the entire month of February has been DeMar DeRozan of the Chicago Bulls. DeRozan went from putting up 25.7 ppg in January to now 35.8 ppg in February. He has gone for 35+ points in 7 of his last 10 games which includes two 40+ point games.

Also, in that 10-game span, the Bulls have gone 7-3 overall and have also gone 7-3 against the spread. With that said, DeRozan has seen his odds jump from +3750 way down to +1500 following All-Star Weekend.

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Other players that saw their odds shorten following the break include Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo. However, neither of them saw the shift that DeRozan had. Jokic went from +345 down to +300 while Giannis saw his drop from +400 to +375.

Trending Down

Both Stephen Curry and Chris Paul saw a different story with their odds as they both shifted in the wrong direction. Curry saw his odds go from +750 down to +900 while CP3 went from +2350 to +3000.

As for Curry, his odds falling comes as a result of the Golden State Warriors going 1-4 in their last five games leading up to the break. Paul, on the other hand, suffered a fractured thumb and will be out between 6-8 weeks in recovery.