- LeBron James was the favorite to win the NBA MVP until now.
- Joel Embiid is now favored to win the MVP award with +190 odds.
- LeBron James has +210 odds to win the NBA MVP.
PHILADELPHIA - For those that follow and bet on the NBA and all that it has to offer, there has been a major shift in the odds to win the NBA Regular-Season MVP Award.
Online sportsbooks have had LeBron James listed as the favorite to win for a number of consecutive weeks until now. Philadelphia 76ers big man, Joel Embiid, has taken over the top spot on the MVP odds board.
Odds To Win NBA MVP
- Joel Embiid +190
- LeBron James +210
- Nikola Jokic +375
- Luka Doncic +1200
- James Harden +1200
- Damian Lillard +1400
- Giannis Antetokounmpo +1800
- Stephen Curry +1800
- Kawhi Leonard +3300
- Donovan Mitchell +4000
Embiid’s NBA MVP odds have moved into the favorite spot for a reason. He is currently averaging 30.2 ppg, 11.6 rpg and 1.4 blk. Not to mention he has helped lead this 76ers team to the best record in the Eastern Conference at 24-12 thus far.
Another main reason that Embiid has jumped up into the favorite spot to win the MVP award is because of the struggles that LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are having without Anthony Davis. The Lakers were once sitting at the top of the league with the best record, but after Davis went down with an injury, the Lakers began to struggle.
In fact, in their last ten games, they have gone a mediocre 3-7.
Not to take anything away from Embiid and the season that he is having, but the team’s success plays a big role in the NBA MVP odds as well and Embiid has certainly been leading this 76ers team to success.
However, if Embiid wants to remain the favorite to win the MVP, he must continue to lead this team to victory as Anthony Davis is expected to be back with the Lakers soon which means that the Lakers could get their winning culture back.
Those that are looking to cash out on Embiid’s odds should do so sooner rather than later being that if he continues playing this way in the second half of the season, his odds would continue to get shorter.