- Nikola Jokic and Ja Morant are tied with +1400 odds to win the MVP.
- LeBron James has +1800 odds to win the MVP.
NEW YORK – The odds to win the NBA MVP are some of the most popular odds to bet on and now is the best time to bet it. These odds will shift as the offseason continues as well as throughout the season.
There are 9 players with long odds to win the MVP right now that are worth taking.
Nikola Jokic (+1400)
While Nikola Jokic’s odds are tied for the seventh shortest to win the award, these are way too long for the two-time reigning MVP.
Jokic has given no indication as to why he couldn’t win a third straight after going for 27.1 ppg, 13.8 rpg, and 7.9 apg last season. With the Denver Nuggets also being a near championship contender, his odds are well worth the risk.
Ja Morant (+1400)
Ja Morant is coming off of a breakout season to which many have begun considering him a superstar. He went for 27.4 ppg, 6.7 apg, and 5.7 rpg last season and won the Most Improved Player of the year award.
Morant also helped lead the Grizzlies to the second-best record in the league as well. If Morant can continue on this path, the NBA would be forced to award him with the MVP.
LeBron James (+1800)
As long as LeBron James is in the NBA, he should always be considered in the MVP conversation.
Even at 37 years of age, James put up his second-highest scoring season in his career at 30.3 ppg to go along with his third most rebounds per game (8.2) and 6.2 apg. The only thing that held James back from winning the MVP last season was the performance of the Lakers who went 33-49.
If the Lakers would’ve had a winning record, James could have walked away with his fifth MVP. With no signs of slowing down, his odds at online sportsbooks are always valuable to take.
Trae Young (+2800)
The Atlanta Hawks have gone two straight seasons with a winning record and a playoff run and they have Trae Young to thank for that after going for a near double-double last season.
Young put up 28.4 ppg and 9.7 apg last season – his third straight year was 25+ ppg and 9+ apg.
These are already MVP numbers as it is, and if the Hawks can put up their best record next season, Young could very well make a run at the MVP.
Jimmy Butler (+5000)
At the flip of a switch, Jimmy Butler can play like a top-5 player in the league and has proven that when the postseason comes around.
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In the regular season last year, Jimmy went for 21.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, and 5.5 apg and absolutely turned things up in the postseason going for 27.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, and 4.6 apg.
If Butler can convert his “Playoff Jimmy” nickname to “All Season Long Jimmy” he immediately jumps into the MVP conversation as the Miami Heat are already title contenders.
Karl-Anthony Towns (+5000)
The main issue for Towns to win the MVP is the performance of the Minnesota Timberwolves. In his seven years in the league, the Timberwolves have only made the playoffs twice which are also the only two seasons that they’ve finished above a .500 record.
KAT himself has been playing like an MVP having gone for 24+ ppg in five of his last six seasons with four of them being double-double seasons as well.
With the addition of Rudy Gobert in free agency though, they could be on track for a winning record meaning some MVP votes for Towns.
DeMar DeRozan (+7500)
DeRozan is coming off of a career year scoring the ball with a career-high 27.9 ppg and averaged 5+ rebounds and assists as well for the Chicago Bulls.
He also helped lead the Bulls to their best regular season record of 46-36 since the 2014-15 season. DeRozan has shown spurts of even higher MVP caliber numbers after averaging 34.2 ppg in January of last season.
James Harden (+7500)
James Harden has had a rough past two seasons having been traded twice which has certainly played a role on his performance. However, it seems that there are high hopes for his first full season with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Many forget that Harden is a former MVP and still has plenty left in the tank to win another, especially being that he is on a championship contending team.
Bradley Beal (+7500)
Bradley Beal’s main issue is that the Washington Wizards as a whole have played with mediocracy during his entire eight-year career. Beal himself has been putting up MVP numbers of 25+ ppg, 4+ rpg, and 4+ apg in three of his last four seasons, but he is the only productive player.
They’ve done a solid job in building a young core though which shouldn’t be overlooked. If by some miraculous chance this core steps up behind Beal, he can be looking at the MVP award.
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