NBA MVP Odds

NBA MVP Odds

With the college hoops season in the books, basketball fans and bettors can turn their full attention to the NBA. With only a week remaining in the 2013-14 regular season, playoff positioning has never been more important for those teams hoping to gain a shot at winning the coveted Larry O’Brien Trophy. Time is also running out on the league MVP race. Can LeBron James capture it for a fifth time, or will Kevin Durant or another player seize the prize? Here are the latest odds to win the MVP.

Kevin Durant 1/33 – Based on these odds, it seems like Durant is a lock to take home his first MVP award. And deservedly so. The Thunder boast the second best record in the league due in large to Durant’s gaudy numbers: 32.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.3 steals, 40.4% from three-point range. Those are Jordanesque stats, which is reason alone why every other player, including James, is fighting for second place.

LeBron James 14/5 – Actually, everyone else is fighting for third place, because LeBron’s “quiet” season has been dominant enough to overshadow the NBA’s other elite talents. King James has won two straight awards and four of the last five overall. That said, his rebound, assist, and three-point averages are all down from last year. The Heat are still engaged in a fierce battle with the Pacers for the top spot in the East and Friday’s matchup in Miami will go a long way in deciding which team earns home court advantage.

Blake Griffin 24/1 – Griffin deserves high praise for refining his game in the offseason. His freakish athleticism was never in doubt, but his ability to consistently hit mid-range jumpers and free throws was. Griffin’s 24 points per game is a career best and his February production (30 points, 10.7 rebounds per game) served as a catalyst for the Clippers late season surge. Despite injuries to Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford during the season, the other L.A. team is sitting fourth in the highly competitive West. Needless to say, Griffin’s stock is on the rise.

Paul George 39/1 – George’s ascension to the top tier of NBA talent began during last year’s run to the Eastern Conference Finals. Besides James, George is the most complete player at both ends of the floor. In 2013-14, he became more aggressive on offense, netting a career best 21.7 points and 1.9 steals per game. He also lifted his trips to the line from 274 a season ago to 452; his 86.5% free-throw percentage ranks 9th in the league. He has no shot of winning the MVP, but beating the Heat in the playoffs would improve his future odds.

Kevin Love 51/1 – Unfortunately for the T-Wolves, they aren’t in the East. If they were, they would be a playoff team. Which is one more reason why Kevin Love should consider relocating east. His 26 points ties a career-high and his 4.4 assists nearly doubles his previous season high. Love recovered nicely from a fractured hand suffered in January 2013 to deliver his best all-around campaign. Put him on Toronto or Chicago, he’s an immediate MVP front-runner.