23% Of Bets On NBA MVP Placed On Joel Embiid
“Trust the Process”. For years that was the motto of the Philadelphia 76ers front office. Well, the process has born fruit. Joel Embiid has been a star for a few seasons now, but questions about his health and eventual ceiling still clouded the betting the market. It made it hard for bettors to trust Embiid.
That hesitancy is gone now. Embiid is now the favorite to win the NBA MVP in every sense of the word. His +250 odds are the best on the market. Embiid is second in the NBA in scoring, he’s fourth in rebounding, he’s one of only five players to average at least one steal and block per game, and he’s second in PER. It certainly helps his MVP chances that the 76ers are currently first in the Eastern Conference.
He still faces some stiff competition from guys like Nikola Jokic, +500, and a surging James Harden, +2500. However, Embiid is just dominating competition day in and day out. He’s leading a 76ers team where his best teammates are Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris to the top of the East. The 76ers currently have better records than the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, and Los Angeles Lakers, all super teams. For that alone, Embiid has to be considered the favorite to win MVP.