NBA MVP Odds: Ranking the Top 5 NBA MVP Candidates

NBA MVP odds as we rank the top-5 NBA MVP candidates. As the NBA regular season winds down, Kade Kimble analyzes the MVP race in the NBA as well as the odds surrounding each player.
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NBA MVP Odds: Ranking the Top 5 NBA MVP Candidates

1. Joel Embiid (-145) (Bet $145 to win $100)

Embiid has not only maintained his MVP level domination throughout this season but he’s remained healthy, which could be his most prominent case for MVP this season. Embiid isn’t a stranger to playing at an MVP level, most of the time his case has been diminished because a lack of games played, which shouldn’t be an issue this year. The big man averages 29.8 PPG, 11.3 RPG, and 4.3 APG. Not only are his stats a big case for MVP, but the 76ers are 43-27 which is good for the third seed in the Eastern Conference.

2. Giannis Antetokoumnpo (+900) (Bet $100 to win $900)

Giannis is no stranger to winning the MVP. His elite defense and ability to load up on offensive stats along with consistent regular-season success keeps him in the MVP conversation year after year. On the season, Giannis is averaging 29.8 PPG, 11.5 RPG, and 5.8 APG while also coming off of an NBA Championship and Finals MVP run. 

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3. Nikola Jokic (+135) (Bet $100 to win $135)

The former MVP is averaging a near triple-double with 26.1 PPG, 13.6 RPG, and 8.0 APG. While a near triple-double is impressive alone, Jokic has held the injury-filled Nugget’s head above the water and in the Playoff running while missing his two running mates in Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. The Nuggets are 42-30 on the season. 

4. Ja Morant (+2800) (Bet $100 to win $2800)

While the first three candidates are likely to be the final three in the running, you can’t ignore Morant’s monster season. Third-year point guard leading a young team to a top seed in their conference, sound familiar? Derrick Rose in 2011 had a similar season even though LeBron may have had a good case to win the MVP. This further proves that narrative matters and Ja Morant has a good one surrounding him. He is also averaging 27.6 PPG, 5.7 RPG, and 6.7 APG while leading the Grizzlies to an impressive 49-23 record and the second seed in the Western Conference. 

5. DeMar DeRozan (+3300) (Bet $100 to win $3300)

DeRozan was marked off in the offseason and the Bulls took on the label of having the worst offseason in the league. Since then, the Bulls have maintained a playoff record in the Eastern Conference and DeRozan has averaged 27.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG, and 5.1 APG despite having an “awful” contract.

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Kade has spent his last 3 years writing about the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has also been following the NBA for the past 11 years. Just recently, Kade began co-hosting the Boomtown Hoops Podcast.


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