2017 NBA MVP Betting Odds

After two years of Steph Curry being the NBA MVP, it feels like it’s time for someone new to take the award. While you can still get a pretty good number on Steph Curry +350, it seems unlikely that he will add a third straight award while playing on a team with Kevin Durant +1000. There simply won’t be enough points to go around and his impact will simply feel lessened by the addition of another top player. Sorry, Warriors fans.

One of the most interesting propositions is the best player in the NBA, Lebron James +450. He’s spent the past couple of seasons mostly resting himself for big runs in the playoffs and has been accused of taking off large portions of the season and not giving his all. While this is possibly true, he was still one of the best players in the league while not giving it a 100%. One has to wonder if coming off an championship season if he will feel like he needs to prove himself as the best in the league one more time. He’s certainly capable of an MVP season every year that he plays, but he might prefer championship rings to MVP trophies and not “go for it”.

Everyone is going crazy on Russell Westbrook +200 this year because they think that he is simply going to go off in the absence of Kevin Durant. That is true and he should put up some big numbers this year, I’m not sure it will be enough to win himself the MVP. The thing with MVPs is that it is very often a player from one of the top four teams in the league. I can’t see the Thunder being that, no matter how many numbers Westbrook puts up.

Which is why I think this one comes down to two possible candidates, both at +1000.

James Harden +1000 should put up similar video game numbers to what everyone is expecting from Westbrook, but do it on a far better team. The Mike D’Antoni coaching hire is a stroke of genius as he will completely unlock Harden’s offensive ceiling. The points numbers could go up, the assists could go up, everything could go up. Two years ago he was the runner-up for MVP with an arguably better season than Steph Curry. If the Rockets bounce back this year he is not likely to have Curry standing in his way.

The other big name candidate is Kawhi Leonard +1000. The Spurs are the Spurs and this guy has just improved every year of his career. He’s won back-to-back defensive player of the year awards and could add a third. If he can combine that play with an improved offensive season where the Spurs are once again on top of the West, we could see him add even more hardware with the MVP trophy.

2017 NBA MVP Odds at Bovada

  • Russell Westbrook +200
  • Stephen Curry +450
  • LeBron James +450
  • Kevin Durant +1000
  • Anthony Davis +1000
  • Kawhi Leonard +1000
  • James Harden +1000
  • Paul George +2200
  • Blake Griffin +3300
  • Damian Lillard +3300
  • Kyrie Irving +3300
  • DeMarcus Cousins +4000
  • Chris Paul +3300
  • Carmelo Anthony +3300
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo +4000
  • Karl-Anthony Towns +3300
  • Draymond Green +6000
  • John Wall +6000
  • Isaiah Thomas +6600
  • Kyle Lowry +6600
  • LaMarcus Aldridge +10000
  • Dwyane Wade +10000
  • DeMar DeRozan +10000
  • Hassan Whiteside +10000
  • Jimmy Butler +10000
  • Derrick Rose +10000
  • Andre Drummond +12500
  • Andrew Wiggins +12500
  • Bradley Beal +12500
  • Kevin Love +17500
  • Gordon Hayward +17500
  • Dwight Howard +20000
  • Kristaps Porzingis +30000
  • Brandon Ingram +30000
  • Dirk Nowitzki +30000
  • Ben Simmons +30000

UPDATE: 2/14/17
As we near the All-Star break, the race for the MVP is heating up and 5Dimes has released some updated NBA MVP odds in their NBA props section. The odds are quite different from the preseason for a lot of players with some of the differences being really glaring.

NBA Most Valuable Player

James Harden wins regular season MVP -145
Field wins NBA regular season MVP +105
R.Westbrook wins regular season MVP +120
Field wins NBA regular season MVP -160
LeBron James wins regular season MVP +950
Field wins NBA regular season MVP -1950
Kawhi Leonard wins regular season MVP +1050
Field wins NBA regular season MVP -2150
Kevin Durant wins regular season MVP +1180
Field wins NBA regular season MVP -2540
Anthony Davis wins regular season MVP +10000
Field wins NBA regular season MVP -50000

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