Betting Odds to Win The 2020 NBA Most Valuable Player
by Dave Schwab Scores & Statson
A new season in the NBA gets started later in October and quite a few of the league’s top players have a new place to call home. This has radically shaken up the competitive structure for both the Eastern and Western Conference. It has also given some of these high-profile superstars a chance to show off their talents in a completely new setting.
The Milwaukee Bucks posted the best regular-season record in the NBA last season (60-22) behind their top frontman Giannis Antetokounmpo. He then helped carry his team to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing that best-of-seven series to Toronto. He remains at the top of this year’s MVP list as a +270 favorite. Going back over the recent history of this award, since 2004 there have been three different players winning MVP honors in back-to-back seasons with LeBron James accomplishing this feat twice. Steve Nash (2005-2206) and Stephen Curry (2015-2016) were the other two players.
The numbers speak for themselves and the Bucks’ overall roster has not changed all that much from last season. This gives Giannis the clear edge to join that elite list by winning another MVP award this season.
Stretching The Odds
When Steph Curry won his two MVP awards with Golden State, he did not have to compete with Kevin Durant as a teammate. Durant has moved on to Brooklyn to leave Curry as the top dog with the Warriors. In the absence of Klay Thompson as another top scorer due to a severe injury, Steph will have the spotlight all to himself. This adds some tremendous value to his +550 odds to win his third-career MVP award. The only question is how good will Golden State be this season as a team?
Another high-valued player is James Harden as a +600 third-favorite to win MVP for the second time in his career. In a banner season as the top scorer in the league, he won this award in 2018. Still playing for the Houston Rockets with the addition of Russell Westbrook, Harden might be able to shine bright enough this season to win MVP again.
A close fourth on the list would be the Los Angeles Lakers’ top offseason acquisition, Anthony Davis at +650 odds. He was traded from New Orleans to join LeBron James (+800 odds) in the quest to win an NBA title. These two superstars could cancel each other out, but early NBA regular season predictions have helped to drive down the betting odds on Davis for MVP honors.
Banking on a Longshot
It is hard to see someone other than the top players on this list win MVP this season. However, if you are looking to bet a longshot, Kyrie Irving at +4500 offers a bit of value playing for the Brooklyn Nets. Durant is expected to miss this season due to injury, so Irving will have a chance to shine on his own. If more than a few things go Brooklyn’s way, Irving could be singled out as the main reason for the team’s success.
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It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.
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My love of sports started a long time ago when I was just a kid growing up just outside Philadelphia. While I was a big Phillies, Flyers and 76ers fan, my number one team was always the Eagles. My dad was a season ticket holder from 1961 to 2002 and I would honestly say that he missed less than a handful of games than more than a few dismal seasons.
I was fortunate enough to go to a number of Eagles’ games back in the day including the 1980 NFC Championship when Wilbert Montgomery ran roughshod over the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys to lead Philly to their first appearance in a Super Bowl. Flash forward 40 years later and am I still celebrating the thrilling victory over New England in Super Bowl LVII. I know that my dad was smiling down on that one.