The NBA regular season is closing in on the halfway point of its 72-game schedule. This year’s annual All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, March 7. This is a perfect lead-in to taking a closer look at betting the odds to win the NBA’s 2021 Most Valuable Player award.
James has been named league MVP four times over the course of his 17-year NBA career. However, you would have to go back to the 2012/2013 regular season to find the last time he won. There is a good chance that this drought could come to an end this season as a +125 favorite to win.
His stats through the halfway point of the season back his position at the top of the list. Across the board, he is averaging 25.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.8 assists for the Lakers as defending NBA champs. There is also quite a bit of sentiment among NBA fans that James may have been robbed of a few more MVP trophies over the past seven seasons.
If he can maintain his current pace while keeping Los Angeles in the hunt for the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs, there is some solid value in betting on James at plus money.
Second on the list is Joel Embiid. In moving the Philadelphia 76ers to the top of the Eastern Conference standings, the 26-year old center is putting up MVP numbers. He is averaging a double-double with 29.8 points and 11.3 rebounds a game.
Embiid is also grabbing the attention of NBA MVP voters with his exploits on the court this season. On Feb. 19 against the Chicago Bulls, he posted 50 points. He went on to close-out February on a high note by scoring 42 points against Cleveland.
The 76ers still have to prove that they have the staying power to hold their position at or near the top of the standings over the second half of the regular season. However, if that happens and Embiid keeps leading the way with one big night after another, the value in his +300 odds to win MVP is the highest on the board.
The player with the third-best odds to win MVP is Nikola Jokic at +600. The big man for the Denver Nuggets is one of the main reason his team went all the way to the Western Conference Finals last season.
This is another high-profile center averaging a double-double in points (27.1) and rebounds (11.0). Working against his MVP odds at this point of the season is Denver’s 18-15 record through 33 games. The Nuggets are going to have to pick up the pace over the second half of the season to keep Jokic fresh in the voter’s minds.
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I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports. I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in sports.
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.
The main objective with my writing style is to create insightful articles on a wide variety of sporting topics that can provide an edge to today's sophisticated online player. While there are times when my predictions fall well short of the actual outcome, I still enjoy trying to come up with a logical explanation to support my views on every pick I make.
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.