Will Somebody Be Able To Dethrone Giannis?

The most anticipated NBA season in recent memory is upon us and the MVP odds market is heating up as a result.

Giannis Antetokounmpo made history this pasts season when he was named league MVP for the second year in a row. He joins elite company becoming just the 12th player in NBA history to be named MVP in back-to-back seasons. However, the Greek Freak is not the unanimous favorite to win MVP in 2021. Both he and Luka Doncic come into this season at +600 odds. LeBron and AD are right behind them (+700) followed by Steph Curry (+1000).

In a star-studded league like the NBA, placing a small bet on a big-name NBA player could yield big results. Kevin Durant is a steal at +1600 odds. We also can’t forget Kawhi Leonard (+1200) or Jimmy Butler (+2000). In a season that looks to have a lot of familiar faces in new places, the 2021 MVP award appears to be up for grabs.

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What Do The 2021 MVP Odds Look Like?

There figure to be several stars that will have a say in this season’s race for MVP.

2021 NBA Most Valuable Player

Giannis Antetokounmpo: +600 Luka Doncic: +600 Anthony Davis: +700 LeBron James: +700
Stephen Curry: +1000 Kawhi Leonard: +1200 Kevin Durant: +1600 Jimmy Butler: +2000
James Harden: +2000 Nikola Jokic: +2000 Damian Lillard: +2000 Jayson Tatum: +2000
Joel Embiid: +4000 Kyrie Irving: +4000 Paul George: +5000 Donovan Mitchell: +5000
Devin Booker: +6000
March 6, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots against Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Luka Doncic has taken the NBA by storm since joining the league in 2018. The 21-year-old Forward made waves throughout the league last season after he earned himself a place in the NBA All-Star Game. He also went on to be named a First-Team All-Pro. It should be noted that he finished fourth in MVP voting last year, so it is understandable why he and Giannis look to be pretty even right now.

Anthony Davis is a strong MVP candidate despite playing alongside LeBron James. The seven-time all-star led the Lakers in points and minutes last season and looks poised to have another exceptional year. Meanwhile, LeBron shows no signs of slowing down going into year 18. The ageless wonder led LA in rebounds and assists. It’s no wonder why these guys both share +700 MVP odds.

We also can’t forget about Kevin Durant. The Slim Reaper will be returning to the basketball court for the first time since June of 2019. With a superstar like Kyrie around him, KD seems like a great sleeper pick to win MVP at +1600. If James Harden joins the Nets, then the possibilities are endless for KD.

Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid are two centers that figure to play a huge part in their teams’ success, but as recent NBA MVP winners would indicate, the games and stats may not be enough to get them into the conversation on a serious level.

If you’re looking for a super sleeper for MVP, that may be found in Phoenix with dynamo guard Devin Booker. The Suns showed that they could legitimately compete in the Bubble. Now that they have added Chris Paul, I think Phoenix has a real chance to make some noise in the West. I think Booker is a super sleeper at +6000.

How Betting on MVP Futures Works

Now that we’ve broken down the most likely candidates to win MVP, you may be wondering how betting on NBA MVP odds works, and it couldn’t be any simpler.

Futures odds are essentially the same as betting on the money line.  You are betting on an either/or occurrence and not reliant on a team winning/losing by a defined margin of points.  As a result, most futures odds will have lines set with plus-money.  What this means is that, unlike betting against the spread where you have to account for the juice of the line, you are able to bet a set amount of money in return for a profitable payout.

Using the above odds as an example, if you were to bet $100 on Anthony Davis (+700 odds as of this writing) to win the NBA MVP award and Davis did just that, you would win $700.  If you bet that on Kawhi Leonard (+1200) and he won, you would win $1200 and so forth.

The futures market is constantly changing throughout the course of the season based on team performance and injuries. As a result, there are often times where you can maximize your value on a futures bet if you simply time it correctly.

It should also be noted that because the NBA season doesn’t conclude until June, that any bets made on MVP will be tied up until the conclusion of the season. Additionally, if you were to bet on a player and their odds increase/decrease, you are locked into whatever number that’s on your ticket and not the adjusted price.

As always, the experts at OddsUSA have you covered on everything related to the NBA MVP odds market. Happy wagering!