NBA MVP Odds For Nikola Jokic, SGA And More

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The NBA regular season has wrapped up. NBA MVP odds show Nikola Jokic as the likely favorite to win pro basketball’s most prestigious individual award. Jokic was -6000 to win on Monday, April 15.

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Here are the current NBA MVP odds.

Nikola Jokic NBA MVP odds (-135)

The Joker is once again threatening to average a triple double as he enters the break at 24.5 PPG, 11.8 RPG, and 9.8 APG while shooting 63 percent from the floor. He is favored to win a third MVP in four seasons. 

SGA NBA MVP odds (+220) 

The closest competition for Jokic is Gilgeous-Alexander, who leads the NBA in win shares and leads the Western Conference in total points scored while carrying the Thunder to the top of the standings. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo NBA MVP odds (+1500)

While he’s having his best statistical season in years with averages of 31.1 PPG, 11.8 RPG, and 5.7 APG, Giannis is also averaging 3.9 turnovers and contributing to a struggling Bucks defense that has cost them several wins. 

Luka Doncic NBA MVP odds (+500)

Doncic is running away with a scoring title at 34.2 points per game and he’s averaging 9.5 assists for a rising Mavericks team that upgraded ahead of the trade deadline.  

Jayson Tatum NBA MVP odds (+4000)

The leader of a Celtics team that is listed as NBA title favorites and should clinch the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference has a shot to earn some MVP votes. But Boston’s balanced starting five likely precludes Tatum for overcoming the favorites. 

Jalen Brunson NBA MVP odds (+8000) 

The Knicks have caught fire since they acquired a few key pieces ahead of the trade deadline and Brunson remains the most essential piece of their offense. The first-time all-star could earn MVP votes if he carries the Knicks to a top seed in the East. 

Kawhi Leonard NBA MVP odds (+8000) 

Leonard appears likely to reach the 65-game threshold required to earn awards consideration and he should make All-NBA with extremely efficient shooting splits for the high-powered Clippers. 

Donovan Mitchell NBA MVP odds (+12500) 

The Cavs went on a tear while Darius Garland and Evan Mobley were out multiple weeks and Mitchell deserves credit for his two-way play during that stretch.  

Kevin Durant NBA MVP odds (+20000) 

Durant is sharing the offensive load with Devin Booker and Bradley Beal, so his MVP odds have lengthened considerably over the past few weeks. 

Anthony Edwards NBA MVP odds (+25000) 

Edwards is leading Minnesota’s offense with 24.6 PPG and Rudy Gobert is among the Defensive Player of the Year favorites while leading the Wolves’ elite defense. 

Steph Curry NBA MVP odds (+25000) 

The Warriors are heating up with Curry averaging 28.8 PPG, 5.5 APG, and 6.1 made 3-pointers on 45 percent shooting during an 8-2 stretch before the break.

How NBA MVP odds Are Changing

Below we will examine how NBA MVP odds are changing over the course of the season.

PlayerNBA MVP Odds June 21NBA MVP Odds September 27NBA MVP Odds
October 24 (Opening Night)
February 6
Nikola Jokic+475+450+300-180
Luka Doncic+500+500+550+650
Giannis Antetokounmpo+550+550+500+650
Joel Embiid+600+650+1000Off the board
Jayson Tatum+900+900+800+4000
Kevin Durant+1300+1300+1100+15000
Steph Curry+1400+1400+1500+10000
LeBron James+1900+1900+2500+20000
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander+2000+1600+1500+240
Trae Young+2000+2000+3000+35000
Damian Lillard+2200+2200+1500+20000
Donovan Mitchell+2500+2500+2800+10000
Kawhi Leonard+3500+3500+6000+4000
Anthony Davis+3500+3500+3000+20000
Zion Williamson+3500+3500+4000+35000
Anthony Edwards+4000+3000+2500+15000
De’Aaron Fox+4000+4000+3500+25000
Jamal Murray+4500+4500+4000+40000
Jimmy Butler+6000+6000+6000+35000
Jaylen Brown+7000+7000+7500+35000
Jalen Brunson+8000+8000+5000+2500
Lauri Markkanen+8000+8000+10000+40000
Tyrese Haliburton+10000+10000+7500+20000

Futures Betting on NBA MVP

The NBA MVP award is usually fairly easy to predict, but with the league currently loaded with super-duper-stars, we saw a relative longshot win in 2021. Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic captured his first league MVP award, as he averaged 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game that season. The Joker had the 12th lowest odds to win the award at FanDuel Sportsbook ahead of the season at +3600.

Jokic wound up going back-to-back, as he won the pro basketball Most Valuable Player award again in 2022. The Serbian sensation had around +1400 NBA MVP odds prior to the start of the 2021-22 season. Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid narrowly missed out on winning the award. Embiid had around +1000 MVP odds prior to the start of the season. Luka Doncic was the consensus favorite to win in the pre-season last year with +400 odds.

NBA Over or Under Win Totals

Betting on the MVP winner is one of the more popular options for outright bets known as “Futures,” which are usually wagers on a season-long outcome such as the NBA champion, NBA division winner, or individual award winners. It’s also possible to bet Over or Under on Team Win totals, i.e. the number of games a team is expected to win during the regular season.

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Where you can bet on the MVP legally

Online sports betting is currently legal at a regulated sportsbook in the following states:

StateLaw Passed?Launch DateMobile Launch
Arizona Sports BettingYesSeptember 2021September 2021
Arkansas Sports BettingYesJuly 2019NA
Colorado Sports BettingYesMay 2020May 2020
Connecticut Sports BettingYes*September 2021October 2021
Delaware Sports BettingYesJune 2018Pending
Florida Sports BettingYes*PendingPending
Illinois Sports BettingYesMarch 2020August 2020
Indiana Sports BettingYesSeptember 2019October 2019
Iowa Sports BettingYesAugust 2019August 2019
Louisiana Sports BettingYesOctober 2021January 2022
Maryland Sports BettingYesPendingPending
Michigan Sports BettingYesMarch 2020January 2021
Mississippi Sports BettingYesAugust 2018September 2021
Montana Sports BettingYesMarch 2020March 2020
Nevada Sports BettingYes19492010
New Hampshire Sports BettingYesAugust 2020December 2019
New Jersey Sports BettingYesJune 2018August 2018
New Mexico Sports BettingNo*October 2018NA
New York Sports BettingYesJuly 2019January 2022
North Carolina Sports BettingYesMarch 2021NA
Ohio Sports BettingYesJanuary 2023January 2023
Oregon Sports BettingNo*August 2019October 2019
Pennsylvania Sports BettingYesNovember 2018May 2019
Rhode Island Sports BettingYesNovember 2018September 2019
South Dakota Sports BettingYesSeptember 2021NA
Tennessee Sports BettingYesNovember 2020November 2020
Virginia Sports BettingYesJanuary 2021January 2021
Washington, D.C. Sports BettingYesMay 2020August 2020
Washington Sports BettingYesSeptember 2021NA
West Virginia Sports BettingYesAugust 2018August 2019
Wyoming Sports BettingYesSeptember 2021September 2021

Legislation is on the table in a number of states with more states sure to legalize sports betting in the upcoming years.

Residents of Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia have access to online sportsbooks, including the platforms created by industry titans DraftKings and FanDuel. William Hill and other online books also offer great opportunities to bet on NBA games and Futures.

In order to bet on MVP, users can click on the NBA tab and find the tab labeled “Futures” and move to “Player Futures.” Regular Season MVP should be one of the categories along with Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and more postseason awards.

Previous winners and trends

Only three MVP winners in the “modern era” have come from teams that won 50 games or fewer. This past season’s winner, Jokic, was one of them as his team won 48 games. Additionally, since 1985 only three MVPs have come from teams that failed to finish at least second in their conference.

So the starting point for choosing a good bet is finding the best player on a winning team. Denver was not one of the top two teams but Jokic more or less single-handedly willed them to the playoffs. The Nuggets were a top 6 seed in the West as were the Sixers in the East.

Remember that the MVP is a regular season award, so players that historically have come up short in the postseason, like Jokic and Harden will always still have a seat at the MVP table.

That said, because the award is voted upon by sportswriters, a players’ body of work tends to put them over the top. Only four MVP winners were younger than 23 and the last rookie to win the MVP was Wes Unseld back in 1969.

Scoring is Critical to win NBA MVP

Scoring is a key criteria for MVP, as the NBA’s leading scorer has won the award in four of the past five years.

While the Center position is fading in today’s small-ball NBA, that position leads the way in MVP awards with 27, although 22 of those came in the first 28 years of the award.

Over the last 15 years, guards have won the award eight times, signifying how the NBA has transitioned to a faster-paced, higher-scoring game. The past four guards to win (James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Steph Curry, and Derrick Rose) are not particularly renowned defenders. Posting gaudy offensive numbers can be enough to sway voters.

Shooting guards have won the fewest awards (eight) in the history of the MVP and Michael Jordan snagged five of those trophies.

Since the 1975-76 season, only three players have been named MVP in a season where their team failed to win 50 games. That includes Russell Westbrook in 2016-17, but it has become a rarity for a player from a mediocre team to win the award.

The Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is voted upon by a panel of 100 media members who are not affiliated with any NBA franchises. Each member of the panel casts a vote for first to fifth place selections. Each vote counts incrementally towards a players’ total, with first-place votes netting 10 points and fifth-place votes counting for only 1 point.

In the history of NBA MVP voting, only Curry (2015-16) has received every first-place vote from the entire panel to be named MVP unanimously. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the award a record six times and LeBron has won four MVP awards, which makes him the leader among active players.