NBA MVP ODDS FOR 2017-18 SEASON

As we get ready to welcome in a new NBA season, the debate over who will win this season’s MVP award is starting to take shape. Bovada’s most recent odds are out, and along with some of the usual suspects, the player leading the way may not be the one you thought.

It’s a long way until the award is presented (June 30th, 2018), and it’s safe to say there are plenty of superstar candidates this year. Let’s take a look at the early favorites and a quick assessment of each player.

Kawhi Leonard – San Antonio Spurs (+375)

A little bit of a surprise here as the Spurs will need to get by the heavy favorite Golden State Warriors in the West. But Leonard is a player who has clearly come into his own. He can fill up the stat sheet every night and with the right supporting cast around him, don’t count Leonard or his team out.

Lebron James – Cleveland Cavaliers (+400)

The four-time league MVP is always a candidate to win it again. He is arguably the league’s best player and could probably win the award every year. With some new supporting players around him, it remains to be seen if it affects his numbers, especially early in the year. No matter what, expect him to be a finalist, at the very least.

Kevin Durant – Golden State Warriors (+550)

Now that Durant has a year and a championship under his belt with the Warriors, this may be the year he explodes. But with the number of stars and the unselfish nature of this team, chances are they share the wealth, which could end up hurting him come MVP voting time.

Russell Westbrook – Oklahoma City Thunder (+600)

The defending MVP winner is an unbelievable talent and capable of putting up similar numbers as he did last year. With one new problem. The additions of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony has helped the team, but will have an impact on Westbrooks numbers. But this award is not always about numbers. If he can elevate his team to the NBA Finals, while still providing impressive statistics, don’t count him out.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) & James Harden (HOU) – (+1000)

The Bucks could be a surprise contender in the East and that could be good news for the Greek Freak. There’s no denying his talent and look out if he develops a jumper. Harden was a finalist last season and it will be interesting to see the impact that Chris Paul has on him. I’m guessing his points per game goes up and his assists go down.

Stephen Curry (GS) & Kyrie Irving (BOS) – (+1200)

Curry’s back to back streak of MVP awards was broken by Westbrook last season, so he’s definitely a candidate to win his third. He’s still the leader of this star-studded team, and by winning another title, you can’t discount him winning another MVP. Irving will now take center stage with the Celtics after being a great second fiddle in Cleveland. He also has the talent and should the Celtics make it to the Finals, it will probably have a lot to do with his play.

Prediction: I don’t see a Westbrook like season this year (even by him). For that reason, I like a player from the NBA Champions. Take your pick, Durant or Curry.