Could reigning two-time league MVP Giannis Antetolounmpo cash in against his 2021 NBA MVP odds as the prohibitive favorite or will the still-blossoming Luka Doncic beat out the Greek Freak to claim his first league MVP award?
Will Los Angeles Lakers teammates LeBron James or Anthony Davis challenge to win the 2021 NBA MVP award or will it go to a player with far more value-packed odds like Nikola Jokic or Damian Lillard?
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With that thought in mind, now is a perfect time to look toward the start of next season and the potential winners of the 2021 NBA MVP award. Let’s check out the value-packed odds in the BetUS online betting sportsbook.
2021 NBA MVP Odds Top 5
Giannis Antetokounmpo +500
The Greek Freak averaged 29.5 points and 13.6 rebounds per game to win his second consecutive MVP award this past season. While the supremely talented superstar could make it three straight in 2021, I don’t see it happening for the prohibitive favorite.
Luka Doncic +500
Still just 21-years-old, Doncic had an MVP-caliber season for Dallas by putting up 28.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game this past season. More importantly, once the postseason began, Doncic stepped into the spotlight with a string of jaw-dropping and often heroic performances. Doncic could be the man to beat in just his third season in the league.
Anthony Davis +600
Davis was unstoppable in the postseason by putting up 27.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game while shooting an impressive 38.3 percent from beyond the arc. Still, Davis still isn’t the most valuable player on his own team and everyone knows that. For me, it’s hard picturing the oft-injured Davis winning the league MVP award.
LeBron James +600
Even at age 35, James put up a stellar 25.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and a career-high 10.2 assists per game while leading the Lakers to their first title in a decade. James is still the straw that stirs the drink in LA – and I wouldn’t expect any drop-off as he looks to lead the Lakers to consecutive titles.
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Stephen Curry +900
Curry put up 27.3 points per game in his last full season. If the Warriors get back to being a legitimate title contender in the loaded Western Conference and Curry is leading the way while shooting the lights out, the two-time league MVP could win his third.
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NBA MVP Odds +1000 to +3000
Leonard averaged a career-high 27.1 points per game in his first season with the Clippers, but his load-managing ways will almost certainly keep the two-time NBA Finals MVP out of the league MVP conversation. Oh yeah…and then there’s that playoff collapse.
Kevin Durant +1000
There are a lot of ifs when it comes to KD possibly winning the league MVP award. If Durant comes back as the same guy that put up 26.0 points, 6.4 boards and 5.9 assists per game – and if he can turn the Nets into legitimate title contenders, it could happen.
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Jimmy Butler +2000
While Butler undoubtedly stamped his name as a true superstar by almost single-handedly willing the Miami Heat into the NBA Finals this past postseason, he only averaged 19.9 points per game and that figure just isn’t going to be good enough to win the MVP award.
James Harden +1500
Harden averaged a league-high 34.3 points per game while dishing out 7.5 dimes per night. Still, it’s hard to picture the 2018 MVP winning this award again – unless Houston really contends next season.
Nikola Jokic +2000
The game’s most versatile big man put up 19.9 points, 9.6 boards and 7.0 assists per game last season. If Denver is elite in 2021, Jokic will undeniably have a shot to win the league MVP award.
Damian Lillard +2000
I love the value that Lillard is offering as a +2000 pick after he put up 30.0 and 8.0 assists per game this past season. If Lillard can help the Blazers improve as legitimate challengers, then the 2020 campaign could become one big ‘Dame Time’ moment for the five-time all-star.
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Jayson Tatum +1500
While Tatum is supremely gifted and averaged a career-high 23.4 points per game this past season, the 22-year-old hasn’t developed that same ‘killer instinct’ that we saw out of several other young players like Doncic and Lillard.
Joel Embiid +3000
The game’s most criticized superstar put up 23.0 points and 11.6 rebounds this past season and he showed up in a big way in Philadelphia’s one-and-done playoff stint. Still, until Philadelphia becomes real contenders – or Embiid is traded to one – I don’t see it happening.
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Kyrie Irving +3000
Irving averaged 27.4 points per contest but suited up in just 20 games. Irving misses too much time with injuries to win this award – plus he’s kind of unlikable and an off-the-wall flat-earther!
NBA MVP Odds +4000 and up
Paul George +5000
George averaged 21.5 points, 5.7 boards and 3.9 assists per game for the Clippers this past season. But his reputation took a big hit as he disappeared in the playoffs. Save your money, there’s no value here, NBA betting buffs.
Donovan Mitchell +4000
Mitchell took his game from really good to great in the postseason by upping his regular season scoring average of 24.4 points per game to a mind-boggling 36.3 points per game in the playoffs. Mitchell is on the MVP map – and he could win it if Utah rises up to become one of the top teams in the Western Conference.
Devin Booker +4000
Arguably, the game’s most deadly shooter, Booker put up 26.6 points per game for the second straight season. More importantly, he led the Suns to a perfect mark inside the bubble. Unfortunately, Phoenix will need to improve dramatically for him to even sniff this award.
Jamal Murray +4000
While Murray took his game – and the Denver Nuggets – to a whole new level this past season, he’s going to have a tough time winning MVP of his own team with Nikola Jokic clearly Denver’s best player at this point.
NBA MVP Odds +6000 and up
Ben Simmons +6000
While Simmons is as versatile as any player in the league and averaged a solid 16.4 points, 8.0 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game, he clearly hasn’t lived up to his vast potential and never will – unless he develops a jump shot.
Russell Westbrook +6000
Westbrook averaged 27.2 points, 7.9 boards and 7.0 assists per game this past season, but he shot an awful 25.8 percent from three-point range. More importantly, Westbrook is a turnover machine that can now be controlled by stopping his drives to the basket.
Zion Williamson +6000
Williamson put up 22.5 points per game, but he suited up for just 24 regular season contests. Right now, I think his lack of fitness is a real problem, not to mention the fact that he’s not even the best player on his own team.
Pascal Siakam +8000
Siakam is a very good player that averaged a career-high 22.9 points per game this past regular season. However, when given the chance to lead Toronto this past postseason, he failed miserably while putting up just 17.0 points per game while shooting a dismal 39.6 percent from the field.
Trae Young +8000
Young put up a stupendous 29.6 points and 9.3 assists per game this past season. While those numbers are clearly MVP-like figures, Young won’t have a shot at winning unless he helps transform the Hawks into something resembling consistent winners.
NBA MVP Odds +10000
Bam Adebayo +10000
The versatile Adebayo put up 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds this past season, but he’s got a way to go to surpass Jimmy Butler as the MVP – of his own team.
Brandon Ingram +10000
Ingram established himself as a true star by averaging 23.8 points per contest, but New Orleans is far from contending and that means the 23-year-old won’t have a chance.
Kyle Lowry +10000
Make no mistake about it, Lowry is one of the most valuable players in the league to his team and does a little bit of everything to help Toronto. Lowry averaged 19.4 points, 7.5 assist and 5.0 rebounds per game, but his all-out efforts just aren’t glamorous enough to garner many votes.
Ja Morant +10000
The electrifying Morant averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 assists per game as a rookie and I believe he’ll be in the running to win a league MVP at some point in his career – just not next season.
Klay Thompson +10000
When we last saw this half of the Splash Brothers’ Thompson was putting up 21.5 points per game while shooting a blistering 40.5 percent from downtown. If the Warriors get back to being title contenders and Thompson goes bonkers, he could challenge for the MVP – although playing alongside his more famous backcourt partner will hurt his chances.
Karl-Anthony Towns +10000
KAT put up a career-high 26.5 points per game this past season while pulling down 10.8 boards per game. Still, in five seasons, Towns has not helped Minnesota win more than 47 games – and that just isn’t going to cut it no matter how talented he is.