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According to Oddsmakers, the NBA MVP Award is Westbrook's

Throughout late March, the race for the 2016-17 NBA MVP Award was James Harden’s to lose. But now it’s the otherworldly point guard from Oklahoma City who’s the runaway favorite.

Russell Westbrook is the astronomical -5000 favorite to win the hardware at Bovada, with James Harden (+600) and Kawhi Leonard (+3300) all available in plus-money.

That’s a far cry from late in the season when Harden was the -175 front-runner on March 24. Westbrook was available at +120 odds, which seems ridiculous given his current price.

Once again, here’s a breakdown of Westbrook and Harden’s chances to claim the bragging rights.

The Case for Westbrook

While there’s obviously no value in backing Westbrook now unless you’re willing to eat that much chalk (here’s a hint: don’t), his resume is astounding. Westbrook became just the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double while also leading the league in scoring at 31.6 points per game.

He broke Oscar Robertson’s record for the most triple-doubles in a season (42). The Thunder’s record when Westbrook had a triple-double was 33-9 straight up. How’s that for his importance to the team?

After Kevin Durant shockingly departed the Thunder for the already stacked Golden State Warriors in the offseason, Westbrook carried OKC to a top-six seed and 47-win campaign. Without him, they would’ve resembled a men’s league YMCA squad.

The Thunder’s offense was 11.2 points per 100 possessions worse when he was on the bench. Simply put, he single-handedly won games for this team in a capacity no other player has before him. That’s certainly MVP-worthy.

The Case for Harden

When the Rockets brought in Mike D’Antoni to be the team’s new head coach last summer, many fans and pundits across the Association expected Harden to have an uptick in production. Harden went above and beyond expectations, however, and he rightfully deserves to be up there in the MVP conversation with Westbrook.

Harden led Houston to what is currently the ninth-best offense in NBA history as the driving force at the guard position. He averaged a triple-double per 100 possessions, one of only three players (Westbrook and LeBron James) to do so this season.

Critics of Harden have long argued his selfishness as a ball hog has been a detriment to his team, but he came out of nowhere to lead the NBA in assists per game in 2016-17 (11.2). He also became the only player to ever score 2,000 points and generate 2,000 points from assists in the same season.

The Rockets were down and out after getting easily dispatched by the Warriors in the first round of the postseason a year ago, but Harden turned them into a legitimate contender in a 55-win campaign. He had the most games in NBA history with 30-plus points and 15-plus assists (seven).

It’s crazy to think that, despite everything mentioned above, Harden will miss out on the MVP but that could very well be the case. Such is life when you’re going up against the freak of nature that is Russell Westbrook.

Have your say in the comments. Who’s your pick for MVP?

2016-17 NBA Most Valuable Player Award Odds

Odds as of June 26 at Bovada

  • Russell Westbrook -5000
  • James Harden +600
  • Kawhi Leonard +3300

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A month ago the NBA MVP race was as close as it’s been in quite some time, but as the calendar reaches late March it’s all but over according to one sportsbook.

Houston Rockets point guard James Harden has become the -175 favorite to win the hardware at Bovada, with Russell Westbrook (+120), Kawhi Leonard (+650), LeBron James (+1200) and Isaiah Thomas (+10000) all available in plus-money. In mid-February both players were -110 co-faves.

While Westbrook is having an unbelievable season, Harden deserves the recognition, in my eyes. Harden has posted 19 triple-doubles on the year and he also has 25 games of at least 30 points and 10 assists, the most since Hall of Famer Nate Archibald recorded 46 such games during the 1972-73 campaign. As of this writing, the Arizona State product was averaging 29.4 points, 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds per game.

“I don’t know how many examples [to win the MVP] you need there,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters after Houston’s 125-124 triumph over the Denver Nuggets on March 20. “He gives you an example every night. If something’s better out there, I’ve never seen it and I’ve been around. I’m old and I’ve been around and never seen anything better.”

The biggest difference between Harden and Westbrook isn’t their individual stats, it’s the success of their teams. While Westbrook has done a great job of leading the Thunder in the post-Kevin Durant era, Harden’s impact on the Rockets cannot be overstated. Houston is firmly entrenched in the No. 3 spot in the Western Conference at 49-22, 5 ½ games above the Utah Jazz as of March 24.

Anything can happen in this league, so I’m not ready to say the MVP race is over yet. Do you think Russ stands a chance? Or has Harden already staked his claim to the throne? Have your say in the comments.

2016-17 NBA Most Valuable Player Award Odds

Odds as of March 24 at Bovada

  • James Harden -175
  • Russell Westbrook +120
  • Kawhi Leonard +650
  • LeBron James +1200
  • Isaiah Thomas +10000

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The NBA Most Valuable Player Award race is the tightest it's been in quite some time, as a pair of superstars from Houston and Oklahoma City are neck and neck with a month and a half remaining in the 2016-17 campaign.

James Harden is the lone -150 favorite to claim the bragging rights at Bovada, with Russell Westbrook (+120), LeBron James (+600), Kawhi Leonard (+1600) and Isaiah Thomas (+2000) listed as the only other players with a chance of eclipsing the dynamic duo.

Westbrook and Harden have flip-flopped recently, as Westbrook was the lone MVP fave in January before Harden passed him in early February. With a quarter of the season remaining, let's lay out the case for both men to win the award.

The case for Harden

Harden has never been the league MVP, but his ascent to stardom really has been something to behold over the years. While Harden's 28.8 points per game trails Thomas (29.6) and Westbrook (31.2), his team is having an unprecedented amount of success after suffering through a down year in 2015-16.

The Arizona State product was given the reins to the offense like never before under new offensive-minded head coach Mike D'Antoni, and he's become the NBA leader in assists per game (11.3) as a result. Harden has posted at least seven dimes in every game he's played in this season, which is especially noteworthy when you recall the past criticisms against him of being a selfish player.

The rise of the Rockets (and the likely high playoff seeding they'll obtain) gives Harden the edge in the MVP race, in my opinion, but don't forget that he's also posted a better field goal percentage, 3-point percentage and free-throw percentage than Westbrook.

The case for Westbrook

When superstar small forward Kevin Durant departed OKC for greener pastures in Oakland last summer, the Thunder were left with just one franchise player. Westbrook, who hasn't been shy about his disdain for his ex-teammate, responded by committing long term to the team in the form of a three-year contract extension that could potentially be worth north of $85 million. While Durant was labeled as a traitor overnight, Westbrook became a folk hero.

It's no secret that the Thunder would be a lottery team without the 28-year-old, and many people in NBA circles didn't expect them to even make the playoffs this season. But at 35-28, Oklahoma City is sitting comfortably as the seventh seed in the Western Conference with the postseason on the horizon.

Westbrook's worth to his team combined with the freakish athleticism and gaudy numbers will make him an MVP candidate for years. If Westbrook's current averages of 31.2 points, 10.6 boards and 10.2 assists hold, he'll be the first player to average a triple-double since Oscar Robertson. Doing what no one's done in over 50 years could play a major impact in the voters' minds when it comes time to decide the MVP.

Who are you backing: Harden or Westbrook? Let us know in the comment section below.

2016-17 NBA Most Valuable Player Award Odds

Odds as of March 6 at Bovada

  • James Harden -150
  • Russell Westbrook +120
  • LeBron James +600
  • Kawhi Leonard +1600
  • Isaiah Thomas +2000

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It took a little over three months, but the man they call The Beard has become the new odds-on favorite to win the 2016-17 NBA Most Valuable Player Award.

James Harden is the -110 front-runner to garner the hardware at Bovada, with Russell Westbrook (+125), LeBron James (+1100), Kawhi Leonard (+1200) and Kevin Durant (+1200) behind him. This is the first time since the campaign tipped off in late October that Westbrook hasn’t been the favorite.

Last week Harden became the first player in NBA history to post multiple 50-point triple-doubles in a single season after he piled up 51 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists in Houston's 123-118 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. It was the 27-year-old’s 14th triple-double of the season and pushed his averages to 29.1 points (tied for second in the NBA), 11.6 assists (first) and 8.2 rebounds (third among guards).

Harden’s first year as a point guard in Mike D’Antoni’s high-flying system has been an overwhelming success. The Rockets are the third-best team in the Western Conference at 36-16 and will soon eclipse their projected regular season win total of 44 thanks to an offense that emphasizes the importance of the 3-point shot more than any other team in the league.

That’s not to say Westbrook has been a slouch, though. The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar has notched six triple-doubles in his last eight games and leads the Association with 30.7 points per game. Westbrook is on pace to become just the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double throughout the duration of an entire season.

Barring injury, it’s tough to foresee James, Leonard or Durant catching the aforementioned duo in the MVP race. Harden and Westbrook have separated themselves from the pack as the calendar turns to February, and it’s a virtual toss-up as to which man will capture the individual honor at this point.

2016-17 NBA Most Valuable Player Award Odds

Odds as of February 1 at Bovada

  • James Harden -110
  • Russell Westbrook +125
  • LeBron James +1100
  • Kawhi Leonard +1200
  • Kevin Durant +1200

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With the abundance of star power in the modern NBA, the right to call yourself an MVP is more impressive than ever. When it comes to odds lists, the one-man wrecking crew in Oklahoma City is still the clear favorite in the eyes of oddsmakers.

Russell Westbrook now sits at even money to win the hardware at Bovada, while James Harden (+160), LeBron James (+550), Kawhi Leonard (+900), Kevin Durant (+1100), Stephen Curry (+2200), Anthony Davis (+3000), Chris Paul (+5000), DeMar DeRozan (+5000) and Damian Lillard (+6600) are in the hunt as well.

Westbrook’s chances have been lowered since late November when he was available for a price of +200. Harden was listed at +500 back then. Needless to say, it’s clear you should hop aboard the train right now and get your wagers in if you firmly believe either of the aforementioned two men will be crowned MVP at the end of the year, as one of the two will very likely dip into minus-money soon.

As of January 5, Westbrook was averaging an NBA-leading 30.9 points, 10.5 assists and 10.5 rebounds per game while shooting 42.4 percent from the field and 31.6 from downtown. Comparatively, Harden was averaging 28.4 points, 11.9 assists and 8.2 boards while going 44.5 percent from the floor and 35.6 from deep.

But the biggest trend working in Harden’s favor is the success of his team. Westbrook is putting up eye-popping numbers in OKC, but his teammates have struggled to follow his lead. Paced by Harden, the Rockets went a blistering 15-2 in December and have won 16 of their last 18 games ahead of a tilt with the Thunder on January 6.

If Harden and the Rockets can keep up this torrid pace throughout the remainder of the campaign, the Arizona State product may get more love from MVP voters due to the surprising overall achievements of his squad. After all, it isn’t only individual statistics that make a true MVP. The importance and impact to a team is equally as significant for the voting committee.

Take a look at the book’s full list of odds here:

2016-17 NBA Most Valuable Player Award Odds

Odds as of January 5 at Bovada

  • Russell Westbrook (OKC) EVEN
  • James Harden (HOU) +160
  • LeBron James (CLE) +550
  • Kawhi Leonard (SAN) +900
  • Kevin Durant (GSW) +1100
  • Stephen Curry (GSW) +2200
  • Anthony Davis (NO) +3000
  • Chris Paul (LAC) +5000
  • DeMar DeRozan (TOR) +5000
  • Damian Lillard (POR) +6600
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) +8000
  • Jimmy Butler (CHI) +8000
  • Isaiah Thomas (BOS) +10000
  • Kyle Lowry (TOR) +10000
  • John Wall (WAS) +15000
  • DeMarcus Cousins (SAC) +15000

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The 2016-17 NBA campaign is still young, but the Most Valuable Player talk never stops. Hoops bettors looking to get in on some action need look no further than Sports Interaction.

Russell Westbrook is the overwhelming +200 favorite at the shop, while James Harden (+500), Kawhi Leonard (+600), LeBron James (+700), Stephen Curry (+750), Kevin Durant (+1200), Damian Lillard (+1200), Anthony Davis (+1200), Chris Paul (+1500) and DeMar DeRozan (+2000) round out the top 10.

Westbrook has been making NBA arenas his own personal playground this year. The dynamic point guard has been thriving without Durant, averaging 31.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 9.8 assists through 12 games. Westbrook and Harden lead the Association in triple-doubles with three apiece.

Before the season I wrote about how Westbrook could be set for a historic season, and he’s lived up to the hype so far. The +200 price doesn’t present a ton of value, but it’s only going to shrink throughout the year barring an injury.

Leonard was my personal MVP pick before the season tipped off, and his price has since fallen from +1000 to +600. He was already considered the best two-way player in the league, but he’s taken his game to new heights this year. The sky is the limit, which means he’ll likely get MVP bragging rights sooner rather than later.

The biggest surprise is DeRozan at +2000. The Toronto Raptors shooting guard leads the NBA in points per game (33.3), and he’s scored at least 32 points in nine of 11 tilts. It remains to be seen if he can keep up this red-hot pace – his previous season high was 23.5 PPG in 2015-16 – but taking a shot at him at the current price could create some big payouts.

Take a look at the book’s full odds list here. Who are you putting your money on?

2016-17 NBA Most Valuable Player Award Odds

Odds as of November 18 at Sports Interaction

  • Russell Westbrook +200
  • James Harden +500
  • Kawhi Leonard +600
  • LeBron James +700
  • Stephen Curry +750
  • Kevin Durant +1200
  • Damian Lillard +1200
  • Anthony Davis +1200
  • Chris Paul +1500
  • DeMar DeRozan +2000
  • Blake Griffin +4000
  • Kyrie Irving +5000
  • Paul George +5000
  • DeMarcus Cousins +5000
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo +5000
  • Karl-Anthony Towns +6600
  • Isaiah Thomas +9000
  • LaMarcus Aldridge +9000
  • Carmelo Anthony +9000
  • Jimmy Butler +9000
  • Kyle Lowry +9000
  • John Wall +10000

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When it comes to NBA Most Valuable Player Award wagering at sportsbooks, Russell Westbrook is separating himself from the pack.

The dynamic Oklahoma City point guard is a +200 favorite to claim the hardware at Bovada. Stephen Curry (+450), LeBron James (+450), Kevin Durant (+1000), Anthony Davis (+1000), Kawhi Leonard (+1000), James Harden (+1000), Paul George (+2200), Blake Griffin (+3300) and Damian Lillard (+3300) are also in the running.

After sharing the ball with Durant for seven years, Westbrook is going to be a one-man highlight reel now that he’s the lone superstar in OKC. In July, I analyzed why Westbrook could be in line to have the greatest statistical individual season of all-time, which you can read here.

If you’re looking for sleeper value, consider Leonard. He has become the quiet leader in the ever-steady San Antonio Spurs system, and he already has an NBA championship, Finals MVP, all-star selection and two Defensive Player of the Year Awards on his trophy shelf at the age of 25.

Recently, it was reported that Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge was unhappy playing second fiddle to Leonard, which could lead to a trade out of San Antonio. Losing Aldridge may hurt the Spurs as a whole, but it would increase Leonard’s already sky-high efficiency.

Harden at +1600 is another intriguing option for sports bettors. Newly named Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni announced Harden will start the season as the team’s point guard, and that’s a scary thought for the rest of the league. Sure, he gets criticized for his lackluster defense, but Harden has increased his points per game every year since entering the league in 2009 and I expect him to eclipse the 30 PPG mark in 2016-17.

Take a look at the shop’s full list of odds. Where are you putting your money?

2016-17 NBA Most Valuable Player Award Odds

Odds as of October 20 at Bovada

  • Russell Westbrook +200
  • Stephen Curry +450
  • LeBron James +450
  • Kevin Durant +1000
  • Anthony Davis +1000
  • Kawhi Leonard +1000
  • James Harden +1000
  • Paul George +2200
  • Blake Griffin +3300
  • Damian Lillard +3300
  • Kyrie Irving +3300
  • DeMarcus Cousins +4000
  • Chris Paul +3300
  • Carmelo Anthony +3300
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo +4000
  • Karl-Anthony Towns +3300
  • Draymond Green +6000
  • John Wall +6000
  • Isaiah Thomas +6600
  • Kyle Lowry +6600
  • LaMarcus Aldridge +10000
  • Dwyane Wade +10000
  • DeMar DeRozan +10000
  • Hassan Whiteside +10000
  • Jimmy Butler +10000
  • Derrick Rose +10000
  • Andre Drummond +12500
  • Andrew Wiggins +12500
  • Bradley Beal +12500
  • Kevin Love +17500
  • Gordon Hayward +17500
  • Dwight Howard +20000
  • Kristaps Porzingis +30000
  • Brandon Ingram +30000
  • Dirk Nowitzki +30000
  • Ben Simmons +30000

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The NBA offseason is never short on drama, and the summer of 2016 hasn’t been any different. Numerous big names have changed teams, friendships were ended and new rivals were formed. When it comes to gauging who’s going to run away with the 2016-17 Most Valuable Player Award, one book is banking on it being a certain point guard from Oklahoma City.

Russell Westbrook is the +200 favorite to win the hardware at Bovada. Westbrook, who recently re-upped with the Thunder to stay in OKC for another three years, will be a one man show now that ex-Thunder superstar Kevin Durant has bolted to Golden State.

Stephen Curry (+200), LeBron James (+500), Kevin Durant (+1200), Anthony Davis (+1600), Kawhi Leonard (+1600), James Harden (+1600), Paul George (+2200), Blake Griffin (+2800) and Damien Lillard (+2800) round out the top 10 at the shop.

It really isn’t much of a shock to see Westbrook so high on this list. The five-time all-star has everything to prove in the wake of Durant’s departure, and he’s already put up eye-popping numbers in past seasons without Durant on the floor. In July, I analyzed how Westbrook could be on pace to have the greatest statistical individual season of all-time, which you can read here.

The two-time reigning MVP, Curry will be in tough to do it again this year. While the Warriors undoubtedly have the most talented roster in the NBA, it’s going to take some time for them to jell, and that means Curry’s usage will surely trend downwards since he’s going to share the ball with Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Durant.

This is a tough one to call. Do you think Russ is going to run away with the MVP Award, or is there value elsewhere? Let us know in the comments.

2016-17 NBA MVP Odds

Odds as of August 15 at Bovada

  • Russell Westbrook +200
  • Stephen Curry +400
  • LeBron James +500
  • Kevin Durant +1200
  • Anthony Davis +1600
  • Kawhi Leonard +1600
  • James Harden +1600
  • Paul George +2200
  • Blake Griffin +2800
  • Damien Lilard +2800
  • Kyrie Irving +3300
  • DeMarcus Cousins +3300
  • Chris Paul +3300
  • Carmelo Anthony +3300
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo +3300
  • Karl Anthony Towns +5000
  • Draymond Green +5000
  • John Wall +5000
  • Isaiah Thomas +6600
  • Kyle Lowry +6600
  • laMarcus Aldridge +10000
  • Dwyane Wade +10000
  • DeMar DeRozan +10000
  • Hassan Whiteside +10000
  • Jimmy Butler +10000
  • Derrick Rose +10000
  • Andre Drummond +12500
  • Andrew Wiggins +12500
  • Bradley Beal +12500
  • Kevin Love +17500
  • Gordon Hayward +17500
  • Dwight Howard +20000
  • Kristaps Porzingis +30000
  • Brandon Ingram +30000
  • Dirk Nowitzki +30000
  • Ben Simmons +30000

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In professional basketball, one player can take over a game and completely dictate the play on his own. That’s why the NBA Most Valuable Player Award is such an illustrious distinction.

When it comes to betting the NBA MVP for the 2016-17 season, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is the +350 favorite at Bovada. Russell Westbrook and LeBron James are right behind him at +400, while Kevin Durant (+800), Anthony Davis (+1400), Kawhi Leonard (+1600), James Harden (+1600), Paul George (+2200), Blake Griffin (+2200) and Damian Lillard (+2800) are further back.

Curry is a two-time winner of the award, having captured the hardware in each of the last two seasons. Many hoops pundits believe the point guard is on pace to be the best shooter in the history of the NBA, and it’s a fair argument. The Warriors are loaded with talent, but Curry is the straw that stirs the drink. A three-peat is certainly not out of the question.

When it comes to Westbrook and James, I’m picking an angry Westbrook all day. The dynamic guard recently saw his longtime partner in crime Kevin Durant depart for California, so a monster season will almost surely take place in Oklahoma City. Without Durant around, Westbrook could be on pace for a historic season.

Davis at +1400 looks like incredible value to me. The Kentucky product was a trendy pick to become MVP last season but proceeded to have the worst year of his professional career. Davis is still only 23, so expect him to bounce back in a big way in 2016-17.

Here’s a look at the book’s full list of odds.

2016-17 NBA MVP Odds

Odds as of July 28 at Bovada

  • Stephen Curry +350
  • Russell Westbrook +400
  • LeBron James +400
  • Kevin Durant +800
  • Anthony Davis +1400
  • Kawhi Leonard +1600
  • James Harden +1600
  • Paul George +2200
  • Blake Griffin +2200
  • Damian Lillard +2800
  • Kyrie Irving +3300
  • DeMarcus Cousins +3300
  • Chris Paul +3300
  • Carmelo Anthony +3300
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo +3300
  • Karl Anthony Towns +5000
  • Draymond Green +5000
  • John Wall +5000
  • Isaiah Thomas +6600
  • Kyle Lowry +6600
  • LaMarcus Aldridge +6600
  • Dwyane Wade +6600
  • DeMar DeRozan +7500
  • Hassan Whiteside +7500
  • Jimmy Butler +10000
  • Andre Drummond +12500
  • Andrew Wiggins +12500
  • Bradley Beal +12500
  • Kevin Love +17500
  • Gordon Hayward +17500
  • Derrick Rose +17500
  • Dwight Howard +20000
  • Kristaps Porzingis +30000
  • Brandon Ingram +30000
  • Dirk Nowitzki +30000
  • Ben Simmons +30000

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What more is there to say about Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry that hasn’t been said already? NBA writers are running out of terms to describe the all-world sharpshooter, and oddsmakers are clearly protecting themselves in the extremely likely event that he captures the Most Valuable Player Award for the second time in as many years.

At Bovada, Curry is a heavy -400 favorite to once again take home the hardware. The 27-year-old is putting up eye-popping averages of 29.4 points, 6.5 assists and 5.2 boards per game while shooting 51 percent from the field and 45 from deep. To put that into perspective, Curry won the 2014-15 award with 23.8 PPG. Stephen Curry may be a robot, but the jury’s still out on that.

Cleveland’s LeBron James (+900), San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard (+1400) and Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant (+1500) have the next likeliest chances at the shop. Leonard is the newcomer to this conversation, however, anyone who’s even briefly watched the Spurs can understand why he’s on the list. Leonard has established himself as one of the best defenders in the league while becoming a dominant force on offense, making San Antonio fans feel safe with the future of the franchise resting on his shoulders.

A crown for the King?

James’ numbers (24.9 points, 6.4 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game) are down from last season, but the Cavs still remain atop of the vastly improved Eastern Conference despite operating as a soap opera off the court for the majority of the campaign. Bron Bron is a four-time MVP winner, but it’s going to take a huge collapse from Curry for him to claim the bragging rights again.

Is Durant being undervalued?

Durant is having a fine season in what’s been a fantastic bounce-back year for the Thunder. The two headed monster of KD and Russell Westbrook have done a great job ignoring the rumors swirling about Durant’s pending free agency, as the pair are once again operating as the best one-two punch in the Association. Durant’s odds may be long, but bettors looking for value would be hard pressed to find a better candidate than the Slim Reaper for this prop.

Here’s a look at the book’s full list of odds.

2015-16 NBA MVP Odds

Odds as of February 2 at Bovada

  • Stephen Curry -400
  • LeBron James +900
  • Kawhi Leonard +1400
  • Kevin Durant +1500
  • Draymond Green +2500
  • James Harden +2500
  • Russell Westbrook +2500
  • Paul George +2500
  • Anthony Davis +4000

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Can anyone stop Stephen Curry? The Golden State Warriors sharpshooter has picked up where he left off in last year’s championship-winning season and is posting some gaudy numbers in 2015-16, causing online sportsbook Bovada to make him the odds-on favorite to win the Most Valuable Player Award for the second time in as many years.

Curry - who’s currently -200 to win the award at the shop - was +600 before the season, which all but means the value is already gone for bettors who aren’t looking to lay some heavy chalk on the point guard.

One pleasant surprise this year has been the triumphant return of Paul George. George missed almost all of the 2014-15 campaign due to a leg injury but has rebounded in a big way and is on pace to eclipse his career-highs in points, assists and rebounds per game. The 25-year-old was a +5000 long shot to capture the hardware prior the season but has since been lowered all the way to +1500 – a decent price for anyone looking to get on the George train now before his odds drop even more.

Take a look at the sportsbook’s updated list of odds here.

2015-16 NBA MVP Odds

Odds as of December 2 at Bovada

  • Stephen Curry -400
  • LeBron James +900
  • Kawhi Leonard +1400
  • Kevin Durant +1500
  • Draymond Green +2500
  • James Harden +2500
  • Russell Westbrook +2500
  • Paul George +2500
  • Anthony Davis +4000

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Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Stephen Curry had a dream season last year, getting crowned the NBA's Most Valuable Player en route to capturing a championship on one of the greatest teams the league has seen in quite some time.

But despite that success, Bovada has tabbed Curry with the fourth likeliest shot to repeat as MVP. Unsurprisingly, four-time MVP LeBron James is currently the +275 favorite to win with New Orleans Pelicans phenom Anthony Davis (+400) and Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant (+550) coming in just after "King James."

2015-16 NBA MVP Odds

Odds as of October 14 at Bovada

  • LeBron James +275
  • Anthony Davis +400
  • Kevin Durant +550
  • Stephen Curry +600
  • James Harden +700
  • Russell Westbrook +1200
  • Chris Paul +1600
  • Blake Griffin +2000
  • LaMarcus Aldridge +3300
  • Derrick Rose +3300
  • Kawhi Leonard +3500
  • Carmelo Anthony +5000
  • John Wall +5000
  • Klay Thompson +5000
  • Kevin Love +5000
  • Paul George +5000
  • Jimmy Butler +6600
  • Dwight Howard +6600
  • Demarcus Cousins +6600
  • Kyrie Irving +7500
  • Dwyane Wade +8000
  • Marc Gasol +8000
  • Chris Bosh +10000
  • Damian Lillard +10000
  • Pau Gasol +10000
  • Jeff Teague +10000
  • Paul Millsap +10000
  • Tony Parker +10000
  • Kobe Bryant +10000
  • DeMar DeRozan +10000
  • Bradley Beal +15000
  • Victor Oladipo +15000
  • DeAndre Jordan +15000
  • Joakim Noah +15000
  • Andrew Wiggins +15000
  • Draymond Green +20000
  • Andre Drummond +20000
  • Eric Bledsoe +20000
  • Nikola Vucevic +20000
  • Reggie Jackson +20000
  • Zach Randolph +20000
  • Brook Lopez +20000
  • Chandler Parsons +20000
  • Goran Dragic +20000
  • Gordon Hayward +20000
  • Ricky Rubio +20000
  • Serge Ibaka +20000
  • Al Jefferson +20000
  • Brandon Jennings +20000
  • Deron Williams +20000
  • Dirk Nowitzki +20000
  • Jabari Parker +20000
  • Jonas Valanciunas +20000
  • Kyle Lowry +20000
  • Michael Carter-Williams +20000
  • Nerlens Noel +20000
  • Tim Duncan +20000

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