Denver Nuggets forward Nikola Jokic took home the 2020-21 NBA MVP award after a standout campaign that saw him lead the Nuggets to the third seed in the Western Conference without fellow star Jamal Murray. Jokic was one of only three players in the league to finish in the top 15 in points per game and average a double-double.
While injuries to LeBron James, Joel Embiid and others may have skewed the voting last season, the Joker was certainly a worthy recipient of the MVP award after starting the season as a +3000 long shot.
This season, the list of potential NBA MVPs has narrowed to essentially a two-man race at this point with Embiid leading the way at -150, followed by none other than Jokic, again, at +110 over at BetUS.
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Who Is Favored To Win The 2021-22 NBA MVP?
Odds as of March 29 at BetUS
NBA MVP Odds: Best Bet
Nikola Jokic (+110)
We hope you bet on Jokic in early January when he was listed at +1400, because a lot of that value has vanished as sportsbooks have caught on to how impressive this man has been again this season.
With Jamal Murray still out after his ACL tear back in April of last year, Jokic is once again carrying his team on his back. Jokic is averaging slightly fewer points (26.3 vs 26.4) but more rebounds (13.6 vs 10.8) than he did in his MVP campaign, and no other player on the Nuggets is even averaging 15 points.
The Joker has also boosted his steals, blocks and field-goal percentage from last season and is taking and hitting more three-pointers than in any other season of his career.
Jokic is one of only two players in the league averaging more than 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists per night and is averaging more assists and rebounds than the other guy (Giannis). In fact, Jokic is second in the entire league in rebounds per game at the moment (13.6) and eighth in assists per game (8.0). He is 10th in scoring (26.3 ppg), which is likely the only thing holding him back from winning NBA MVP.
Embiid (-150) is getting all the headlines and is second in the league in points per game with 29.9, but Jokic is still averaging more rebounds, assists and steals this season, has a much better field-goal percentage and has a better net rating and offensive rating.
While Embiid is still the favorite, Jokic’s odds have moved from +145 to +110 in the last couple of weeks, so the momentum is building for an upset. He’ll need a strong finish.
How To Read NBA MVP Odds
When you visit your NBA betting site of choice, you’ll notice 2021-22 NBA MVP odds laid out like this:
Unlike a moneyline bet where favorites are shown by the minus sign (-) and underdogs have a plus sign (+), the player with the lowest odds with the plus sign (+) is the fave. In this scenario, it’s Luka Doncic. If you were to bet $100 on Doncic in NBA MVP betting odds and it hits, you would win $500 – your $100 is returned and you would get +400 in profit.
If you were to bet on which player will be named MVP, you would make a futures bet.
What Is A Futures Bet?
This is a bet made on events that will happen in time. In this case, it’s MVP. To make a futures bet you would first use the handicapping info on this page to make your decision. Our Odds Calculator can give you an idea of how much you’d win based on the MVP odds and the amount of money you bet.
NBA MVP FAQ
How is the NBA MVP awarded?
The NBA Most Valuable Player award is given to the player who is considered the best player in the league for that season while also meaning the most to his team. It is a regular-season award and does not take into account playoff performance or past season performances. The award is voted on by a panel of basketball writers after the season concludes.
Who is the favorite to win NBA MVP?
The favorite to win NBA MVP for the 2021-22 regular season is Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid. He is followed on the oddsboard by Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Ja Morant.
Who won NBA MVP last season?
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic won the NBA MVP award for the 2020-21 regular season. He currently has +400 odds to win the award for a second consecutive season.
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