Stars from all across the NBA are already off to hot starts on the hardwood. But, which players will be in the running late in the season to win the 2021-22 MVP Award? In previous years, stars like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and more have taken home the honours.
Moving forward, you know there’s going to be plenty of competition, as the best players in the league are always ready to battle it out for the top individual award there is.
The NBA betting odds are fluctuating as guys have been putting together huge performances since the NBA restarted. We’ve assessed the latest 2022 NBA MVP odds and made our decision. So, who will be the NBA MVP?
Congratulations to the 2021 MVP
Congratulations to Nikola Jokic on winning the 2021 NBA MVP!
Who’s the favourite to be the MVP at the moment?
The 2022 NBA MVP betting odds are now available. The odds are subject to change and will be updated accordingly, so be sure to check back with this page for the most up-to-date information. The odds were last updated on May 23, 2022:
Luka Doncic is once again playing like a true MVP candidate. If the Mavs make it to the Playoffs this year and Rick Carlisle’s team is playing with the attacking flair they are cable of, it’ll tee up Luka for the award in 2022. He has quickly established himself as one of the best players in the league and continues to impress. Luka is ahead as the number one favorite at 5.00 across most major bookmakers.
You’re not given the nickname ‘The Greek Freak’ without being an absolute monster on the court. For Milwaukee Bucks big man Giannis Antetokounmpo, he’s handled the majority of his competition with ease. Two seasons ago, he was named MVP after averaging 29.5 points and 13.6 rebounds per game.
Yup, that will most certainly get the job done. Now, he’s once again off to a hot start for the Bucks and is the favourite to win MVP. He holds the fourth-highest NBA MVP odds at 9.00. He’s not the only one in the running, though, to finish the season as the best NBA player.
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Predictions at the start of the 2021-22 season
While winning back-to-back MVPs is no easy task, Antetokounmpo managed that feat and took the hardware back home to his family back home in Greece for the second year in a row. The 26-year-old Athens native has Milwaukee in outstanding form early on this year and the Bucks figure to be in the Eastern Conference Finals mix later this season.
Over in the Western Conference, you can’t deny just how loaded teams are with high-level players. It sure says something when LeBron James isn’t even in the top three of the NBA MVP odds early on in the campaign.
Jokic won the honour last years, and he appears to only be getting better. His step-back 3-pointer is nearly impossible to defend, which has Nigget’s NBA Finals odds increasing with each game.
Over in Dallas, Doncic has brought back tremendous excitement for Maverick fans. Let’s see if they can round out the roster. Having a right-handed man will only open things up for Doncic, potentially boosting his chances of winning MVP.
NBA MVP Betting
When preparing to make your bets on who you think will win the NBA MVP, it’s always important to do some key research. Regardless of the conference, there’s always going to be at least 4-5 star players who will be among the favourites to be named MVP.
However, late in the season, it’s often not too difficult to be able to separate a player from the pack. It really doesn’t matter if they end up being on an NBA Finals team either. Remember, there are NBA Finals MVP odds available when the time course around! Time and time again, we’ve seen players who haven’t ended up raising the Larry O’Brien Trophy in June go on to win the MVP award.
Do MVPs have to be on championship teams?
While getting to the NBA Finals is obviously the main goal for any player, it doesn’t make or break your MVP chances. It helps your team to be going on a successful run, but the champion doesn’t always hold the regular season MVP.
For example, The Greek Freak won MVP last year, but the Raptors ended up winning the NBA Finals. The year before, James Harden was named MVP with Houston, but the Golden State Warriors defeated LeBron James and the Cavs in the Finals.
It really comes down to who is standing out the most. Points, rebounds, assists and more all come into play. When Russell Westbrook was MVP in 2017, he broke the NBA’s record with 42 triple-doubles in a season. A lot of different factors come into play.
Winning back-to-back MVPs is tough to do
While Giannis Antetokounmpo is the favourite to win the MVP this year, winning in two consecutive seasons surely isn’t done often.
Since 2000, four players have accomplished the feat, with LeBron James doing it twice. He’s joined by Tim Duncan, Steve Nash and Steph Curry, who most recently went back-to-back in 2015 and 2016.
Other notable players to win straight MVP awards include Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. While it’s not unheard of, Antetokounmpo will surely have to fend off a lot of top-tier talent to join the star-studded list.
Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, Anthony Davis and others will do everything they can to make sure there’s a new player with the trophy this spring.
Which positions are the most likely to win MVP?
Things aren’t how they used to be in the NBA. Back in the 1970s and 1980s, it was almost a guarantee for either power forwards or centers to be named MVP. However, things have changed of late, with guards and small forwards getting in on the act.
In fact, three of the last four MVP winners have been guards: PG Stephen Curry, PG Russell Westbrook and SG James Harden. Again, it really depends on who’s getting the most done for their team, while lighting up the stat sheet.
Does it matter which conference a star is playing in?
In recent years, the Western Conference has dominated in terms of winning the NBA Finals, but there’s been a pretty even split when it comes to who finishes the year as the league’s MVP.
This doesn’t come as a major shock, simply because the high amount of talent is pretty evenly distributed across both the Western Conference and Eastern Conference. This is another reason why the playoffs are always so tough to figure out each season.
Which teams have produced the most NBA MVPs?
It should come as no surprise, but the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers have produced the most MVPs throughout their history.
The Celtics stand alone at the top, though, with 10 players on their list. The Lakers aren’t too far behind them, however, with eight MVPs to their name. Kobe Bryant was the last Laker to win the award, doing so back in 2008. Surprisingly, that was the only year Bryant was MVP.
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