2015 NBA Season: MVP Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 10/22/15
October 22, 2015
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With the 2015 NBA season just days away from tipping off, it’s time to take a quick look at some of the MVP candidates. Of course, LeBron James and Stephen Curry are the favorites to take home the award, but from a wagering perspective, there is better value out there on some of the other names.
Here are some NBA MVP dark horses you should consider this season.
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John Wall - John Wall is probably my favorite MVP sleeper this season, and you can get him with odds of up to +5000. Wall really started to turn the corner in last year’s playoffs and is coming off a season in which he averaged a double-double. Wall also shot 44.5 percent from the field, which was a career high for him. At just 25 years old, Wall is getting better and better and is finally ready to become the leader of a talented Washington Wizards team. Wall could easily become a top-10 player in the league this season and if the Wizards are able to become a top-four team in the East, he will receive some serious MVP consideration.
Jimmy Butler - Jimmy Butler turned heads last season by becoming a 20-point scorer and somebody who was grabbing six rebounds per game. With Derrick Rose constantly banged up, many would argue that the Chicago Bulls now belong to Butler. If Chicago is going to remain one of the top teams in the East and Rose is going to remain in and out of the lineup, Butler will do a lot of the heavy lifting once again. And now that voters and basketball fans are aware of the 26-year-old and what he’s capable of, it will no longer come as a shock and force some MVP consideration his way. Butler is certainly worth a look with MVP odds of +9000.
Stephen Curry - I usually only include dark horses on these type of articles, but you can’t pass up Stephen Curry with odds of +650. Curry is easily the most exciting player in the NBA and is still the workhorse for the defending champion Golden State Warriors. If the Warriors can come anywhere close to duplicating last year’s success, Curry will again be your NBA MVP. You can do a lot worse than making six times your money by giving one of the Splash Brothers a shot at winning the award for a second straight season.
LaMarcus Aldridge - LaMarcus Aldridge has averaged no worse than 21 points per game the last five seasons and has grabbed 10-plus rebounds the last two years. Aldridge has consistently been one of the better power forwards in the league, the problem is that he played on average Portland teams and wasn’t given the national attention needed to win MVP. Now, Aldridge plays for the San Antonio Spurs and will be shoved down your throat by the national media. This is great for possible MVP consideration. Simply put: if Aldridge can put up the same numbers with the Spurs, and they’re still a top team in the West, he’ll have a great shot at the award. I’ll give +4000 odds a serious look.
Chris Paul - Take away LeBron James and Kevin Durant, and the last two MVP winners were point guards. Maybe Chris Paul can add to that list. CP3 has consistently been one of the faces of the NBA and has averaged a double-double in back-to-back seasons. The problem is that the Clippers have yet to take that next step and are always in the middle of the pack in a competitive Western Conference. Not the case anymore. The Clippers now have a bench, which should add more victories to the record, and that always helps with an MVP resume. Paul could benefit a lot like Curry last season now that his team appears ready to turn the corner. I’ll bite with odds of +2500.