2016-17 NBA MVP Prop Bet Odds, Prediction, Dark Horse, Pick
NBA MVP Predictions
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After power ranking the teams entering the preseason and looking at some dark horse champion picks, it’s time to look at NBA MVP odds. There’s always some great value out there and a few guys flying under the radar who are worth a few dollars based on the odds.
Of course, with future and prop bets, I always try to get more bang for my buck and go for longer odds to make the long term investment worth it.
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Here are five players who are worth consideration for your card when handicapping the 2016-17 NBA MVP.
LeBron James - It may have been three years since LeBron James won the MVP, but he’s won the award four of the last eight years. After last years NBA Finals, it’s quite clear he’s still the best player in the world and is arguably the most valuable player every season based on how much he does for his team. LeBron makes a strong case to win this award every year and is by far the most consistent player who has never had a serious injury to damper his chances. LeBron may be one of the favorites, but you can still get him with odds of +450, which is good enough for me.
James Harden - Just a couple of years ago James Harden finished second in the MVP voting and was actually voted by the players to win the award. Harden has improved his scoring average the last three seasons and is coming off a career-high of 2.9 made threes per game. Now that he has a great offensive mind in head coach Mike D'Antoni, Harden could possibly have his best season yet on that side of the court. If the Rockets end up being a historic offensive team, The Beard is once again worthy of hosting this individual trophy. Harden is definitely worth some change with odds of +1800.
Dwight Howard - One of the long shots worthy of a look is Dwight Howard and odds of +20000. Howard is consistently a great defensive player and has earned awards to back that up, but now he has a chance to return to the player we saw in Orlando. Dennis Schroder will be the best point guard Howard has ever played with and will allow him to thrive offensively. Howard is also playing for his hometown team, so he should feel comfortable and eager to prove himself. Keep in mind, Howard is still just 30 years old and has great basketball left in him. I see Howard having a bounce back season and if the Atlanta Hawks do well in the East, he could get serious consideration for the MVP.
Chris Paul - The Los Angeles Clippers are loaded with talent and are looking at this as really their best and last chance to win the NBA Finals. Not only is everybody healthy and there’s added depth to the roster, but Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Reddick are free agents at the end of the season. It’s time to show and prove. CP3 is the Clippers leader and has been one of the more consistent players in the NBA the last five years or so. If the Clippers fulfill their potential and make a serious run for an NBA crown like I think they will, Paul could become the first Clippers’ player to win the MVP. Odds of +4000 are worth a stab.
Paul George - There was a point last season when Paul George made a strong case to win the MVP. The Golden State Warriors winning 73 games kind of rained on that parade. Still, George is coming off probably the best season of his career in which he averaged 23.1 points, seven rebounds, 4.1 assists and shot 37.1 percent from beyond the arc. PG13 is now in his prime at 26 years old and appears to be hungry since returning from his freakish injury. If the Indiana Pacers end up being a surprise team in the East this season and George puts up another ridiculous stat line, he’ll make a strong argument for the award. Give me George and odds of +2200.