Our expert looks at the updated NBA odds to win Regular Season MVP to determine if Stephen Curry is a lock to win the award for the second straight year or if other players provide decent betting value.
Is the 2015-16 NBA Regular Season MVP award essentially decided? Is Stephen Curry a lock to repeat as most valuable player or are the NBA odds available for other insanely talented players too juicy to pass up?
Stephen Curry (-150)
It's hard not to back Stephen Curry with our NBA picks to win a second consecutive regular season MVP award as he has been insanely good for a Warriors team that has won 63 of 70 games as of this writing.
Curry has struggled with his shot in the last two games though, making just 10-of-35 overall and 3-of-21 from three-point range combined, but he is still averaging an NBA-best 30.1 points per game, to along with 6.6 assists and 5.4 rebounds, shooting 45.4 percent from beyond the arc (third in the league) and making 5.4 three-pointers per game. Curry will likely take a night off now and then but his numbers will not decrease and he will recover his shooting rhythm. Don't forget that he broke his own record for most three-point shots made in a season after just 58 games.
LeBron James (+600)
LeBron James is quietly putting together another solid season, averaging 24.9 points and 6.6 assists (both team-bests), along with 7.4 rebounds. James has had to carry the Eastern Conference-leading Cavaliers at times, since Kyrie Irving has struggled occasionally and Kevin Love has been sidelined but he hasn't been as explosive as in year's past.
Still, James is second on the list of favorites to win the MVP award at BetOnline and he usually finishes the regular season strong, putting impressive stat lines as he gets ready for the playoffs. James just recorded his second triple-double of the season with 33 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists over 33 minutes in a 124-91 win against the Nuggets.
Russell Westbrook (+600)
This season, Russell Westbrook has been the best point guard not named Stephen Curry. Westbrook is averaging 23.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 7.7 rebounds and he has made everyone around him better, which is what an NBA MVP should be all about. Westbrook had 14 points with 14 assists, 11 rebounds and a steal in 36 minutes during a 115-111 win against the Pacers last Saturday. It was Westbrook's second consecutive triple-double and his third in four games. He leads the NBA with 14 on the season, a total that hasn't been surpassed since the Magic Johnson's days. Oklahoma City has pretty much locked the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. The Thunder currently hold a four-game lead over the Clippers, with 12 games left to play, so we can expect him to keep putting up impressive numbers as long as he stays healthy.
Updated NBA MVP Odds at BetOnline
Stephen Curry -150
LeBron James +600
Russell Westbrook +600
Kevin Durant +800
Kawhi Leonard +2000
James Harden +1200
Paul George +2000