Interested in NBA props picks for the MVP Award? All eyes will be on LeBron James this season, but this basketball betting adviser wants to make sure you are aware of all the top contenders.
1. LeBron James: NBA Odds: +140
With James, you know that barring some freakish injury, he’s going to be in contention. He’s won four of the last six MVP awards and even the two seasons he missed out, he finished second and third. That’s impressive.
The Cavs are one of the main stories in the NBA this season and if they go from missing the playoffs completely to being a Championship contender – as many expect them to do – then James is going to be the center of attention for the MVP award. What will also help his case is that the Miami Heat should tumble down the standings now that James has left for Cleveland. James is the best choice for this props bet.
2. Kevin Durant: NBA Odds: +180
Durant should play second fiddle this year but it is possible he wins back-to-back MVP awards. It’ll be hard for him to top anything that he did last season whereas James will be taking a new team to new heights. It’s an uphill battle for Durant. However, he’s the best pure scorer in the game and the Oklahoma City Thunder should be one of the best teams in the NBA again. He’ll be within arm’s reach of James when the final votes come in and if he repeats his numbers from a season ago (32.0 PPG, 7.4 PPG and 5.5 APG) he’ll be in contention. He’d still need James to have significantly worse statistics or to somehow hope that the Cavs Big Three split the vote. Unlikely but it is possible.
3. Derrick Rose: NBA Odds: +1800
Rose is an intriguing choice because 18/1 is great value for a player that’s previously won this award. Truth be told, if the Bulls win the Eastern Conference and Rose plays is the reason for it, he’ll have a great case. The challenge is that we don’t know how healthy he is right now and whether his knee can handle a full season. Playing 60-65 won’t win him an MVP award.
However, if Coach Mike Krzyzewski wasn’t just blowing smoke when he said Derrick Rose looked as good as ever at the FIBA tournament and if Rose can approach his MVP numbers in 2010-11 (25 PPG, 7.7 APG, 4.1 RPG and 1.0 SPG), he’ll be in contention.
Don’t Bet: Kobe Bryant
Even if he’s fantastic, the Lakers aren’t doing anything this season. He has a horrible cast around him and he would need ungodly stats to win the MVP award if this team missed the playoffs or exited in the first round. At 36-years-old coming off a serious injury, it’s not happening.
Don’t Bet: Blake Griffin/Chris Paul
This is a dynamic duo but they will split any vote. Both are equally valuable to the Los Angeles Clippers, so don’t risk your money placing a NBA pick on them here.