Now that the NBA season is winding down and we are getting closer and closer to the playoffs, our friends over at Bovada have sent us their latest odds.
Although players like Los Angeles Clippers’ point guard Chris Paul and Indiana Pacers’ forward Paul George are worthy contenders, the oddsmakers have unofficially declared the 2013-14 MVP Award as a two-man race, a move in which everyone should agree.
Surprisingly, Miami Heat forward LeBron James, who has been named MVP of the regular season and the NBA Finals in each of the last two seasons and has won four total MVP awards in his career, is no longer the favorite.
Instead, the favorite is Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, the league’s leading scorer. Durant is averaging 31.6 points per game while shooting 50.7% from the field, 39.6% from beyond the arc and 88.0% from the free throw line. He’s also grabbing 7.7 rebounds, dishing out 5.6 assists and recording 1.5 steals per game.
James has some momentum after scoring 61 points in a 124-107 win over the Charlotte Bobcats Monday night. James is averaging 27.5 points per game on 58.3% shooting from the field, 38.4% shooting from three and 74.6% shooting from the charity stripe. He’s also averaging 7.0 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
2013-14 NBA MVP
Kevin Durant (OKC) 1/3
LeBron James (MIA) 2/1