Curry Keeps Favorite Roll on NBA MVP Odds Boards

Stephen Curry NBA MVP Background

  • Curry’s MVP odds stable as Warriors’ title odds close on Nets
  • Durant’s movement to (+200) is a precursor to a competitive race
  • Antetokounmpo, Jokic, DeRozan round out Top 5

Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry continues his run to the NBA MVP as he is posted with odds at (+140) to win the title, according to the Bovada sportsbook. Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant, is next with his (+200) listing.

Other spots show Curry at (+135) and Durant at (+220).

The “Stephenator” had a triple-double last night with 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists, but the Warriors fell to Memphis, 116-108, in the Bluff City.

Curry was found with a posting of (+120) a week ago but with the Golden State Warriors losing three of their last four games, he has dropped slightly.

He was out of the 101-96 loss to New Orleans as he rested his left quad injury that occurred in the loss to the Mavericks the night before. Curry could be suffering from fatigue as well as he is 23-of-66 from the floor with seven threes in the other three games in a rough spot for the Warriors, who travel to Milwaukee on Thursday night. Curry has been sensational in averaging 26.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 6.1 assists in leading the Warriors to a 30-10 mark.

He started the season with composite MVP odds at (+850) which was third behind Kevin Durant (+625) and Giannis Antetokounmpo at (+750).

Currently, Golden State is one game behind the 31-9 Phoenix Suns for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

The online sportsbooks currently have Golden State with (-175) odds to have a seed in the Western Conference over 1.5 while under that number nets a (+135) offering. Phoenix is getting odds at (-155) for the over on a 1.5 seed and a (+105) on an under the 1.5.

The Pacific Division is a two-team sprint with the Warriors at (+100) to win it, while Phoenix is the favorite at (-135).

Both teams have been spotted even in a couple of spots as they are both at (-110).

Golden State continues to lead the odds to win the Western Conference though as the Warriors sit with odds at (+225) and the Suns have a (+330) listing. GSW takes the second-best odds in the NBA to win the championship as they are at (+475) while the Suns field a (+750) number, which is good for fourth.

Playing The Field

Durant is the closest suitor to Curry with the (+200). Bovada has Antetokounmpo with a (+650) while Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic (+1200) and Bulls shooting guard DeMar DeRozan (+2800) round up the Top 5.

Durant is the leader of the Nets and his guidance will determine how far they go. He is also posted with NBA MVP odds as low as (+190) on some sportsbooks.

Brooklyn is 2-5 over its last seven games and the Nets have a two-game lead over Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division, but odds at (-450) to win the Atlantic while the 76ers sit at (+340).

The Nets are still the favorite in the Eastern Conference with odds at (+130) as the Milwaukee Bucks are moving forward with a (+330) number.

Antetokounmpo has the third-best odds to win the MVP as of now with a (+650) assignment. The Milwaukee big man is also been as low as (+850) on some MVP boards.

Milwaukee has lost four out of its last five games to slide 3.5 games behind the Chicago Bulls for the lead in the Central Division. Milwaukee lost a back-to-back in Charlotte and now the Bucks carry odds at (+100) to win the Central as Chicago leads with (-125).

Antetokounmpo (28.4 ppg, 11.4 rpg, 6.0 apg) has scored 31 or more points in six of his last eight games as he shoots 54.1 percent from the field this season.

Jokic Looking For a Boost

Nikola Jokic is single-handedly keeping the Denver Nuggets afloat as Jamal Murray (ACL) and Michael Porter, Jr. (back) are continuing to nurse injuries and are out for the foreseeable future.

Jokic (25.7 ppg, 14.7 rpg, 7.0 apg) is part of a culture that shares the ball as Denver averages (25.9 apg) but only 105.6 points (25th).

The Nuggets are 7.0 games behind the Utah Jazz in the Northwest Division, and the oddsmakers have almost deferred the division to Utah as the Jazz have (-10000) odds to win the division while the Nuggets post at (+2800).

As Jokic has kept Denver in the playoffs mix, the Nuggets still ahem. (+1600) odds to win the Western Conference with (+4000) to win the NBA Championship.

DeRozan and Bulls Stampeding the East

DeMar DeRozan is fifth in odds to win the NBA MVP as he is listed with a (+2800) number.

Chicago leads the Eastern Conference by 2.5 games over Brooklyn as they have won eight of the last nine games. DeRozan (26.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 4.8 apg) is having the best scoring season of his career since he averaged 27. 3 points for the Toronto Raptors in 2016-17.

Chicago has the fifth-best odds to win the Eastern Conference at (+1100) as Miami (+600) is in third and the 76ers (+1000) are in fourth.

DeRozan and Zach Lavine have the Bulls in a position to make a deep run in the playoffs as a seed of 2.5 is the number that the sportsbooks are offering for Chicago. The odds on the overs are posted at (-125) while the under nets a (-105) offering.

Quizzically, the Bulls have the 10th best odds to win the NBA Championship at (+2500).

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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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