Kevin Durant is the Most Popular Wager in Early MVP Betting Action

Kevin Durant With Nets Backdrop

  • Kevin Durant is the most popular MVP bet at the Caesars Sportsbook with 21% of the total money wagered in the MVP race placed on him.
  • Luka Doncic is the betting favorite at +450 while KD and Giannis are both listed at +700.
  • Durant’s Nets are still the odds on favorite to win the 2022 NBA championship even without Kyrie Irving.

Kevin Durant successfully came back from an Achilles injury and returned to form last season, his first with the Brooklyn Nets.

Entering the 2021-22 season, Durant is among the early favorites to win the 2022 NBA MVP award, and at online betting site Caesars Sportsbook, KD is the most popular bet as far as total dollars wagered are concerned, with 21% of the total betting handle for MVP at the said sportsbook.

Durant is also second behind current MVP betting favorite Luka Doncic with 8% of the total betting tickets written for him. Doncic meanwhile, is second behind KD in betting handle with 17% while Durant’s teammate James Harden is third in both tickets and handle at 8% and 9%, respectively. Golden State’s Steph Curry and Boston’s Jayson Tatum are tied with 7% of the betting slips and 7% of the total money wagered.

Nets Still Favored Even Without Kyrie Irving

The Brooklyn Nets are still the clear favorites to win the 2022 NBA title at the best NBA sportsbooks, even without Kyrie Irving. After the team announced that they would not be allowing Irving to be a “part-time” player on their squad, Brooklyn’s odds merely dropped from +240 to +260. Still, they have shorter odds than the Los Angeles Lakers at +350 and the Milwaukee Bucks at +750.

Brooklyn going on a deep playoff run would bode well for Durant’s MVP hopes and with a healthy James Harden beside him, things could turn out better for the Nets this year. Harden suffered an injury in Game 1 of their second-round series against the Bucks in the 2021 playoffs and missed games. KD carried the Nets, but the Bucks built enough momentum that when Harden returned, they were able to beat the Nets in seven games.

This year, Durant’s numbers could even get better because, without Irving, he will have to shoulder a bigger load, the talent on the entire team notwithstanding. Not only will he need to score more but he will also have to help Harden in the playmaking department. Durant and Harden are former MVPs. There’s no question they are up to the task. But as its perceived leader, Durant should shine better without Irving, and again, that puts value into his MVP betting odds.

Doncic is the MVP Betting Favorite

Dallas’ Doncic is the MVP betting favorite and there is no questioning that either. The Slovenian sensation continues to improve with every year added under his belt. Last season, Luka Magic continued to dominate in Dallas. Although his 2020-21 season averages were slightly off his previous year’s totals, Doncic shot better from three-point range and the field last season. The only question for Doncic is if he can take the Mavs to the championship level. The Mavs are a longshot +2500 to win the NBA title.

Meanwhile, Harden looked tremendous when he was healthy last season. The Nets struggled with their chemistry early in the season but with Harden’s arrival, he was the glue that kept the offense flowing like fine wine. The Beard proved that he can dominate a game without putting up too many shots. But playing alongside Durant might not be in his best interest as an MVP candidate because KD will always be the no. 1 option in Brooklyn.

Curry could be primed for another MVP run after a spectacular 2020-21 season where he almost single-handedly led the Warriors back to the playoffs. Curry’s scoring run late during the regular season was incredible and with Klay Thompson expected to be out until a least on Christmas Day, Curry could have a repeat performance this year. Golden State has the 4th best odds to win it all at +1100.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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