Significant Movement Seen in NBA MVP Betting Boards in the Past Month

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  • Steph Curry is still the MVP betting favorite but there has been significant movement in the MVP betting boards.
  • Kevin Durant has been taken down from 2nd to 4th after recently suffering a sprained MCL which will force him to miss 4-6 weeks of action.
  • Ja Morant has climbed from +8000 to +1600 while Nikola Jokic has gone from +1500 to +700 in the past month while Giannis Antetokounmpo has moved to second at +250.

Steph Curry is still the MVP betting favorite but over the past month, there have been significant changes to the NBA MVP betting boards at the best NBA betting sites.

Of course, the biggest factor currently affecting the MVP boards is the injury to Kevin Durant. Durant was the second favorite behind Curry and was closing in on the Warriors’ guard who has been struggling with his shot since breaking Ray Allen’s three-point record last December.

Sprained MCL

Durant suffered an MCL sprain of his left knee when a teammate accidentally stepped on his knee during a game last week. The injury is expected to sideline KD for four to six weeks and he could be out until after the NBA’s All-Star break. Although the Nets will have Kyrie Irving available for road games and they play 11 out of their next 14 games on the road ( entering Monday’s games ), KD’s presence will surely be missed.

KD is the NBA’s current scoring leader at 29.3 points per game but not only is he putting up the points for the Nets, but he is also averaging 7.4 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 0.9 blocks, and 0.8 steals per game this season. In their first game without KD on Monday night, the Nets lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 114-107.

With Durant missing at least one month of action, the top NBA sportsbooks have faded him in the MVP betting boards from the second favorite to fourth at +1200 with Curry at +160 and Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nikola Jokic overtaking Durant at +250 and +700, respectively.

Ja Morant Mimicking D-Rose’s MVP Year

Morant has been spectacular this season and he is the main reason why the Memphis Grizzlies are 4th in the latest Western Conference team standings with a record of 31-15. Memphis won a franchise-best 11 straight games before losing to the Dallas Mavericks last Friday but Morant already made a jump from +8000 to +1600 in the MVP odds boards during that winning run.

Nikola Jokic has been the other MVP contender to make a big leap. The Joker has gone from +1500 last month to +700 in the latest betting boards. Denver has been up and down this past month but Jokic has been having another MVP-type season ranking 10th in the league in scoring at 25.3 points per game, 10th in passing at 7.4 assists per game, and second overall in rebounding at 13.9 boards grabbed per contest.

The other significant mover is Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks who has gone from +600 to +250. The Greek Freak is 3rd in the league in scoring at 28.5 points per game and 6th in rebounding at 11.3 boards grabbed per contest. Over his last 10 games, Antetokounmpo is averaging 31-10-7.

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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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