The NBA season is just over a quarter old, but futures boards have the NBA MVP chase in high swing.
LeBron James is vying for his fifth MVP crown, but has a number of talented competitors on his heels.
According to Bovada and sportsbook.com, due to his very good stats and the improving play of his new Cleveland Cavaliers team, it is no surprise James is the league’s favorite to win his fifth MVP crown.
Thus far, James is scoring at a 25.6 points per game pace, while hauling down 5.5 rebounds and dishing out 7.8 assists per game.
The multi-talented shooting forward is shooting a very solid 49% from the floor and his Cavs have won 8 of their past 11 games after an inconsistent start.
James currently is at the top of the futures list for the NBA MVP at +125.
According to topbet and betonline, a number of players are close on James’ heels as the league is loaded with talent.
Stephen Curry the outstanding shooting guard for the Golden State Warriors is second behind James at 7 to 2 to win the MVP, while New Orleans forward Anthony Davis is slightly behind Curry at 6 to 1 and Houston’s sharpshooting guard James Harden is not far behind at 7 to 1.
Curry leads the NBA’s No. 1 team in scoring at 23.5 points per game and in assists at 7.6 per game. The Warriors are an impressive 19-3 after winning 16 straight games.
Curry’s shooting skills separate him from the rest of the league’s sharpshooters. The Golden State guard is shooting 48% overall from the field, 39% from 3-point territory and 92% from the free throw line.
Although Curry’s numbers are impressive, Davis has proved in his third NBA season that he is one of the best in the league. However, not in his favor is the team he plays on. The New Orleans Pelicans will have to battle hard for a playoff spot out West and that could hurt his chances of winning this individual trophy.
Harden’s numbers are not the same as those of Curry and Davis but he is clearly a top candidate for the award. During a stretch of 11 games when Dwight Howard was injured, Harden averaged 29 points a game.
2014-15 NBA MVP odds
LeBron James +125
Stephen Curry 7 to 2
Anthony Davis 6 to 1
James Harden 7 to 1
Kevin Durant 10 to 1
Blake Griffin 10 to 1
Marc Gasol 20 to 1
Chris Paul 25 to 1
Russell Westbrook 40 to 1
LaMarcus Aldridge 50 to 1