As the 2022-23 season picks up steam, see how the odds to win Most Valuable Player in 2022-23 are taking shape, with a quartet of superstars leaving very little between them. NBA MVP odds are front and center with 2022-23 underway, and plenty of the usual suspects are dominating the early Most Valuable Player narrative.
With the board shuffling, many bettors will be looking to sink their teeth into the NBA odds markets. Dallas phenom Luka Doncic entered as the favorite for the third straight season, but he’s seeing a fellow Euro superstar overtake him, also for the third straight season.
See how the contenders stack up against the surging Nikola Jokic in the latest odds for 2023 NBA MVP.
Voter fatigue? Never heard of it.
Two-time reigning MVP Nikola Jokic has been going absolutely bananas over the past two-plus months, comfortably averaging a triple-double over a prolonged stretch that’s seen the Nuggets ascend to the West’s No. 1 seed.
Three-peating as MVP is no small task. It’s something only three players have ever done, none since Larry Bird in the mid-80s.
But with Jokic putting up another God-tier offensive season, and Denver now atop the uber-competitive West to boot, the narrative over the past few weeks has largely questioned if voters can plausibly deny him at this point.
His odds movement suggests as much — priced around +2,800 to +3,000 in December, he’s now the odds-on leader, and appears poised to make history.
The preseason betting favorite each of the past two years, Luka Doncic is still in search of what feels like an inevitable MVP award.
Doncic has been putting up undeniably monster numbers this season, with his 60-point, 20-rebound triple-double still reverberating through the MVP narrative streets.
But, the question remains. can Dallas succeed enough as a team to bolster his credentials? The Mavs currently own a Top-5 seed, and if Luka can keep putting up anywhere near these types of numbers, lifting his team above preseason expectations looks great on his MVP resume.
Jayson Tatum ended last season on a sour note, putting up a disappointing Finals effort against a formidable Warriors defense following what was, by all metrics, a simply outstanding season. But he’s put any malaise to rest with his first-half performance in 2022-23.
Tatum’s taken more upon himself, averaging 31.1 points on .548 effective shooting thus far — both career bests. He’s also getting to the line more than ever, attempting roughly 40% more free throws than last season’s previous career mark.
The Celtics have the NBA’s best record at 35-13, leading the league in a host of catch-all metrics. This squad is getting a definite boost on offense (while its trademark defense lagged to begin the season) and Tatum’s been leading the charge.