Odds to Win 2019 NBA MVP
It seemed like it was just a minute ago that the National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player Award was James Harden’s to lose. Singularly it isn’t necessarily what Harden was or is doing to see his odds to win this year’s MVP fall but what the Buck’s Greek Freak has and is doing. All-Star guard Harden was a -500 favorite to win the 2019 NBA MVP award at the SuperBook of Las Vegas less a month ago. The Westgate charts have turned and it is now Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo that is the 1-2 chalk.
Harden January MVP
Antetokounmpo checks in at 1-2 on the latest SuperBook’s NBA MVP Future update. The odds move for the Freak has come despite Harden averaging 43.6 points per game in January. The Rockets point guard followed his staggering January numbers with a February average of 37.3 ppg.
As a rule in the gaming container an all-everything player for a team that is considered a National Basketball Association title contender that puts up numbers like Harden has wouldn’t have seen his odds flip-flop. But that is exactly what has happened. Conversely the 2019 NBA MVP is now Antetokounmpo’s award to lose.
The success that Harden had in January was to some degree due to the absence of Chris Paul to injury. And that plus the Rockets schedule was a factor in his 40-plus point per game in the first month of 2019.
In addition the Rockets have found a higher success when Chris Paul is in the lineup and at the point. The Rockets entered March with a perfect 12-0 record when Paul registered at least 10 assists in a game. Furthermore during a five-game winning streak late last month Paul averaged 18 points per game.
Greek Freak Straw Poll MVP
Beyond the gradual MVP money-move that found the Greek Freak executing a slam dunk on Harden in the futures category throughout February was a major Giannis odds move that followed a game in which the Rockets defeated the Golden State Warriors without Harden.
Next, but far from definitive, was the report that a straw poll of likely MVP voters, found more than 50 percent of those ballot holders favored Giannis for the award. The straw poll was report by The Action Network last week. Danny Donahue wrote “Thirteen of those 21 voters landed on Giannis, with only seven on Harden (the other vote went to Paul George).”
Connect the aforementioned dots, believe in straw polls or don’t, but this late February report is followed with the World’s Largest Race and Sportsbook, Westgate of Las Vegas, moving Antetokounmpo to the overwhelming 1-2 chalk.
Las Vegas SuperBook, Westgate, updated Odds to Win 2019 NBA MVP:
Odds to Win 2019 NBA MVP: Straw Poll favors Freak