NBA MVP Predictions

NBA Predictions: Will LeBron keep James Harden from the MVP? 2/21/18

Is James Harden set to claim his first NBA MVP honor this season, or can someone catch him?

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Harden is the heavy favorite to win the MVP honor, as he is listed with -350 odds. Other short odds to win are LeBron James (+250) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (+1500).

Bet on NBA Prop Odds

Harden was a close runner-up for this honor last year but lost it to Russell Westbrook, who averaged a triple-double for the season. Harden is the current points leader in the NBA, averaging 31.3 per game. He also ranks second in assists (9.0 pg) and ninth in steals (1.76 pg). Harden is leading the Rockets to the top record in the NBA right now of 44-13.

LeBron James has won this honor four times and it seems possible for a fifth to happen this year if the Cavaliers are able to finish the season strong. They are currently third in the East, 6.5 games out of first place. Should they fight their way to the top of the East before the playoffs, LeBron is likely to be a big reason why. James is averaging 26.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 8.9 assists and 1.54 steals per game. LeBron seems to be rejuvenated following the trades the Cavs made, which means we could see him at his best over the second half of the season.

Kyrie Irving is listed with +2000 odds to win the MVP and I think there is definitely some value there. The Celtics find themselves just 2 games out of first in the East and Irving is certainly their leader. He is averaging 24.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 5 assists per game. While those numbers don’t pop off the page, he will be credited for the Celtics’ success this season. When Boston started hot, people were already linking Irving to the MVP honor. If the Celtics can get back to that level of play, he certainly will see his odds improve.

Need More winners against the spread? Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. Instant Access here.


NBA Headlines

NBA Predictions & Picks

Thumbnail Jazz vs. Nuggets NBA Prediction The Jazz have had issues trying to cover in Denver, which is where they’ll play the Nuggets at 8:00 p.m. ET. Is the home dog the best play on the board tonight?
Thumbnail Lakers vs. Nuggets NBA Prediction The Nuggets are only laying 3.5-points to the Lakers on Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. ET, but is Denver the best play on the board?
Thumbnail Celtics vs. 76ers NBA Prediction The red-hot 76ers have won eight of their last 10 games and are only laying 3.5 points to the visiting Celtics at 7:00 p.m. ET on Friday night. Will Philly cover that...
Thumbnail Clippers vs. Pelicans Prediction The Clippers are 3-point road dogs on Thursday night when they take on the Pelicans at 8:00 p.m. ET. Will the Clippers pull off the small...
Thumbnail Warriors vs. Bucks NBA Prediction The Warriors are 3-point road dogs in Milwaukee on Thursday night when they take on the Bucks at 7:30 p.m. ET. Will Golden State pull off the upset or is Milwaukee...