The 2013 NBA betting season is at its de facto halfway point, as we are just set to come out of the All-Star Break.
Check out the men that are still chasing the MVP award at this point in the season and which are the best bets.
ODDS TO WIN 2013 NBA MVP:
(Number next to each player is pay out on a $100 wager from Sportsbook.ag)
LeBron James, Miami Heat (-500): Simply put, LeBron has run away from the rest of the field. He’s a -500 favorite at the moment, and for good reason, after shooting over 60% from the floor in six straight games and scoring at least 30 in his final seven outings going into the All-Star Break. Simply put, this is the best player in the NBA, and assuming that King James stays healthy, he’ll be the MVP recipient for the fourth time in the last five years.
This is the best scoring season so far that he has had with the Miami Heat at 27.3 points per game. It’s the rest of the stats that really make LeBron stand out, though. He is averaging 8.2 boards per game (a career high), 6.9 assists, 1.7 steals, and 0.9 blocks per game. All of that is coming with just 1.6 fouls per game, and he is shooting 56.5 percent from the field and 42.4 percent from downtown. With shooting numbers like that, James is truly unstoppable, and we have to remember that he is just 28 years old at this point.
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder (+500): In other years, Durant would be the man that would be running away with the MVP voting. However, thanks to James, the fact that Durant is averaging 29.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game on a team that very well could finish with the best record in basketball this year looks like chopped liver.
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks (+1200): Melo has never won the MVP before in his career, but he has at least a fighting chance this time around. The Knicks could be winning their first division title this year in two decades, and Anthony is the reason for it. He is one of the top scorers in the league this year at 28.6 points per game, but those stats really are dwarfed by those of Durant and LBJ. The 12/1 price isn’t bad, but it isn’t great either.
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers (+3300): You never really know whether to count the Lakers out of it or not, and as long as that stays the case, you really never know whether to count out Kobe either. The look that Bryant had on his face during the All-Star Game when he stood toe-to-toe with James showed that he wants to prove that he is the best player of this generation. If he gets that attitude with the Lakers down the stretch of the season and can will this team to the playoffs, this could turn out to be a steal of a bet. Still, it’s going to take averaging probably 35 points per game down the stretch of the season to even entertain the thought of ranking Kobe alongside LeBron.