2015 NBA MVP Odds with Expert Picks and Predictions
by George Monroy - 3/30/2015
The 2015 NBA's Most Valuable Player race may see the tightest vote in the history of the award. The season has been nothing but one-upsmanship from three of the NBA's best players. One day it's Stephen Curry going behind the back and scoring on four defenders. The next day it's Russell Westbrook leading the charge on a destructive 30-point, 12-rebound and 10-assists triple-double. Another night its James Harden scoring 40 and having a hand in nearly every point his team scores down the stretch. And that is not even mentioning the stellar seasons that LeBron James and Anthony Davis are having-the NBA has been that good in 2015.
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Entering the home stretch, Curry has become a big favorite in the eyes of the oddsmakers, but with a handful of games still left to be played, Harden and Westbrook could have a chance to win the award with a set of otherworldly performances. Let's take a closer look at the 2015 NBA MVP odds and figure out who has the most value to bet on. All odds come from Sportsbook.ag.
Stephen Curry : -300: Curry has history on his side when it comes to the MVP award. The Golden State Warriors are closing off a historically-great regular season and could end the year with 15 or 16 losses, which would make Curry a shoe-in for the award. Golden State's record may be overwhelming enough that Curry gets the vote simply for being the best player on the best team. The guard's numbers, 23.7 points, 7.9 assists and 2.1 steals, are great but don't pop out the way Westbrook's or Harden's do. However, there is no doubt that Curry played the most important role in elevating a very good team to a great one.
James Harden : +200: Houston has quietly crept into the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference and will probably finish the year with 56 wins-and still be almost 10 games behind the Warriors. Harden's case for the MVP award is simple yet compelling. The guard essentially has a hand in everything his team does on offense, which is predicated on two things, slashing to the rim and shooting 3-pointers. By the strict definition of the award, Harden is probably the most valuable player in the league simply because Houston would probably be a sub-.500 group if he were not on the floor. Houston's other star, Dwight Howard, has been injured for most of the season while Harden has carried the team to the second-best record in the conference.
Russell Westbrook: +350: for a few days last month Westbrook was the co-favorite to win the MVP award along with Curry. The main knock against his candidacy is that Oklahoma City is not winning and will probably end the season with 46 or 47 wins, which will be nearly 20 games behind the Warriors. Harden, on the other hand, has his team nearly 10 games ahead of Westbrook's while being in a similar situation. If we were going strictly by the "most valuable" term then the former UCLA guard is just as important as Harden, but in the real world the media takes a team's record into account. And while Westbrook might be the best player of the bunch, his out-of-this-world stats are not leading to wins.
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