Nikola Jokic

  • Nikola Jokic has +500 odds to win the NBA MVP.
  • There have been 12 players that have won back-to-back MVP awards.

DENVER – The NBA season is beyond the midway point and the odds to win the MVP have continued to shift. Just recently, one of the most significant shifts occurred as Denver Nuggets center and reigning MVP, Nikola Jokic, saw his odds drop from +1400 down to +500.

On the odds board right now, legal online sportsbooks have Stephen Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo as the only players sitting with shorter odds.

2022 NBA MVP Odds

  • Stephen Curry +190
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo +250
  • Nikola Jokic +500
  • Joel Embiid +600
  • Ja Morant +1000
  • Kevin Durant +2500

Going Back-To-Back

If Jokic can make his way to the top of the NBA MVP odds board and win the award, he would join a prestigious group of players that have won two MVP awards in consecutive years.

Just 12 players in the history of the NBA have won two straight MVP awards.

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo 2019-2020
  • Stephen Curry 2015-2016
  • LeBron James 2009-2010, 2012-2013
  • Steve Nash 2005-2006
  • Tim Duncan 2002-2003
  • Michael Jordan 1991-1992
  • Magic Johnson 1989-1990
  • Moses Malone 1982-1983
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1971-1972, 1976-1977
  • Larry Bird 1984-1986
  • Wilt Chamberlain 1966-1968
  • Bill Russell 1961-1963

Jokic is making his case to win the MVP strong already as he is putting up similar numbers to what he did last season. Last year, he put up 26.4 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 8.3 apg, 1.3 spg, and 0.7 bpg. This season he is seeing 26.1 ppg, 13.8 rpg, 7.6 apg, 1.4 spg, and 0.8 bpg.

Aside from putting up similar MVP numbers this season, the main reason behind his odds dropping has been the incredible stretch of games he has been on. The Joker has put up four triple-doubles in his last five games and has gone for 25+ points in four of those games as well, including a 49-point triple-double against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

He also leads the Nuggets in every stat across the board and has kept the Nuggets afloat in the 6th seed in the Western Conference despite the team missing both Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr.

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