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We track the odds to win the 2022 NBA MVP award from our most trusted sportsbooks all year long. Check out our regularly updated graphs and tables below to see how the odds of the league’s top players have changed throughout the 2021-22 season.

2022 NBA MVP Odds

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  • [March 30] The odds have shifted overnight, as Nikola Jokic has now become odds-on favorite to repeat as league MVP after a triple-double against the Hornets
  • [March 29] Joel Embiid’s odds have continued to shorten as we near April, now at an average of around -200 at most sportsbooks
  • [March 11] Embiid has been on a tear since the acquisition of James Harden, and is back to odds-on MVP favorite
  • [March 2] James Harden has looked rejuvenated since suiting up in a Sixers uniform, and it’s only boosted Embiid’s MVP odds – as he can now be found as short as -110 to win. DeMar DeRozan and Ja Morant’s odds also continue to shorten as they enjoy career best seasons
  • [Feb 17] Despite concerned Harden’s addition to the team could hurt Embiid’s MVP odds, that’s not the case as the Beard has yet to take to the floor. Joel Embiid’s price has shortened in to a stronger favorite, while Jokic and Antetokounmpo remain second and third in the odds. Steph Curry’s odds have continued fading
  • [Feb 8] With rumors swirling about a potential Simmons for Harden trade, could Joel Embiid’s MVP outlook improve by the deadline on Thursday? Now could be the time to get in on Giannis, Jokic or Curry if you think Harden will be heading to Philly to take away some touches for the big man
  • [Feb 3] Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic have been putting up monstrous stat lines for two weeks and carrying their respective clubs, surging to the top two MVP favorites
  • [Jan 27] As Steph Curry was in a slump over the past 10 days, Giannis Antetokounmpo has surged to favorites’ position, and Joel Embiid is now tied with Curry at average odds of +325. The 76ers big man has scored 30+ in six straight contests
  • [Jan 18] With Durant suffering a knee sprain and set to miss time, it looks like Curry’s MVP to win. With that being said, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Bucks are finally fully healthy and the Greek Freak has shortened average odds of +350 in wake of the Durant news. If you think KD still has a chance to win it if/when he returns, he can still be found at +1400 at FanDuel
  • [Jan 12] Curry remains the favorite – and it looks to be a two man race between him and Kevin Durant. DeMar DeRozan’s continued stellar play for the Bulls has pushed him in to the fringes of the race
  • [Dec 23] With Giannis Antetokounmpo in health and safety protocols, his odds have faded to +875 on average
  • [Dec 17] Durant’s odds have shortened to an average of +305, and with a return of Kyrie Irving in some capacity imminent, could push the Nets even higher
  • [Dec 10] Now returning to action, Luka Doncic’s odds have plateaued at an average of +2350 – can he get back in the race?
  • [Dec 3] Having avoided injury and playing great ball, Steph Curry has distanced himself as the heavy favorite at average odds of +150
  • [November 24] Steph Curry’s odds continue to shorten amidst his stellar play, now at an average of +200
  • [November 17] In Tuesday’s blowout win in Brooklyn, Curry dropped nine threes on the Nets and outplayed Kevin Durant pushing the Warriors to the best record in the league. As such, Curry’s odds shortened to solo favorite, an average of +273 from the leading sportsbooks
  • [November 9] Fresh off dropping 50 points against the Hawks on Monday night, Stephen Curry’s leading the best team in the league by record and his odds have shortened to +300 – ahead of both Durant and Antetokounmpo
  • [November 3] With the Mavericks struggling out of the gate, Doncic’s odds have continually slid as he’s now behind co-favorites Curry and Antetokounmpo as well as Kevin Durant who is doing it all for the Nets at average odds of +600
  • [October 26] After the season’s opening week, Jason Kidd’s hire has not meshed well with the Mavericks dropping Doncic’s odds – while former MVP winners Curry and Antetokounmpo have seen their odds shorten to between +600 and +650 depending on your book
  • [October 15] The Nets will not have Kyrie Irving as a team member due to his vaccination status, so Durant’s odds have shortened to an average of +600 – just behind the favorite Doncic
  • [October 5] With Kyrie Irving’s availability in question due to vaccination status, Kevin Durant could have an even heavier workload – as his odds have shortened to +700
  • [September 9] Russell Westbrook’s odds have shortened with him set to have a massive role for the Lakers during the regular season
  • [July 21] The Dallas Mavericks star has once again opened as an MVP favorite, with Joel Embiid and Kevin Durant at odds of +700. Can Giannis win his third MVP in four seasons? Antetokounmpo opens fresh off his title at +800 to win MVP

2021-22 NBA MVP Odds

Player Odds
Nikola Jokic -140
Joel Embiid +110
Giannis Antetokounmpo +1000
Devin Booker +5000
Ja Morant +10000
Luka Doncic +10000

Odds as of March 30th at Caesars Sportsbook

NBA MVP Trends to Consider

  • Since 1985, only two MVPs have come from a team that finished worse than second in its conference during the regular season
  • The MVP award has been won by players who were 23 or younger on just four occasions
  • Wilt Chamberlain (1960) and Wes Unseld (1969) are the only players to earn MVP honors as rookies
  • The MVP award has been won by the NBA’s leading scorer four times in the past five years
  • Only three MVPs have ever averaged fewer than 17 points per game. They were Bill Russell (1961, 1963, 1965), Wes Unseld (1969), and Steve Nash (2005)

NBA MVP Award Winners By Position

NBA MVP Trends Based On Position

  • Centers won a whopping 22 of the first 28 NBA MVP awards
  • Guards have won eight of the last 14 NBA MVP awards
  • Michael Jordan personally won five of the eight NBA MVP awards that have been given to shooting guards

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Past 10 NBA MVP Winners

Year Player PPG RPG APG
2021 Nikola Jokic (Nuggets) 26.4 10.8 8.3
2020 Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks) 29.5 13.6 5.6
2019 Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks) 27.7 12.5 5.9
2018 James Harden (Rockets) 30.4 5.4 8.8
2017 Russell Westbrook (Thunder) 31.6 10.7 10.4
2016 Steph Curry (Warriors) 30.1 5.4 6.7
2015 Steph Curry (Warriors) 23.8 4.3 7.7
2014 Kevin Durant (Thunder) 32.0 7.4 5.5
2013 LeBron James (Heat) 26.8 8.0 7.3
2012 LeBron James (Heat) 27.1 7.9 6.2

Nikola Jokic’s MVP win in 2021 was historic for many reasons, becoming both the first Serbian winner of the award, and the lowest drafted player ever selected for the honors.

NBA Teams with the Most MVP Winners

It should come as no surprise that the NBA franchise with the most championships also has the most league MVPs. Four different Celtics have been named the Association’s most valuable player including Bob Cousy (1957), Bill Russell (1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965), Dave Cowens (1973), and Larry Bird (1984, 1985, 1986). Need another fun fact to share at the bar? Cowens is the only MVP who also worked as a cab driver. Beat that Michael Jordan!

Players with Multiple NBA MVP Awards

Player MVP Awards Years
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 6 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980
Bill Russell 5 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965
Michael Jordan 5 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998
Wilt Chamberlain 4 1960, 1966, 1967, 1968
LeBron James 4 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
Larry Bird 3 1984, 1985, 1986
Magic Johnson 3 1987, 1989, 1990
Moses Malone 3 1979, 1982, 1983
Bob Pettit 2 1956, 1959
Karl Malone 2 1997, 1999
Tim Duncan 2 2002, 2003
Steve Nash 2 2005, 2006
Steph Curry 2 2015, 2016
Giannis Antetokounmpo 2 2019, 2020

NBA MVP Historical Trends

  • Celtics legend Bill Russell was the first player to win back-to-back MVP awards in 1961 and 1962
  • Russell was also the first player to win three consecutive MVP awards (1961-63). The only other players who accomplished the same feat are Wilt Chamberlain (1966-68) and Larry Bird (1984-86)

NBA MVP Trends Based Upon Country of Origin

  • Americans have won 92% of the NBA MVP awards despite the fact that nearly 28% of the league’s current players were born outside of the U.S.
  • The NBA MVP award was given to non-U.S.-born players three straight times from 2005-07

Archived NBA MVP Award Odds: 2021, 2020, 2019

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