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2019 NBA All-Star Game MVP Odds: LeBron James Listed as Favorite

Eric Rosales

by Eric Rosales in NBA Basketball

Feb 11, 2019 · 4:10 PM PST

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LeBron James is the favorite to take home his fourth All-Star Game MVP trophy. Photo by Rondo Estrello (flickr).
  • LeBron James is looking to become just the third four-time All-Star Game MVP
  • Russell Westbrook is seeking his third All-Star MVP crown in five years
  • We’ve found the best MVP value bet for the league’s showcase game in Charlotte

With a new draft format breathing life into the NBA All-Star Game, and an emphasis on players to shake the rep of the mid-season showcase of a boring dud by asking them to compete (what a novel concept), it was likely no surprise that LeBron James proved he was again, the star of stars.

Now the question is: can he do it again?

Oddsmakers believe in the King, but is it the right bet to be making for the big game in Charlotte?

2019 NBA All-Star Game MVP Odds

Player Team Odds to Win 2019 NBA All-Star Game MVP
LeBron James LBJ +400
Giannis Antetokounmpo GIA +500
Kevin Durant LBJ +600
Stephen Curry GIA +700
Joel Embiid GIA +750
Kemba Walker GIA +800
Kyrie Irving LBJ +800
Paul George GIA +800
Anthony Davis LBJ +1000
James Harden LBJ +1000
Kawhi Leonard LBJ +1000
Russell Westbrook GIA +1200
Dwyane Wade LBJ +2000
Ben Simmons LBJ +2800
Blake Griffin GIA +3300
Bradley Beal LBJ +4000
Damian Lillard LBJ +4000
Karl-Anthony Towns LBJ +4000
Klay Thompson LBJ +4000
Dirk Nowitzki GIA +5000
LaMarcus Aldridge LBJ +5000
Kyle Lowry GIA +6600
Nikola Jokic GIA +6600
Khris Middleton GIA +8000
D’Angelo Russell GIA +10000
Nikola Vucevic GIA +10000

There Are No Surprises

Unlike the Rising Stars Game, only elite players win this award. Since the 1985-86 season, only two retired players that have taken home the honor are not in or shoo-ins for the Hall of Fame: Glen Rice 1997 and Tom Chambers in 1987.

Of the active ASG MVP’s, only one (Kyrie Irving) doesn’t have at least a first-team all-NBA nod in his career. And even then, he’s a six-time All-Star, and boasts one of the most clutch shots in NBA Finals history.

In this case, talent really does rise to the top. Keep that in mind as we pare down this list.

Legacy Matters

With an MVP win, LeBron would join Bob Petit and Kobe Bryant as the only four-time winners. And this might be his last best chance. We’ve seen James battle his first game-sapping significant injury and Father Time may finally begin sizing up basketball’s athletic titan.

James did win it last year, breaking a decade-long drought between MVPs. A win this year and he would join Petit and Russell Westbrook as the only players to win consecutive awards.

Speaking of Russ, perhaps no one takes slights worse, so expect added motivation after he was traded by James to team Giannis. One of the few guys who plays hard wherever the ball gets rolled out, Westbrook would be just the fifth three-time winner of the award.

Beware the Home Team Player Bet

Since the game was played in 1951 there have been 14 hometown winners in the 60 games played. But in the 2000’s, there have only been four guys to turn the trick. Shaquille O’Neal did it twice (2004 and 2009).

Lakers legend Kobe Bryant did it in 2011 at Staples and two years ago, Anthony Davis poured in 52 and raised the award in front of the New Orleans faithful. That seems like ages ago now.

While Kemba Walker has been having a nice year, he doesn’t seem to fall into that upper echelon of players, so it would be surprising to pull of a Chambers-level feat in this one.

What’s the Best Bet Here?

I think Giannis Antetokounmpo (+500) is extra-motivated to show out, as social media thought he was out-GM’d by LeBron after taking Stephen Curry with the first pick.

Golden State teammates Kevin Durant (+600) and Steph Curry (+700) should also be in the running. It’s stunning that Curry hasn’t yet won the award yet.

After those guys, there’s a pack of value dudes that you need to consider. Paul George (+800) is currently the best two-way player in the league. Kawhi Leonard (+1000) and Westbrook (+1200) will go about their business, regardless of score.

And if you’re seeking a long shot worthy of a shot, Klay Thompson (+4000) has rebounded from a slow start and could easily catch fire.

While LeBron is the safe bet, I’d go with Curry and George as favorites in this one.

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