NBA MVP odds have seen a change at the top of the board, with Denver Nuggets triple-double machine Nikola Jokic being overtaken by Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid.
Jokic is the two-time defending NBA MVP and appeared well on his way to a third straight trophy. But the Nuggets had a recent four-game skid, while the Sixers have won six in a row.
That’s gotten people’s attention. FOX Bet’s Tieme Wesselink and BetMGM Nevada’s Scott Shelton helped dive into the NBA MVP odds flip-flop.
Let’s jump into the big shift in odds.
As noted, Denver went on a four-game slide, and it’s not like the slump was to some of the NBA’s best. The breakdown, in order:
A 117-96 home shellacking at the hands of Chicago, which is among the worst teams in the East.
A 128-120 loss at San Antonio, one of the worst teams in the NBA.
A 122-120 loss home loss to Brooklyn, which, while still in the playoff picture, is a shell of itself after trading Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
A 125-110 loss at Toronto, which has got talent but is sub-.500 at the moment.
Conversely, Philadelphia is on a 6-0 run entering Friday’s game at Charlotte. And Embiid’s stat line is impressive. He’s scored 31 points or more in all six games, including a double-double of 36 points and 18 rebounds in Wednesday’s 118-109 win at Cleveland.
And in the win that started the streak, a 133-130 victory at Milwaukee, Embiid had 31 points, 10 assists and six rebounds.
“We saw Jokic pull away late from Embiid and Giannis in last season’s race. We might see a role reversal this year,” Wesselink said. “Who would have predicted the Nuggets’ four-game losing streak? It allowed Embiid, with the Sixers on a six-game win streak, to surpass Jokic. Embiid looks destined to hold on to the NBA scoring [lead], with Doncic out of action.”
Indeed, Embiid is averaging 33.5 points per game, a half-point ahead of Doncic, who missed three games with an ankle issue.
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Back in January, Embiid had a foot injury that caused him to slide to +2000 or more with some oddsmakers. But he has since steadily climbed back into the MVP race.
On March 6, BetMGM had Embiid at +650, tied with Giannis Antetokounmpo as…
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