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NBA 2017-18 Regular Season MVP Odds: James Harden tipped to win maiden plum

Lorenzo Gahol 15 Feb 2018
  • James Harden is tipped to win his maiden MVP award
  • LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo are the other main contenders
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James Harden is the favorite among major bookmakers across Europe to win the NBA regular season MVP award this season approaching the halfway stage of the season.

The Houston Rockets superstar guard, who finished runner-up to Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook in the MVP race last season, is averaging over 31 points per game to lead all scorers. 

Among Harden's highlights this season was a 60-point explosion in a triple-double performance against the Orlando Magic last January 30. His scoring output was the most in a triple-double effort in NBA history. He also scored 56 points against the Utah Jazz and had back-to-back 51 point explosions against the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers. 

Harden's partnership with Chris Paul and Eric Gordon in the backcourt is working well for the Rockets, who recently overtook the Golden State Warriors for the best record in the league. 

LeBron James is the second choice to win his fifth MVP award. The Cleveland Cavaliers franchise player is producing his usual numbers this season although his team was hampered by various difficulties in the first half of the season. The defending Eastern Conference champions have somehow recovered and are doing better after retooling their roster ahead of the trade deadline.

Early favorite Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks is now ranked third in the outright MVP market. The Greak Freak is ranked second to Harden in the scoring leaderboard with over 27 points per game. Antetokounmpo also leads the Bucks in rebounding, assists and steals. 

NBA 2017-18 MVP Outright Odds

Player OddsBookmaker
 James Harden4/9Ladbrokes
 LeBron James3/1Marathonbet
 Giannis Antetokounmpo29/2Marathonbet
 Kevin Durant20/1Ladbrokes
 Stephen Curry22/1Marathonbet
 Kyrie Irving25/1Ladbrokes
 Russell Westbrook33/1Ladbrokes

NBA Regular Season MVP Winners

SeasonPlayer, Team
1955–56Bob Pettit, St. Louis Hawks
1956–57Bob Cousy, Boston Celtics
1957–58Bill Russell, Boston Celtics
1958–59Bob Pettit, St. Louis Hawks
1959–60Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia Warriors
1960–61Bill Russell, Boston Celtics
1961–62Bill Russell, Boston Celtics
1962–63Bill Russell, Boston Celtics
1963–64Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati Royals
1964–65Bill Russell, Boston Celtics
1965–66Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia 76ers
​1966–67Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia 76ers
1967–68Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia 76ers
​1968–69Wes Unseld, Baltimore Bullets
1969–70Willis Reed, New York Knicks
1970–71Lew Alcindor, Milwaukee Bucks
1971–72Kareem Abdul–Jabbar (formerly Lew Alcindor), Milwaukee Bucks
1972–73Dave Cowens, Boston Celtics
1973–74Kareem Abdul–Jabbar, Milwaukee Bucks
1974–75Bob McAdoo, Buffalo Braves
1975–76Kareem Abdul–Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers
1976–77Kareem Abdul–Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers
1977–78Bill Walton, Portland Trail Blazers
1978–79Moses Malone, Houston Rockets
1979–80Kareem Abdul–Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers
1980–81Julius Erving, Philadelphia 76ers
​1981–82Moses Malone, Houston Rockets
1982–83Moses Malone, Philadelphia 76ers
1983–84Larry Bird, Boston Celtics
1984–85Larry Bird, Boston Celtics
1985–86Larry Bird, Boston Celtics
1986–87Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers
1987–88Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
1988–89Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers
​1989–90Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers
​1990–91Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
1991–92Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
1992–93Charles Barkley, Phoenix Suns
1993–94Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets
1994–95David Robinson, San Antonio Spurs
1995–96Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
1996–97Karl Malone, Utah Jazz
1997–98Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
1998–99Karl Malone, Utah Jazz
1999–00Shaquille O’Neal, Los Angeles Lakers
​2000–01Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers
​2001–02Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
2002–03Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
2003–04Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves
2004–05Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
2005–06Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
2006–07Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
2007–08Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
2008–09LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
2009–10LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
2010–11Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
2011–12LeBron James, Miami Heat
2012–13LeBron James, Miami Heat
2013–14Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
2014–15Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2015–16Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2016–17Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
2017-18James Harden, Houston Rockets

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