On Wednesday (8/13) the NBA released the schedule for the 2014-15 regular season, and there is no shortage of exciting matchups to get excited about. After an exciting off-season that saw LeBron James and (tentatively) Kevin Love take their talents to Cleveland, the Cavaliers will surely be on the must-watch list of every NBA fan. They will be kicking off their season on October 30th when the Cavs host the New York Knicks and their Christmas Day showdown in Miami against the Heat should make for thrilling entertainment.
We’ve been updating our NBA Futures throughout the off-season and the Cavs jumped from +4000 to +350 to win the 2014-15 NBA Championship following their two marquee acquisitions. In fact, 5Dimes has already posted a number of props for LeBron James and his production next season.
Several weeks ago they posted a prop bet regarding LeBron’s production and offered an over/under of 25.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7 assists per game. With sky-high expectations for LeBron and his team, 5Dimes also listed King James as a +160 favorite to win the 2014-15 MVP with the field listed at -210.
No other prominent sportsbook was offering MVP futures until Friday (8/15) when Bwin posted their odds for 15 of the league’s biggest stars. Although LeBron was still listed as the favorite, his odds at Bwin were slightly less favorable than those available at 5Dimes (+125 vs. +160).
On Thursday, August 29th, the more prominent Bovada sportsbook posted their own NBA MVP odds with a number of additional candidates including Joakim Noah, John Wall, Tony Parker and others.
The table below compares the 2014-15 NBA MVP odds at Bwin and Bovada and will be continually updated as other sportsbooks begin to post.
|LeBron James||Cleveland Cavaliers||+125||+125|
|Kevin Durant||Oklahoma City Thunder||+275||+275|
|Blake Griffin||Los Angeles Clippers||+950||+900|
|Derrick Rose||Chicago Bulls||+1000||+900|
|Chris Paul||Los Angeles Clippers||+1400||+1400|
|Carmelo Anthony||New York Knicks||+1500||+1400|
|Kevin Love||Cleveland Cavaliers||+2000||+2000|
|James Harden||Houston Rockets||+2200||+2000|
|Stephen Curry||Golden State Warriors||+2500||+2500|
|LaMarcus Aldridge||Portland Trail Blazers||+3500||+3300|
|Anthony Davis||New Orleans Pelicans||+3500||+3300|
|Kobe Bryant||Los Angeles Lakers||+4000||+3300|
|Dwight Howard||Houston Rockets||+4000||+4000|
|Russell Westbrook||Oklahoma City Thunder||+4500||+4000|
|Kyrie Irving||Cleveland Cavaliers||+5000||+4000|
|Joakim Noah||Chicago Bulls||+7500||N/A|
|Tony Parker||San Antonio Spurs||+8000||N/A|
|John Wall||Washington Wizards||+8000||N/A|
|Al Jefferson||Charlotte Hornets||+10000||N/A|
|Chris Bosh||Miami Heat||+10000||N/A|
|Damian Lillard||Portland Trail Blazers||+10000||N/A|
|Dwyane Wade||Miami Heat||+10000||N/A|
|Rajon Rondo||Boston Celtics||+12500||N/A|
|Tim Duncan||San Antonio Spurs||+12500||N/A|
|Marc Gasol||Memphis Grizzlies||+15000||N/A|
|Andrew Wiggins||Minnesota T'Wolves||+25000||N/A|
|DeMar DeRozan||Toronto Raptors||+25000||N/A|
This off-season there has been a lot of talk about Derrick Rose’s performance for the USA Men’s National Team which will be competing in the FIBA World Cup later this month. According to multiple reports, Rose looks fully healed from his torn ACL and is back to his MVP-form. Clearly oddsmakers agree as Rose is tied for the third-best MVP odds, trailing just LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
The table below displays the past eight MVP winners along with their odds to win the award prior to the season. (Historical odds via SportsOddsHistory.com)
|2013-14||Kevin Durant||Oklahoma City Thunder||+300|
|2012-13||LeBron James||Miami Heat||+160|
|2011-12||LeBron James||Miami Heat||+250|
|2010-11||Derrick Rose||Chicago Bulls||+2500|
|2009-10||LeBron James||Cleveland Cavaliers||+275|
|2008-09||LeBron James||Cleveland Cavaliers||+250|
|2007-08||Kobe Bryant||Los Angeles Lakers||+500|
|2006-07||Dirk Nowitzki||Dallas Mavericks||+700|
Will Kevin Durant be able to repeat as MVP? Can LeBron James win his fifth award in the past seven seasons? If Derrick Rose can stay healthy, will he return to MVP form? Are there any dark horse candidates not listed? Please leave any thoughts, opinions or questions in the section below.