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Is LeBron James closing in on Giannis for MVP?

After the Lakers defeated both the Bucks and Clippers last week, does this put King James closer to The Greek Freak for the award? We take a look.

Milwaukee Bucks v Los Angeles Lakers Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

A week ago, the odds at Draftkings Sportsbook suggested that Giannis Antetokounmpo was running away with the MVP. After big wins for the Los Angeles Lakers over the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers over the weekend, the narrative is that LeBron James is narrowing the gap.

NBA MVP Odds Update, March 10

Player Opening Night 2/24 3/2 3/9 Odds Change since Opening Night
Player Opening Night 2/24 3/2 3/9 Odds Change since Opening Night
Giannis Antetokounmpo 270 -455 -670 -560 -830
LeBron James 900 900 900 450 -450
Luka Doncic 5000 800 800 2500 -2500
James Harden 700 1200 1200 3300 2600
Anthony Davis 750 5000 5000 10000 9250

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As of late, the media is certainly pushing the narrative. Even so, the odds strongly favor the Greek Freak. Giannis is priced at -560 to win MVP for the second consecutive year, while James sits at +450. Statistically, almost all the arguments favor Antetokounmpo to win the award. He is comfortably ranked ahead of James in RPM, Win Shares, PIPM and Box Score Plus-Minus. When looking at the entire season, it’s pretty clear to me that Giannis has been the more valuable of the two superstars. The talk of LeBron winning MVP reeks of recency bias. He had a great week, but Antetokounmpo is having a great season.

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