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NBA MVP odds: Giannis Antetokounmpo has opening with Stephen Curry slumping, Kevin Durant out

The reigning Finals MVP has a great chance to rise in regular season MVP odds.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks looks on against the Toronto Raptors in the first half at Fiserv Forum on January 15, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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The Milwaukee Bucks have dealt with their fair share of injury and COVID-19 issues, but none was more telling than Giannis Antetokounmpo’s stint in the league’s health and safety protocols. The Bucks managed to go 3-2 during that five-game absence, showing they can handle minor setbacks. Antetokounmpo already has two regular-season MVP awards and a window has just opened for him to make a big charge for a third honor, with Milwaukee’s record not being as big a factor as it could’ve been.

Giannis Antetokounmpo MVP Odds: +425

Since returning from COVID-19 protocols, Antetokounmpo is averaging 32.3 points, 6.8 assists and 10.6 rebounds per game. That level of production alone is going to keep him in the MVP conversation. With Stephen Curry experiencing a rare shooting slump and Kevin Durant sidelined for 4-6 weeks, this is Antetokounmpo’s opportunity to make a real charge for the award. The Bucks have some big games coming up against the Grizzlies and Bulls, which gives The Greek Freak a chance to deliver some signature performances ahead of the All-Star break.

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