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NBA Most Valuable Player 2022/23 Odds – Nikola Jokic clear favourite for NBA MVP honours

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Last updated: 02 Mar 2023
Leigh Copson 02 Mar 2023
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  • Nikola Jokic is odds-on to win the NBA MVP award
  • Denver star has won the award in each of the last two seasons
  • Embiid & Giannis considered main rivals to Jokic’s hat-trick bid
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Nikola Jokic is odds-on to win the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for the third season in a row.

The MVP award is given to the player considered to be the best player on the planet, and Jokic has been almost unstoppable in recent years.

The Denver Nuggets centre was top three in scoring and assists, and top five in rebounding as he took the honours in 2020/21, and last year he ranked first in rebounds, fifth in scoring and sixth in assists as he won the MVP award for the second season running.

He now appears to be on course to be named Most Valuable Player for the third season in a row – something only all-time greats Bull Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Larry Bird have managed.

Jokic is second in assists, top five in rebounding and top 20 in scoring in the entire league, and as a result he is the 5/14 favourite to win the 2022/23 NBA Most Valuable Player award with bet365.

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is considered his biggest rival at 5/1 at the time of writing.

Embiid is currently sixth in scoring, 22nd in rebounding and 78th in assists, and although the stats do not jump off the page there is no denying how important his presence is to the team.

The same can be said for the man who is hot on his heels at 13/2, the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo.

‘The Greek Freak’ is no stranger to Most Valuable Player honours, having won this award in 2018/19 and 2019/20, 

Giannis has been staking his claim for his own MVP hat-trick this season and currently ranks fifth in scoring, seventh in rebounding and 39th in assists.

He is hugely important to Milwaukee’s quest to win another NBA Championship and his absence is felt whenever he sits out, as evidenced by the fact they lost four of their six games without him in January.

From there it is a sizeable jump in odds to the next player in the MVP betting, with Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks and Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics considered 14/1 shots.

And after that it goes all the way out to 66/1 where you can find four-time winner, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Latest NBA Most Valuable Player Odds


5/14 Nikola Jokic
5/1 Joel Embiid
13/2 Giannis Antetokounmpo
14/1 Luka Doncic
14/1 Jayson Tatum
66/1 LeBron James
80/1 Ja Morant
150/1 Damien Lillard
150/1 Kevin Durant
200/1 Stephen Curry

* Odds correct at 12:16 GMT on 22/2/23

NBA Most Valuable Player FAQs

What is the NBA Most Valuable Player award?

The NBA Most Valuable Player award is given to the player considered the best basketball player in the world.

Who won the NBA Most Valuable Player award last season?

Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets won the 2021/22 NBA Most Valuable Player award.

Who has won the most Most Valuable Player awards?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers) won the Most Valuable Player award six times in his career.

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