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As we get closer and closer to the start of the NBA season, it's time to take a look at the MVP odds for the upcoming year. 


And contrary to popular belief, LeBron James is not the sole favorite to win. 


With the amount of player movement we've seen over the past few months, there are a few shake-ups, but you're still going to recognize all of the names at the top. 

James is rightfully one of the favorites at +410, but this year he's sharing that honor with two other players from up-and-coming teams


Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans managed to steal a game from the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals, while Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks took the Celtics to seven in the first round in the East. Both Davis and Antetokounmpo come in at the same +410, right beside James

Last year's MVP, James Harden, comes in with the second-best line at +550. The NBA has had three back-to-back MVP winners in the last 11 years, with LeBron doing it twice in 2009 and 2010 as well as 2012 and 2013, and Steph Curry doing it from 2015-16. New Toronto Raptor Kawhi Leonard rounds out the Top 5 at +900 as he'll look to be successful in a new situation up north.

Damian Lillard at +6000 is an intriguing longshot since we already know he can score, and the Blazers are coming off of a 49-win season, while Joel Embiid at +2200 is many people's dark-horse candidate for a Philadelphia 76ers team looking for a No. 1 seed in the East this season

Pretty much anyone on this list has the talent and opportunity to win the MVP in 2018-19, which means we're in for another incredible NBA season. 


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