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After topping his 57-point performance against the Memphis Grizzlies on March 20 with a 61-point game against the San Antonio Spurs on March 22, James Harden is making an impressive push for the NBA's Most Valuable Player award.


According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Giannis Antetokounmpo is still the favorite at -180, but Harden (+130) isn't far behind. Paul George (+950) and Joel Embiid (+5000) have also impressed this season, but with the NBA regular season coming to a close, this is essentially a two-man race between Harden and Giannis.

Giannis has led the Milwaukee Bucks to the NBA's best record, 55-19, while averaging an eye-popping 27.4 points per game (PPG), 12.6 rebounds per game (RPG) and 6.0 assists per game (APG). 


With only eight games left in the regular season for both the Bucks and the Houston Rockets, Harden is running out of time to make up ground. That being said, Giannis has missed two of his last four games due to knee soreness, and Harden has averaged 44.25 PPG during that four-game span. 

As a result, Harden's odds increased from +140 on March 18, to +130 on March 25. If Harden continues these herculean efforts, he could win back-to-back NBA MVP awards for the first time since Steph Curry in the 2015-16 season. 


Right now, Giannis is certainly the MVP favorite, but after what we saw from Harden last week, it's impossible to rule him out. 


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