Damian Lillard was just snubbed, with LeBron James taking home Western Conference Player of the Month honors. And though Lillard's 34.1 points and 8.4 assist per game (on 48.8 percent shooting) weren't enough for him to win the award, this recent stretch has caused his NBA MVP odds to surge.
As of Jan. 19, Lillard was available at +9500 odds to win the 2019-20 NBA MVP, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. But in the span of just 16 days, Lillard's MVP odds have essentially tripled, as he's currently listed at +3400.
Take even a passing glance at his recent numbers, and you'll see why.
Over his last six games, the Portland Trail Blazers' superstar is averaging 48.8 points per game (PPG) while shooting 54.8 percent from the field and 57.0 percent from beyond the arc. And he's been impacting the game as more than just a scorer, averaging 10.2 assists, 7.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.
In fact, Lillard has scored a combined 293 points over his last six games, which is tied for the third most ever in a six-game stretch. Notably, Portland is 5-1 in that time and the Trail Blazers are now just two games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the No. 8 seed in the West.
Lillard's play is almost certainly unsustainable, but even though it didn't earn him Player of the Month honors, he's now sitting with the sixth-best odds to win the NBA MVP award.
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