NBA MVP Odds: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid Close Gap on Stephen Curry at FanDuel Sportsbook

Isaiah De Los Santos
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid have closed the gap on Stephen Curry in the NBA MVP odds race.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid have closed the gap on Stephen Curry in the NBA MVP odds race. / Kevin C. Cox/GettyImages

Kevin Durant's knee injury has opened the door for other MVP contenders to make their case, and that's caused big moves at the top of the race. Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry (+300) was considered the clear MVP favorite on FanDuel Sportsbook following Durant's injury, but he's seen his lead shrink to only a hair.

Giannis Antetokounmpo has made up ground in the MVP race, going from a distant second to right Curry's heels at +320. Meanwhile, Joel Embiid is surging, going from +1100 post-Durant's injury to now just +350.

Reigning MVP Nikola Jokic is doing his best to make this a four-man race as well. The Denver Nuggets center has improved his odds to +450, up from +600 a little over a week ago.

As the others have risen, Durant continues to see his MVP odds decline, falling from +1400 to +3500.

Here's how the MVP odds are shaping up as January play winds down.


1. Stephen Curry (+300)

2. Giannis Antetokounmpo (+320)

3. Joel Embiid (+350)

4. Nikola Jokic (+450)

5. Ja Morant (+2000)

6. LeBron James (+3500)

7. Kevin Durant (+3500)

8. DeMar DeRozan (+4600)

9. Devin Booker (+5000)

10. Luka Doncic (+5500)

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