Giannis Antetokounmpo entered the season favored to win his second consecutive NBA MVP award. Now more than halfway through the season, not only is Giannis still favored, he's significantly widened the gap.
He opened the offseason at +350 odds and came into the 2019-20 NBA season available at +270 to win the award on FanDuel Sportsbook, but he's now a much heavier favorite, currently listed at -220.
With Giannis averaging 30.0 points, 13.1 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game, and leading a Milwaukee Bucks' team that's currently sporting a plus-12.4 point differential on a per-game basis, this news should come as no surprise. For reference, the 73-win Golden State Warriors had a plus-10.8 point differential in their record-breaking 2015-16 campaign.
In fact, Giannis actually has a real chance to expand his lead even further, as Luka Doncic, who has the second-best odds (+380), is set to miss some time due to an ankle injury.
Rounding out the top 5, James Harden and LeBron James are tied at +700, and Anthony Davis checks in at +1800. There's a pretty significant gap after that, though, with Damian Lillard all the way down at +3400.
Giannis is in the midst of a historic season, but there's still plenty of time left for someone to make a late-season run at the NBA MVP award.
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