Odds to Win 2019-20 NBA MVP Still Favor Giannis Antetokounmpo With Luka Doncic Climbing Fast

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While there have been a number of surprises over the first 10 or so games of the NBA season, like the Boston Celtics leading the league with a 9-1 record and the Golden State Warriors starting 2-10, odds to win the MVP have mostly remained stagnant, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Giannis Antetokounmpo entered the season as the favorite, and through the Milwaukee Bucks' 11 games, he's still favored at +240 to win the award.

It's not hard to see why, either. Giannis has led Milwaukee to a 9-2 record and is averaging career highs in points (30.5), rebounds (14.5) and assists (6.5) per game.

He's seemingly improved in pretty much every facet of his game, and is even taking a career-high 4.0 3-pointers per contest.

While he's still atop the odds, Dallas Mavericks star sophomore Luka Doncic has seen an astronomical rise in his odds to win the award. Entering the season, Doncic was available at +9500, but he's since climbed to +2200 in just 11 games.

Doncic has been flat-out ridiculous this season, with averages of 28.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 9.3 assists per game. He's led the Dallas Mavericks to a 6-5 record, and has picked up the slack for Kristaps Porzingis, who has gotten out to a slow start after missing last season due to an ACL tear.

Rounding out the rest of the top five are Anthony Davis, James Harden and LeBron James all tied at +550, while Kawhi Leonard has the fifth-best odds at +1200.

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