NBA MVP Odds 2024

Last Updated: Feb 12, 2024

The NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award went to a fresh face in 2022-23, with Joel Embiid earning the recognition for his phenomenal season. The seven-footer led the league in scoring and dominated down the stretch to pull away from reigning MVP Nikola Jokić.

With the 2023-24 NBA season underway, it’s time to consider this year’s MVP. Will it go to another first-time winner? Or will Jokić cruise to a third MVP award?

Here’s a look at the latest 2023-24 NBA MVP odds.

DraftKings Sportsbook provides NBA lines for the 2024 NBA MVP, which are current as of Monday, Feb. 12.

NBA 2023-24 MVP Award Betting Odds

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  • Nikola Jokić (-150)
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (+270)
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (+750)
  • Luka Dončić (+1000)
  • Kawhi Leonard (+3000)
  • Jalen Brunson (+5500)
  • Jayson Tatum (+5500)

All other NBA MVP candidates have (+10000) odds or longer.

2024 NBA MVP Best Bet

Nikola Jokić, Denver Nuggets (-150)

DraftKings Sportsbook • WAGER: 1 Unit

Jokić has picked up where he left off in the postseason, and his dominance puts him in a league of his own atop the MVP standings. Through 51 games, Denver’s star center is averaging 26.2 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 9 assists.

The Joker benefitted from the absence of Jamal Murray in terms of usage and counting stats, but it’s no small feat that he kept the Nuggets near the top of the Western Conference standings without him. And, of course, the triple-doubles have kept coming.

The Nuggets have been just as outstanding in 2023-24 as they were last year, and with Jokić serving as the team’s — and the league’s — clear-cut best player, it’ll take a monumental effort from another top candidate to keep him from returning to the throne, making this my NBA bet of the day.

2024 NBA MVP Favorites

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder (+270)

DraftKings Sportsbook • WAGER: 0.5 Units

If Gilgeous-Alexander blossomed in 2022-23, he’s flourishing in 2023-24. The 25-year-old has followed up his breakout campaign with an even better statistical output, not to mention his Thunder have one of the four best records in the NBA.

On top of being one of just three players averaging at least 30 points per game, Gilgeous-Alexander is also contributing 5.6 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and a league-high 2.2 steals.

The road to knocking off Jokić en route to claiming his first NBA MVP is a difficult one, but Gilgeous-Alexander is well-positioned to be a finalist. He also doesn’t have a star sidekick, making his and OKC’s achievements look even better.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks (+750)

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Antetokounmpo has the distinction of being the NBA’s best two-way player, and it’s not close. The Greek Freak has five All-Defensive selections and a Defensive Player of the Year Award to his name, and this season, he’s averaging 30.7 points per game on a career-high 60.9% shooting from the field.

Part of what makes him so dominant is his efficiency and versatility. Antetokounmpo is stuffing the stat sheet, notching 11.2 rebounds and 6.3 assists in 35 minutes per game.

That said, Antetokounmpo’s MVP campaign is hampered a bit by the presence of Damian Lillard, who has made life considerably easier for him. The Bucks are no longer viewed as his team alone, which is part of the reason why he’s fallen to (+750).

2024 NBA MVP Contenders

Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks (+1000)

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Dončić has been one of the league’s top MVP candidates for several years, and he was among the most popular choices before the 2022-23 season. The 24-year-old continues to break new ground, and it’s likely only a matter of time before he’s awarded the honor.

Through Feb. 12, Dončić ranks first in scoring (34.5 points per game) while posting 9.4 assists and 8.8 rebounds. However, Dallas has gone just 15-15 since mid-December, which hasn’t helped his chances of winning the coveted award.

The MVP has often gone to the most outstanding player on the league’s best team, and unfortunately for Dončić, his squad isn’t quite there. Whether the Mavericks can bounce back is worth keeping an eye on, but for now, I would hold off at (+1000).

Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers (+3000)

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Few probably ever expected to see Kawhi Leonard in the MVP conversation this late in the season, but the 32-year-old has been more instrumental in LA’s success this season than any other.

What stands out about Leonard’s MVP campaign is his efficiency. His 24.2 points per game are impressive, but they look even more so when you realize he’s posted .528/.455/.891 shooting splits, putting him in the 50/40/90 range.

Leonard’s availability has also been noteworthy. He hasn’t appeared in more than 57 games in a single season with the Clippers, and yet, he’s missed just four of his first 51 contests this year. His chances of being named MVP are skyrocketing, and rightfully so.

2024 NBA MVP Sleepers

Jalen Brunson, New York Knicks (+5500)

DraftKings Sportsbook • WAGER: 0.1 Units

Knicks guard Jalen Brunson is turning in a phenomenal season. The 27-year-old is averaging career-high marks in points (27.5), assists (6.5), and rebounds (3.9) per game, and he’s done so on .484/.407/.840 shooting splits.

New York has also benefitted from his stellar play. The Knicks have gone 16-5 since the calendar turned to 2024, and they rank inside the top 10 in offensive (eighth), defensive (seventh), and net (sixth) rating.

Defense is a big reason why New York has enjoyed so much success, but this team wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Brunson’s heroics. He’s still being overlooked by the masses, but we can nab him at (+5500) as a result.

Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics (+5500)

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Tatum is another player who turned in a career year in 2022-23, averaging 30.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game. At just 25 years old, there’s still room for him to get better, too.

However, Tatum isn’t making the necessary leap to knock off the likes of Jokić and Gilgeous-Alexander en route to an MVP — and that’s not his fault. The Celtics have put a much better roster around him in 2023-24, headlined by Kristaps Porziņģis and Jrue Holiday.

Tatum is the No. 1 player on the NBA’s No. 1 team, but Boston could have realistically send its entire starting rotation to the All-Star Game. That’s great for the C’s 2024 NBA Finals bid, but not so much for Tatum’s MVP campaign — and I’m sure he’s fine with that.


Garrett Chorpenning

Garrett Chorpenning is the Lead NBA Editor for The Game Day. His previous work includes covering the LA Clippers for Sports Illustrated and FanSided. He graduated from Ball State University in 2021.

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