Andrew Bynum, Philadelphia 76ers (40/1)
If not for injury concerns, Bynum would rank in the top 10. He's a nightly 20-10 threat who, for the first time in his career, has a team ready to build around him offensively.
However, his troublesome knees have already begun flaring up in preseason, leaving Philadelphia fans less than optimistic about his prospects of him playing a full 82-game season.
Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers (25/1)
Like Bynum, Griffin is one of the rare nightly 20-10 threats in the league, which almost automatically qualifies him for the MVP race in some capacity. If Griffin boosts his shot-blocking numbers in 2012-13, he'll only rise that much higher.
Las Vegas odds have Griffin ranked ninth overall in the MVP race, but personally, I can't see him overcoming a certain diminutive superstar teammate of his for MVP honors.
Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves (30/1)
If not for the broken hand Love suffered during the preseason, he'd enter the year as a top-five MVP favorite. He's that good.
After averaging 26 points and 13 rebounds per game and shooting over 37 percent from three-point range in 2011-12, Love was poised to take his next step toward superstardom in 2012-13. If he can manage to only miss a month of the season, he'll be a late riser up the MVP favorites list.
Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs (25/1)
Parker finished fifth in the MVP race in 2011-12, but he's facing two major obstacles in 2012-13: Father Time and head coach Gregg Popovich.
Like in 2011-12, Pop will likely limit the minutes of his older veterans during the regular season to keep them fresh for the playoffs, and Parker joined Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili on the wrong side of 30 last season. Expect Pop to play Parker only 30-32 minutes per game this season, which should be a death blow to his MVP chances.
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat (22/1)
Wade may not have an official minutes restriction like Parker in 2012-13, but the Heat's addition of Ray Allen gives the team a legitimate backup shooting guard behind Wade.
If the 37-year-old can keep his balky ankle relatively healthy, Wade could start only playing 30-34 minutes per game, just like Parker. And, unlike Parker, Wade just so happens to be on the same team as the reigning MVP and Vegas favorite for 2013 MVP, too.