Updated NBA MVP Odds: Entering Season's Final Push

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Updated NBA MVP Odds: Entering Season's Final Push
Derick Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat's 27-game win streak may finally be over, but LeBron James' chokehold on being the landslide favorite for 2013 NBA MVP Award hasn't loosened a bit.

James' MVP resume this season is nothing short of impeccable. He's the best player on the league's best team, is shooting a career-high 56 percent from the field and holds the league lead in both PER and win shares.

In case that wasn't enough to seal the deal, the Heat's 27-game win streak should do the trick.

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra held James out of the March 31 showdown against the San Antonio Spurs due to a reported right hamstring strain, which is about the only thing that could slow James' runaway MVP case down. If the injury keeps James out for the rest of the regular season (doubtful, but at least remotely possible), it may leave the door open for another player to wrestle the award away from the King.

Granted, with the calendar turning to April, it would take a Herculean performance from another top candidate to stop James from winning his fourth MVP in five years.

For a player to garner true MVP consideration on this list, he must either be among the league leaders in a major statistical category, the unquestionable best player on his squad or on a team with one of the best records in the NBA. (James, naturally, meets all three criteria.)

With the No. 1 spot all but locked up, read on to find out who's jostling for position behind LeBron as the MVP race heads into the homestretch.

 

Note: Statistics and records are current through games played on March 31, except where otherwise noted. Last week's rankings here

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