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Updated NBA MVP Odds: Will Any Late-Season Surges Impact MVP Picture?
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Whatever got into Carmelo Anthony since the beginning of April has him skyrocketing up the MVP leaderboard in the final days of the regular season.

Anthony exploded for 50 points against a superstar-less Miami Heat in the New York Knicks' first game in April, and then he proceeded to drop 40 and 41 points, respectively, in the Knicks' next two games.

By doing so, he became the first player to score 40-plus points while shooting at least 60 percent from the field for three-straight games since Michael Jordan did it in the 1991-92 season , according to the Elias Sports Bureau

Melo's scoring binge in April helped him wrest the scoring leader title away from Kevin Durant, at least for the time being. It also has him firmly back in the discussion for finishing as one of the top five MVP candidates, too.

Anthony isn't the only player making a late charge up the MVP rankings, though. To be considered a top MVP candidate here, a player either has to be among the league leaders in a major statistical category, the most dominant player on his team or on a team with one of the best records in the league.

How far has Melo's late-season explosion pushed him up the MVP favorites list? Let's find out.

 

Note: Statistics and records are current through games played on April 10, except where otherwise noted. All advanced statistics come from Basketball Reference or NBA.com/stats, except where otherwise noted. Also, check out last week's rankings here.

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