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Updated NBA MVP Odds: Final Chances for Regular Season Top Stars
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Now that the 2012-13 regular season has come to a close, only two questions remain in the MVP race.

Can LeBron James win the 2013 MVP unanimously? And in what order will the other top MVP candidates finish?

If James somehow doesn't win his fourth MVP in five years, it'll be nothing short of grand larceny. He's the best player in the league, plays for the team with the best record and helped lead the Miami Heat to the second-longest winning streak in NBA history (27 games).

In short, the King's MVP resume is impeccable. His incredible season rendered Kevin Durant's 50/40/90 shooting percentages virtually irrelevant in the race to the top of the MVP standings.

Durant holds the inside track to the MVP runner-up spot, but late-season charges from Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant could mix up the final standings. Chris Paul, who guided the Los Angeles Clippers to the undisputed best season in franchise history, should also end up somewhere in the top five when it's all said and done.

To be considered a top MVP candidate here, a player must either be the best player on his team, one of the league leaders in a major statistical category or on one of the teams with the best records in the league.

With 82 games now in the books, how do the final MVP standings shake out? Here's one man's best guess.

Note: Statistics and records are current through games played on April 17. Unless otherwise noted, all advanced statistics come from Basketball Reference or NBA.com/stats. Last week's rankings here

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