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NBA MVP Odds 2014: LeBron James Enters Uncharted Territory
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A whole lot has changed since we last broke down NBA MVP odds on Nov. 18.

Anthony Davis missed time with a broken hand, costing him precious position in a cutthroat race. The Minnesota Timberwolves swooned and Kevin Love froze up in the clutch of a recent loss that shouldn't define his season, but probably will.

Los Angeles Clippers point guard (read: point god) Chris Paul separated his shoulder and will miss up to five weeks, an injury that'll sap enough of the season to make a real dent in his MVP chances. Elsewhere in the West, the Golden State Warriors are scorching hot, which makes Stephen Curry and his eye-popping numbers a big climber in this edition.

Most of all, though, the past few weeks have been marked by the tightest race atop the MVP rankings we've seen in a long time. Kevin Durant is approaching LeBron James' rarefied statistical air, and the absence of Russell Westbrook is only going to make it easier for KD to pile up the numbers.

King James has been predictably excellent and gaudily efficient while picking his spots for the Miami Heat, but has he done enough to hold off his greatest challenger?

There's only one way to find out.

 

*All statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com unless otherwise indicated.

**Stats accurate through games played on Jan. 6, 2013.

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