The halfway point of the 2013-14 NBA season seems like as good a time as any to handicap the race for the Most Valuable Player award. We've had a chance to see the best players on the best teams compete for close to three months now, during which a select group has begun to separate itself from the rest.
As you might expect, that crew includes LeBron James, winner of four of the last five MVPs; Kevin Durant, a three-time runner-up over that same span; and Paul George, the new kid on the proverbial block.
The question is, what do the oddsmaking and betting communities think of the field that's currently competing for the league's top individual, regular-season honor? That sphere of society may not seem like a bastion of accurate predictions, though sites like Intrade have proven otherwise in recent years.
For the discussion herein, we'll be drawing on the lines offered by oddschecker.com to provide a clearer picture of the MVP proceedings in the here and now. The players mentioned herein aren't ranked, but rather ordered from worst to best odds among those presently slotted at better than 100-to-1.
And if you're wondering where the injured (i.e. Chris Paul) and the losing (i.e. Carmelo Anthony) members of the conversation are, be sure to check the "Asterisks" slide at the end. Assuming these guys heal up and/or see their teams turn things around, they'll find themselves on the proper part of the list before too long.
But enough with the fine print-style mumbo jumbo. Read on to see how the jostling between the NBA's best and brightest is coming along!