NBA Awards Odds 2013-14: LeBron James and Kevin Durant Neck and Neck for MVP

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NBA Awards Odds 2013-14: LeBron James and Kevin Durant Neck and Neck for MVP
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Mask or no mask, LeBron James isn't ready to hand over his MVP trophy to any of the NBA's leading candidates. 

The Miami Heat superstar has been locked in a tight battle with Kevin Durant for the league's premier individual award throughout the season, and the latest iteration of incredible performances is threatening to shake up the odds.

Did LeBron's 61 points put him on top? Did Durant's Russell Westbrook-less run keep him in the No. 1 spot?

Those are but two of the many questions this article will answer as we dive into the races for each of the Association's six biggest honors: Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player, Sixth Man of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and, of course, MVP. 

Grant Hughes ran the last version of this article back in early January, so I'll be adopting his format. That means the top three candidates for each award will be named, and odds will be given for their chances of winning the honor in question. 

As Hughes wrote over a month ago, "Lots can (and probably will) change between now and the end of the season, but here's how the candidates shake out for the new year."

We haven't reached the end of the season, but a lot has already changed.

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