NBA MVP Odds 2014: Can LeBron James Capture His 5th?

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NBA MVP Odds 2014: Can LeBron James Capture His 5th?
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A word to all of you NBA MVP hopefuls out there: Speak now or forever hold your peace.

And by "forever," I mean "until next year."

Any case in support of a candidate's pursuit of the Maurice Podoloff Trophy must be made by next week, if only because the 2013-14 regular season is set to go out with a bang on April 16. That doesn't leave voters much time to decide who, between LeBron James and Kevin Durant, should be this year's winner. Nor does it afford either of those superstars anything close to ample opportunity to assert themselves accordingly.

The same goes for the handful of worthy candidates who are essentially left to duke it out for third place in the MVP race, due to the dominance of James and Durant. Has Blake Griffin risen to the rank of runner-up-to-the-runner-up nod? Does Joakim Noah deserve that distinction for what he's done to solidify the Chicago Bulls sans Derrick Rose and Luol Deng? Is there someone else who's earned an edgewise word in this debate?

To clear up the picture as the playoffs draw near, let's sort through the rest of the MVP field—between those in the mix for third and those who simply deserve some dap—before getting down to the brass tacks of 'Bron vs. KD.

 

Note: All betting lines listed come from Oddschecker.com.

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