Not shockingly, those are the two early favorites to win the 2017 NBA MVP award.
Online betting site Bovada already has up the line for MVP next season, here are the top 10 with odds.
I don’t expect Curry to win three in a row, especially having to share the rock more with Durant now in house (Durant’s not going to win, either). LeBron is the obvious favorite, with good reason.
However, smart gamblers are looking for value. That’s where I love Harden at 16-1, and to a lesser extent Westbrook at 4-1. I expect a bounce-back year from James Harden where he shows up in shape and has the Rockets looking more like a playoff team from day one— and he averaged 29 points a game last season. Russell Westbrook is also going to put up monster numbers. The only question with those two is will their teams win enough games? Voters tend to look for teams that win 50+ games and pick the top players from there, the Rockets and Thunder very well may not get there.
It is going to be an interesting MVP race next season.