Jayson Tatum favored over Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo in NBA MVP odds

By Adam Burke  (VSiN.com) 

December 2, 2022 03:08 PM
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Tatum won November Player of the Month as Boston Celtics went 14-2

It didn’t take the honor of November Player of the Month for Jayson Tatum to be a top choice in the NBA MVP odds market, but it did vault him into the role of favorite. DraftKings Sportsbook has Tatum at +250, just ahead of Luka Doncic and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Tatum’s Boston Celtics top the NBA standings and are the NBA Championship odds favorite at +330.

NBA MVP Odds (DraftKings)

  • Jayson Tatum +250
  • Luka Doncic +270
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo +280
  • Stephen Curry +700
  • Joel Embiid +1500
  • Kevin Durant +1800
  • Devin Booker +2000
  • Nikola Jokic +2200
  • Ja Morant +2500
  • Donovan Mitchell +3500
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander +6000
  • Damian Lillard +10000
  • Anthony Davis +10000
  • Trae Young +10000
  • Zion Williamson +13000
  • Bam Adebayo +20000
  • Jimmy Butler +20000
  • James Harden +20000
  • Pascal Siakam +20000
  • DeMar DeRozan +20000
  • LeBron James +20000
  • All others +30000 or higher

Tatum opened the season around +1100 and gradually moved up the board based on his start to the season and what his team was accomplishing with his help. He was in the +550 to +600 range at most shops by mid-November and now finds himself with the shortest odds to win.

Jayson Tatum stats

Tatum is second in the league with 31.6 points per game and also leads the Celtics with 7.8 rebounds per contest. The 24-year-old only trails Doncic in the PPG department, but the Dallas Mavericks are hovering around .500 and the Celtics are the best team in the NBA. Tatum’s breakout 2019-20 season when he was an All-Star for the first time marked his first season with over 20 points per game and he’s improved in each of his six NBA seasons. 

In terms of the NBA MVP race, it is far from over with tons of games to play, but the Celtics aren’t showing any signs of slowing down and neither is Tatum.

Last 10 NBA MVP winners

2022: Nikola Jokic

2021: Nikola Jokic

2020: Giannis Antetokounmpo

2019: Giannis Antetokounmpo

2018: James Harden

2017: Russell Westbrook

2016: Steph Curry

2015: Steph Curry

2014: Kevin Durant

2013: LeBron James

As storied as the Celtics are, they have not had an NBA MVP winner since 1986 when Larry Bird won the last of his 10 MVP awards. Tatum is also looking to end a four-year drought from American-born players, with Serbia’s Jokic as the reigning back-to-back champion and Greece’s Antetokounmpo for the two seasons prior to that.

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