2016 NBA All-Star Game Betting: Is Kobe a Lock For MVP?
The 2016 NBA All-Star game tips off for the 65th time ever on Sunday night, as The Black Mamba makes his final appearance under the mid-season bright lights.
It’s going to be a special night at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada, and likely one die hard NBA fans won’t soon forget. It could be even more unforgettable if they can spot the All-Star game MVP ahead of time and win some fat cash in the process.
Mamba Number 5?
Early odds point to four-time All-Star MVP Kobe Bryant taking home the prized trophy (7/5 odds), and that’s not the least bit shocking with this being his last rodeo. Bryant is still old and broken down, though, so it’s still quite possible he just doesn’t give a good enough performance to win the MVP. Even if he can’t, it’ll be nice to see him chuck from deep and hopefully we get a vintage Kobe slam or three.
If it’s not the Black Mamba, though, who could it be? You will not want for options, as all the elite stars will be on hand. The reigning league MVP is #2 on the list, with Stephen Curry carrying 5/1 odds at winning the All-Star MVP. He is the best shooter in the All-Star game without a doubt and we all know everyone let’s it fly in this game. If he gets hot early and closes strong, he absolutely could surpass Kobe and win the trophy.
Other leading candidates to keep Bryant from riding off with the MVP are LeBron James (8/1), Russell Westbrook (8/1) and Kevin Durant (10/1). No one else comes all that close (next closest is Kyle Lowry with 20/1 odds to win the 2016 NBA All-Star MVP award.
Looking for a fun sleeper to target? The payout could be massive if you hit it right, as guys like Anthony Davis (35/1), John Wall (28/1), Paul George (25/1), Carmelo Anthony (60/1) and Dwyane Wade (75/1) all have games and star power that matches up with an All-Star game MVP and have fun odds to work with.
History could even help us out a bit, too, as Wade won it in 2010, KD won in 2012 and Westbrook won last year.
As for the veterans, LeBron James has claimed two All-Star game MVP awards (last won in 2008) and Sunday’s leading favorite – Kobe – has won four times (last won in 2011).
Will the legend go out on top and meet his MVP All-Star game odds with his classic grin, or will we see someone else like Wade or James turn back the clock. Better yet, like so many rising stars before, are we destined to see a new winner come out of nowhere to take the crown?
I know Kobe has been playing better of late and everyone will want to see him win the MVP, but this really isn’t his show (or league) anymore. The proper send off would be him winning the MVP, but he has to earn it and I don’t see him out-playing all of these other superior stars.
I don’t know if he’ll win, but The Brow is my favorite pick of the bunch. He carries reasonable odds but they also could give you a really nice payout if he won. I see a lot of rebounds, dunks and blocks coming out of him on Sunday night and he just might come away with the MVP. A skilled big man hasn’t claimed the award since Shaq won it back in 2009 and I think it’s due for a change.
Our tentative pick is The Brow if you want to aim a little higher, but if you want a safe bet and are also pulling for Kobe, taking his odds makes good sense.
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