Giannis Leading the Way in Early NBA MVP Betting Action

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  • Giannis Antetokounmpo is the most popular MVP bet at BetMGM.
  • Antetokounmpo has 14.6% of the total tickets and 17.8% of the total betting handle wagered for the MVP betting market at the said sportsbook.
  • The Bucks have the third-best odds to win the 2022 NBA title at +750 via BetOnline.

The betting public is putting their money on Giannis Antetokounmpo to reclaim the NBA MVP award.

Antetokounmpo is the most popular MVP bet at the online sportsbook BetMGM, with 14.6% of the total tickets issued and 17.8% of the total betting handle in the said betting market. The Greek Freak is currently listed at +800 via BetMGM, with only Luka Doncic at +400 and Joel Embiid and Kevin Durant at +700 ahead of him in the betting boards.

The Greek Freak won back-to-back MVP awards in 2019 and 2020 but finished only fourth behind Nikola Jokic, Embiid, and Steph Curry in the MVP voting. But with the Bucks coming off their first NBA title since 1971 with Antetokounmpo taking home Finals MVP honors, bettors believe he will climb back on top of the MVP mountain this season.

3rd MVP Coming?

Heading to this season, the player who needed to improve most on his jump shot was Ben Simmons, not Giannis Antetokounmpo. And although we haven’t seen Simmons play competitive ball yet, there’s a feeling that Giannis may have improved his “J” more than Ben during the offseason.

Antetokounmpo looked confident and fluid with his jump shot during Milwaukee’s October 13 preseason game against the Utah Jazz, casually knocking them down with relative ease. He finished the game making 9 of 12 shots including 5 baskets from outside the paint and another three between the foul line and the restricted area.

The lack of shooting has always been the knack on Giannis’ game but the Bucks proved last season that they can work around Giannis’ weaknesses and still win an NBA title. So now what if he no longer has those weaknesses? Then the Bucks might be unstoppable, literally.

But what we’ve seen so far is a minuscule sample size. Sure he looked good in 12 shots. But maybe let’s wait for 12 games. If he’s still making those shots consistently, then good luck to the entire NBA.

Bucks’ Championship Odds

Part of Giannis winning the MVP again would depend on the success of the Bucks this season. Despite the absence of Kyrie Irving, the Brooklyn Nets are still the clear odds on favorite to win the 2022 NBA championship. Brooklyn is currently listed at +260 at the BetOnline App with the Los Angeles Lakers coming in at second with their +350 odds. Milwaukee is third at +750 but when you look at those three teams, there are more questions than answers surrounding both the Nets and Lakers.

Although the Nets and Lakers have the more star-studded line-up, Milwaukee kept the core of their 2020 championship team and has more than enough talent to go on another title run. Sure, the Bucks lost P.J. Tucker and Bryn Forbes but the team signed George Hill, Rodney Hood, and Semi Ojeleye. Not that those signings are over the top, but they still give the Bucks solid support behind Giannis, Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday, and Brook Lopez.

Making the postseason looks like a guarantee right now. Milwaukee’s win total has been set at 54.5 and they are a gargantuan -10000 to advance to the playoffs. The question is how they will take it from there. Milwaukee beat Brooklyn as +160 series underdogs during the 2021 playoffs. The Bucks were a +550 to pull it off in seven games but that’s what they did, behind a historic performance by Giannis. There’s no reason they can’t do it again this year. Just as there is no reason why Giannis can’t win the MVP award again this season.

Shane Acedera

Shane has been writing sports stories since 2015 and has published hundreds of online sports articles. A retired banker, he juggles his day as his wife Rocelle's driver, a furdad to three Golden Retrievers named Horry, Fisher, and Ranger, and a content writer here at GamblingSites.ORG. ...

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