Latest NBA MVP odds, ESPN straw poll suggests Nikola Jokic will win third MVP

NBA MVP odds indicate Nikola Jokic is in line to win his third award, joining elite company.

Mar 17, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA;  Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) shoots during the first
Mar 17, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) shoots during the first / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Nikola Jokic has been the betting favorite to win his third NBA MVP for the entirety of the second half of the season, and there likely won’t be anyone in his way from joining an illustrious group of Hall of Famers. 

Jokic received 85 of the 100 first place votes in ESPN’s MVP Straw Poll that is conducted by Tim Bontemps. The quarterly poll is typically representative of how the voting block will vote, especially at the end of the season. Predictably, Jokic is now an overwhelming favorite to win MVP, sitting at -2000 at consensus sportsbooks.

The reigning Finals MVP hasn’t missed a beat this season, averaging 26 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists while the Nuggets contend for the top seed in the Western Conference. 

Jokic, who won MVP in 2021 and 2022, is poised to join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, LeBron James, Moses Malone, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson to win at least three Most Valuable Player awards. 

Joel Embiid appeared poised to out-pace Jokic early in the year before a knee injury, and budding superstars Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luka Doncic appear to have to wait at least one more year before they get their first MVP nods. 

After the straw poll it confirms what we have known for a while, Jokic is winning his third award. 

What other hardware will he get this season? 

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2024 NBA MVP Odds

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