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2022 NBA MVP Odds, Joel Embiid vs. Nikola Jokic: How Futures Have Shifted After Nuggets-76ers on Monday Night

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Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets, Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Taken at face value, Monday’s game between the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers might not stand out among the rest of the games on the schedule.

But tonight’s game has a decent chance of deciding the 2022 NBA MVP with about 15 games left for frontrunners Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic.

Embiid entered the game as the NBA’s leading scorer (29.8 PPG) and the favorite at nearly every sportsbook, ranging as high as -145 and as low as -115. Jokic was just behind him with odds that ranged from +125 to +150 and leads the league in nearly every advanced metric: Player Efficiency Rating (32.5), Win Shares (12.6), Box Plus/Minus (13.9) and Value Over Replacement Player (8.1).

So how much did their matchup change the MVP odds?

2022 NBA MVP Odds — Pregame

Book Joel Embiid Nikola Jokic
DraftKings -145 +145
PointsBet -115 +150
FanDuel -130 +140
Caesars -120 +140
BetMGM -125 +145
Bet365 -130 +140
WynnBet -125 +125
Parx -125 +125
FoxBet -133 +150
BetRivers -125 +125

After falling behind by as many as 19 points in the first half, Jokic and the Nuggets came back to make it a game after halftime and eventually got the close win thanks to their bench.

In the battle of the MVP candidates, Embiid had the better scoring numbers head-to-head (34 points to 22 points), but Jokic had the better all-around game with 13 rebounds and 8 assists.

2022 NBA MVP Odds — Postgame

Book Joel Embiid Nikola Jokic
DraftKings -145 +140
PointsBet -120 +150
FanDuel -130 +140
Caesars -125 +145
BetMGM -125 +145
Bet365 -200 +140
WynnBet -120 +165
Parx -136 +130
FoxBet -200 +160
BetRivers -136 +130

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