Ja Morant NBA MVP Odds: Grizzlies Star Continues Climb in Betting Market for Individual Awards
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Updated NBA MVP Odds
*Odds via BetMGM
Another night in the NBA, another highlight-reel performance from Ja Morant getting noticed by the betting market.
For the second consecutive game, Morant posted a career high for points (52) in a win over the San Antonio Spurs. He’s almost as shoo-in for Most Improved Player, and with his Memphis Grizzlies sitting in the No. 3 spot in the Western Conference, Morant has placed himself right in the thick of the MVP race.
Coming off 52- and 46-point performances, Morant is up to fourth on the MVP oddsboard at BetMGM. He trails only Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Morant’s +1200 odds are down from his opening number of +5000 odds.
Bettors are buying in as well. Morant is fifth in total bets placed in the MVP market, trailing the three players ahead of him on the oddsboard and Stephen Curry. Morant is sixth in total handle at BetMGM.
There are better numbers in the market on Morant, including +1400 at PointsBet and +1300 at FanDuel. He’s as short as +1000 at DraftKings.
Morant is seventh in the NBA with 27.6 points per game, while adding 5.9 rebounds and 6.6 assists. He’s making almost half his shots from the field (49.8%) and has upped his production with 33 points per game in his last 10.
While he has work to do in the MVP market, Most Improved is his to lose. After opening +3000, he’s now the odds-on favorite at -750. Miles Bridges (+1100) is the closest player to him on the board at BetMGM.
Morant’s scoring over eight more points per game and grabbing two more boards per contest, while adding five shots per game compared to last year. He’s more efficient, too, shooting 5% better from the field and 4% better from three. His assists are down a tick from 7.4 to 6.6 this year but his turnovers per game remain nearly the same despite the increased usage.
Action Network analyst Brandon Anderson listed Morant as one of his two best bets for the award back in the preseason here.
Behind Morant, Memphis is +2800 to win the NBA championship. Three teams in the Western Conference have better title odds: The Warriors (+450), Suns (+450) and Jazz at+1600 odds.
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