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NBA All-Star MVP Odds, 2021 Best Bet & 55-1 Longshot To Back

NBA All-Star MVP Odds, 2021 Best Bet & 55-1 Longshot To Back

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Good luck choosing the All-Star Game MVP. There’s no real rhyme or reason to picking the winner of this award for a handful of reasons: It’s tough to know who’s going to try, who has told their coach they want fewer minutes to rest, and who will decide to go for it in the second half. A host of different players have won MVP over the past few years, from diminutive point guard Chris Paul in 2013 to 7-foot Anthony Davis in 2017. Forwards have won the past four MVPs, but six of seven guards won it prior to this current stretch.

The usual suspects lead the way in 2021, with Giannis Antetokounmpo (+600) and LeBron James (+600) leading the way. We’ll give it our best shot here.

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Top NBA All-Star MVP Odds

Giannis Antetokounmpo +600
LeBron James +600
Steph Curry +850
Joel Embiid +1000
Luka Doncic +1000
Kyrie Irving +1200
Bradley Beal +1300
Nikola Jokic +1300
Damian Lillard +1600
Kawhi Leonard +1600
James Harden +1900

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Our Pick To Win The 2021 NBA All-Star Game MVP

We won’t act like momentum is real, especially not in the All-Star Game, but we can’t stop thinking about how well James Harden is playing right now. With Kevin Durant out of the Nets lineup, Harden has averaged 29.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 11.0 assists over his past nine games. That includes 47% from deep and 52% from the field.

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Harden has never won the MVP award but plays well in All-Star Games, averaging 15.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in eight career games. For a guy needing an image makeover after the fiasco in Houston, showing out on Sunday night could go a long way. He’s also on the lesser of the two teams in Team Durant, so he has more opportunities for numbers. He’s our pick at +1900 on FanDuel .

Longshot pick: Think about what the All-Star Game entails: Streaky shooting from beyond the arc, high-flying, fast-break dunks, and very little defense. This game is pure entertainment — despite Kawhi Leonard winning it in 2020 — and no one puts on a show quite like Zach LaVine. He’s finally an All-Star in his seventh NBA season and he checks just about every box: He’s a two-time Slam Dunk champion, he’s shooting 43.5% from beyond the arc, and at 25 years old he will be going all-out in his first Sunday night event.

We could see a performance like the one Russell Westbrook had in 2016 with a handful of thunderous dunks, seven 3-pointers and 31 points on his way to the MVP. We love the +5500 odds FanDuel is giving him .

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LeBron James might have assembled the best starting five in All-Star Game history: himself, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, Steph Curry and Nikola Jokic. The rest of Team LeBron is pretty solid, but if those five players close out the game, we can’t think of any way Team Durant can slow them down.

Picking the All-Star Game is such a crapshoot, but we can’t pick against this historically good starting five. We’re grabbing Team LeBron -3.5 on DraftKings.


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Mark Strotman
Mark is a veteran sports journalist who has covered the Bulls and the NBA since 2012. His work has appeared on,, The Chicago Tribune and Yahoo Sports.