According to the online sports betting site, Bovada, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has the second-highest odds to win the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award for the upcoming 2018-19 season.
After placing third for both the NBA MVP and Defensive Player of the Year last season, Davis is set to have a monstrous season now that DeMarcus Cousins has settled in with the Golden State Warriors.
A five-time NBA All-Star, the 25-year old Davis will be in full control of everything the Pelicans do on both offense and defense this coming season. Following the Achilles injury to Cousins last season that caused him to miss the majority of the second half of the season, Davis averaged 30.2 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 3.2 blocks while shooting 51.4 percent from the field in games where he was the only superstar. While Davis wasn’t the only factor that led to the Pelicans stellar end to the season and their sweep of the third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of last season’s playoffs, he was without a doubt the most important. Heading into this season, Davis is going to be expected to do even more.
The actual odds are shown below and Davis isn’t the only former Wildcat that Vegas thinks has a shot to take home the league’s most sought-after individual award.
Karl-Anthony Towns (Timberwolves), John Wall (Wizards), Devin Booker (Suns), and even a still-injured Cousins are listed as possible MVP candidates. Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James is the odds-on favorite to win the award and he’ll surely have his opportunity as the only star in LA.
While James will likely have another great year, the potential for him to slow down throughout the grueling 82-game season given how many minutes he’s already played in his career is prevalent. Davis – along with reigning MVP James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo – should be the favorites throughout the majority of the season if healthy.