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NBA Basketball Betting: Ranking The 4 Top NBA MVP Candidates

Posted by Stan Jenkins on 3/14/2015 12:28:08 PM

The NBA season has just five weeks left. You’re seeing LeBron James make a move at the award, but he’s running out of time in which to make his case. How will this be decided?

1 – James Harden, Houston

Harden has told his teammates on the Houston roster to climb aboard. The Arizona State product is shouldering the load for this team, and what has to be mentioned is that Houston is faring better than expected in the Western Conference even though it lost Chandler Parsons in the offseason, in what was thought to have been a death blow for this team’s title chances, at least in connection with the accompanying decision by Chris Bosh to stay with the Miami Heat. Houston has also, of course, lacked a healthy Dwight Howard for much of the season. Howard has missed a lot of time and is still not back in the Houston roster – he’s missed dozens of games in terms of accumulated actual court time. Harden has been averaging north of 25 points per game for just about all of the season. He’s also decided to devote a lot more effort and energy to playing defense – this is no longer the yawning, overpowering weakness it was a season ago. Mike Krzyzewski, also known as Coach K, kicked Harden’s butt during the FIBA World Cup of Basketball. He convinced Harden to make himself into a better defensive player, and after the United States easily won that international tournament in early September, Harden came home to Houston and decided to apply himself this NBA season. He is making a large difference for the Rockets, and that cannot be denied.

2 – Stephen Curry, Golden State

Curry is the best player on the best team in the league. That’s the big trump card he has over other candidates. LeBron James is the best player in the league, but he’s not on the best team. Golden State is better, and so is Atlanta. Cleveland might be a sexy NBA title pick, but the Cavs trail Atlanta by a ton of games. What’s happening with Cleveland is why Curry, being with Golden State, has a much better chance of being recognized as the most valuable player in the league. He has been at or near the top of the league in steals throughout the season. He has been in the top seven to eight players in the NBA in terms of assists per game. He isn’t an overwhelmingly high-volume scorer, but that’s because he has Klay Thompson in the same backcourt and is getting everyone else involved. Voters see that and can appreciate what Curry brings to the table.

3 – Anthony Davis, New Orleans

Davis scored 43 points the other night for the Pelicans. He has enabled this team to stay in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. New Orleans is probably going to have a winning season, which is what the team reasonably could have expected to achieve. Without Davis, where would this team be? Probably about 15 games worse. That’s a great argument for Davis.

4 – LeBron James, Cleveland

LeBron is the best player in the league, and he’s been amazing the past month. However, the first two to three months of the season were a disaster for him, so he has an uphill battle in terms of being able to catch up enough to win the award.

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