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With less than a month remaining until the 2021-22 NBA regular season comes to a close, time is ticking for the league’s best players to assemble their MVP cases.

Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo have all jostled for the top spot this season, but Luka Doncic and Ja Morant have also put themselves in the conversation.

Jokic won the MVP last season after a sensational year with the Denver Nuggets. But who will it be this season?

Here is a look at the favorites to win the honor:

Who is the favorite to win the NBA MVP?

After ending as a finalist last season, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is still at the top of the favorites for MVP. 

Embiid still leads all players as of March 22, according to our partner, PointsBet

Jokic sits second, while Antetokounmpo, who entered the season as the favorite, is currently third. 

Here are the players with the highest odds to win the MVP:

Joel Embiid -165

Nikola Jokic +150

Giannis Antetokounmpo +450

Ja Morant +4000

Luka Doncic +4000

DeMar DeRozan +8000

Stephen Curry +10000

Devin Booker +10000

Jayson Tatum +30000

LeBron James +50000

You can find all of the odds for MVP here

Who are the most recent winners of the MVP?

As previously mentioned, Jokic won the award last season, while Antetokounmpo won it the two years prior. 

Here’s a look at some of the most recent winners of the MVP:

2021: Nikola Jokic

2020: Giannis Antetokounmpo

2019: Giannis Antetokounmpo

2018: James Harden

2017: Russell Westbrook

2016: Steph Curry

2015: Steph Curry

2014: Kevin Durant

2013: LeBron James

2012: LeBron James

Who has won the MVP the most in NBA history?

Since the award was created in 1955, there have been a number of multi-time winners of the MVP. 

Kareem-Abdul Jabbar has won it the most times: three with the Milwaukee Bucks and three with the Los Angeles Lakers, for a total of six. 

Both Michael Jordan and Bill Russell have won the award five times. Wilt Chamberlain and LeBron James each have taken home the trophy four times in their careers. 

Three players have been awarded the MVP three times — Moses Malone, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. There are a total of six players who have won the award twice, which includes Antetokounmpo, Curry, Tim Duncan, Steve Nash, Bob Pettit and Karl Malone. 

Editor’s note: All odds are provided by our partner, PointsBet. PointsBet is our Official Sports Betting Partner and we may receive compensation if you place a bet on PointsBet for the first time after clicking our links.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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