Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks stands for the National Anthem before their game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, Nov. 8, 2018. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo seems to be an even bigger favorite to win this year's NBA MVP award.

The 23-year-old currently averages 25.8 points, 12.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists in the 13 games he has played so far that has contributed to Milwaukee having a 10-4 regular season record so far.

Currently performing at a level way above his career average, if he keeps things up and the Bucks finish high up in the Eastern Conference by the end of the season, it almost looks a certainty for him to win the award.

Oddsmakers seem to agree as have Antetokounmpo as the +150 favorite as of the end of last week.

Coming in at second is New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis. A finalist for the award last season, Davis is currently averaging 25 points, 12.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists in the 11 games he has played so far this season.

Like Antetokounmpo, he too is playing above his career average and that sees his odds at +450. The Pelicans are currently 7-7 however, and if they only manage to sneak into the playoffs by the end of the season, it may affect the 25-year-old's chances, though many feel it should not play a role in the voting process.

Stephen Curry and Kawhi Leonard are both tied with +600 odds while LeBron James is surprisingly in fourth with +750 odds.

Curry will always be a contender given his importance to the Golden State Warriors while Leonard is enjoying a career renaissance with the Toronto Raptors that currently sees them top the Eastern Conference with a 12-3 record.

However, James should be having better odds, considering he currently averages 27.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.2 assists in the 14 games he has played so far.

And although the Los Angeles Lakers have struggled initially, they are now 8-6, have won four games in a row, and should be making the playoffs by the end of the season.

Below are all the latest odds for the 13 likeliest candidates:

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo +150
  • Anthony Davis +450
  • Kawhi Leonard +600
  • Stephen Curry +600
  • LeBron James +750
  • James Harden +1000
  • Kevin Durant +1000
  • Joel Embiid +1400
  • DeMar DeRozan +2000
  • Russell Westbrook +2200
  • Ben Simmons +3300
  • Damian Lillard +3300
  • Kemba Walker +5000

Odds comparison with Bovada

At the start of the month, Antetokounmpo was a +325 favorite to win the NBA MVP award, as per Bovada odds. But with the odds posted by, he has seen his chances significantly improve to +150. Davis, on the other hand, remains a +450 favorite.

James, meanwhile, dropped down from +450 to +750, with Curry and Leonard both slightly improving from +650 to +600.

Interestingly, James was the preseason +333 favorite to win the award, ahead of the likes of Davis (+400) and Antetokounmpo (+450). While his current odds don't view him as a likely contender, the 33-year-old is still the best player in the league and will always be in the conversation.

There is also over five months left in the regular season and form and injuries can change the odds dramatically as the season progresses.