Handicapping the MVP race
Bidding to lead the NBA in scoring and assists; only Nate Archibald (1972--73) has done that. His efficiency is decent, and Houston is overachieving. Odds: even.
Will voters choose to ignore Oklahoma City's so-so record if Westbrook joins Oscar Robertson as the only players to average a triple double? Odds: 2 to 1
The best player on the best team always has a chance—and it will get better if Golden State can maintain its 70-win pace. Odds: 15 to 1
Top sleepers: LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard. Odds: 25 to 1