Nikola Jokic Is A Triple-Double Machine and Narrowing MVP Race

nikola jokic is a triple double machine and narrowing mvp race

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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic recorded his second straight triple-double Monday consisting of 32 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists in a 131-124 win over the Golden State Warriors.

It was the 18th triple-double of the season that the reigning MVP led in the league, and he’s now averaging 25.9 points, 13.8 rebounds and 8.1 assists for the season.

“We did a good job today, sharing the ball and scoring goals,” said Jokic. “We did very well in the transition phase. It’s always nice to have 30+ assists (as a team).”

The two-game jump sees Jokic’s MVP award odds fall and closes the gap between himself and current betting favorite Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Embiid’s excellence this season is unquestionable, but did the 76ers, who added star shooting guard James Harden, affect Embiid’s chances of winning the Maurice Podoloff Trophy?

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Nikola Jokic Current MVP Award Rates

DraftKings Sportsbook: +200

BetMGM: +180

FanDuel Sportsbook: +170

Caesar’s Sportsbook: +160

A crucial factor in the MVP award equation is the success of their team. While Denver is currently sixth in the Western Conference, the Nuggets are definitely headed in the right direction with an active 11-2 record.

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Denver Nuggets NBA Championship Odds

FanDuel Sportsbook: +2600

DraftKings Sportsbook: +3000

BetMGM: +3000

Caesars Sportsbook: +3000

Denver Nuggets Western Conference Odds

DraftKings Sportsbook: +1500

Caesars Sportsbook: +1500

FanDuel Sportsbook: +1200

BetMGM: +1200

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Jokic and the Nuggets have an away game against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, March 9th.

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Neil Parker

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