New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis continues, impossibly, to rise. Recently released odds for this season's MVP place Davis second, at +400, behind LeBron James (+275) of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rounding out the top five are Kevin Durant (+550), reigning MVP Steph Curry (+600), and last year's runner-up James Harden (+700).
Last year Davis finished fifth in MVP voting behind Curry, Harden, James, and Russell Westbrook. Along the way AD averaged 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, and a league leading 2.9 blocks per game. Davis also led the league in PER with an astounding 30.8. Thanks to his efforts the Pelicans made the playoffs where they were dispatched in four games by the eventual champion Golden State Warriors.
In addition to MVP odds Davis ranks third (+500) on potentially leading the league in scoring and ninth (+2000) in rebounding. Not too shabby for a guy who is only 22 years old. Bovada's over-under for the Pelicans as a team sits at 48.5, an improvement from last season's 45-37 campaign. 48.5 wins is the tenth highest in the league behind the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks, and Chicago Bulls.