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Best bets, long shot to win 2023 NBA All-Star Game MVP

We share our favorite picks to win NBA All-Star Game MVP in Salt Lake City on Sunday.

2023 NBA All-Star - NBA All-Star Practice presented by AT&T
Kyrie Irving of the Dallas Mavericks shoots the ball during NBA All-Star Practice presented by AT&T as part of 2023 NBA All Star Weekend on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Photo by Catalina Fragoso/NBAE via Getty Images

The 2023 NBA All-Star Game will take place Sunday, February 19 with tipoff set for 8:30 p.m. ET. The All-Star draft will take place right before the event, which could create some additional drama among the players.

The All-Star Game MVP award, named in honor of Kobe Bryant, will be given to the top performer in the contest. Stephen Curry won the award in 2022 but he’s out for this contest due to a leg injury. There has been no repeat winner since Russell Westbrook won back-to-back All-Star Game MVP awards in 2015 and 2016.

Here’s a look at our favorite picks for this year’s All-Star Game MVP award, with odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

NBA All-Star Game MVP odds

Favorite pick: Kyrie Irving (+800)

Irving has been a bit of a lightning rod this season, but his trade request and contract demands set the tone for the point guard’s future. Irving is looking for a deal this offseason, and he’s trying to avoid any performance-based incentives. A good way for him to show he’s still a top player in this league is to dominate the All-Star Game. Teams will always be intrigued by Irving’s talent, but this is a great way for him to build momentum towards landing a big contract in the offseason.

Sleeper pick: Nikola Jokic (+1800)

Jokic isn’t much of a scorer in these contests, preferring to dish the rock to his teammates more. That typically doesn’t bode well for his MVP chances, especially in a game where minimal defense is played. However, the two-time reigning league MVP will have the numbers to be in consideration and could get rewarded by voters for his stellar campaign this year. Those narratives typically shouldn’t be involved in the All-Star Game MVP process, but they can play a part. At +1800, Jokic is among the more realistic longshot bets.

All-Star Game MVP Full Odds

LeBron James: +550
Damian Lillard: +650
Joel Embiid: +700
Luka Doncic: +800
Jayson Tatum: +800
Kyrie Irving: +800
Donovan Mitchell: +950
Giannis Antetokounmpo: +1000
Ja Morant: +1200
Nikola Jokic: +1800
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: +2200
Anthony Edwards: +2500
Lauri Markkanen: +3500
Paul George: +4000
De’Aaron Fox: +4500
Pascal Siakam: +6000
Julius Randle: +8000
Jaylen Brown: +8000
Tyrese Haliburton: +9000
Jrue Holiday: +10000
Domantas Sabonis: +10000
Bam Adebayo: +10000
Jaren Jackson Jr.: +15000
DeMar DeRozan: +15000