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17 Feb 2005

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua – (PRESS RELEASE) -- The first half of the NBA season has been highlighted by the excellent play of several of the league's brightest stars. With a number of players having career years, this year's MVP award race could be one the closest in league history. Now that the NBA is reaching its All-Star break, today announced updated odds on which player will win the league's Most Valuable Player award.

A leading offshore gaming company for over 10 years, currently has Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns as the favorite to win the league MVP at 5/2 odds (i.e., win $5 for every $2 bet). The Cleveland Cavaliers 20-year-old phenom LeBron James currently stands at 9/2 odds to become the youngest player in history to win the league's highest honor. Shaquille O'Neal's impact on the Heat hasn't gone unnoticed either and the "Big Aristotle" is listed at 5/1 to take home the MVP award. Other leading candidates to be named the NBA's best player include: two-time MVP winner Tim Duncan (8/1); last year's winner Kevin Garnett (10/1); Mavericks All-Star Dirk Nowitzki (10/1); Suns center Amare Stoudamire (10/1); the Lakers Kobe Bryant (15/1); and Miami's Dwayne Wade (18/1).

"Steve Nash's impact on the Suns success has been the biggest story of the first half of the NBA season. Not only is he averaging a double-double and leading the NBA in assists, but the Suns have already surpassed last year's win total under his direction," said Michael Perry, senior oddsmaker at "If not for Nash's amazing season, this could be a three horse race between LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal and Tim Duncan whose tremendous efforts have made their respective teams serious contenders for the NBA championship."

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