NBA MVP tiers: Favorites, biggest threats and high-upside long shots

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The NBA has presented its Most Valuable Player Award for 65 years, but rarely has the race been as wide open as it is right now. The league is chock-full of superstars trying to lead their teams to the title. Only one will claim this important regular-season crown.

A quick look at Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill reveals three clear tiers of MVP contenders early on, featuring a deep crew of established MVPs and potential first-timers.

Let's dive into these Las Vegas-focused tiers, the most intriguing early trends and the potentially undervalued candidates.

The front-runners