LeBron James, MVP for the Second Straight Year

NBA Betting OddsFor the second consecutive year, LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the NBA betting , according to Monday's Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper.

With this nomination, James will become the tenth player in NBA odds history and the second youngest to receive the trophy "Maurice Podoloff" in two consecutive seasons. The NBA will announce the official results of the vote on Sunday.

The forward, 25, joins Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Moses Malone Chamberlain, Wilt, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to win this prestigious award at least two years in series . Of these, only Bird, Chamberlain and Russell did not win the award three consecutive years. Abdul-Jabbar won the double in 1972, with a few months younger than LeBron.

James had averaged 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 8.6 assists per game.

The NBA commissioner, David Stern, expects to deliver the trophy to James formally before Monday's game when the Cavaliers face the Boston Celtics in their semifinal of the Western Conference playoffs.

The Cavaliers won 61 games this season and are favorites to win their first NBA title.

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