Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's MVP Aspirations Hang In The Balance As OKC Thunder Face Lakers In Pivotal Monday Matchup

Photo: Instagram/Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

The Oklahoma City Thunder (42-18) look to cement their status as Western Conference leaders with a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the team's standout guard and two-time All-Star, currently holds the spotlight in the MVP race, sitting second in odds according to FanDuel.

Fresh off a triumph against the Phoenix Suns, the Thunder face the Lakers and LeBron James on NBA TV, presenting a prime opportunity for Gilgeous-Alexander to showcase his prowess.

Photo: Instagram/Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

If he can deliver another stellar performance, overcoming a rest disadvantage, it could sway the MVP race firmly in his favor.

Averaging an impressive 31.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game, Gilgeous-Alexander has been a force on both ends of the court.

His remarkable efficiency, shooting at 54 percent from the floor, 38 percent from beyond the arc, and 88 percent at the free-throw line, further bolsters his MVP candidacy.

With the Thunder positioned for a playoff run and boasting a top-five offense and defense, a win on Monday could pave the way for Gilgeous-Alexander to claim the Most Valuable Player Award. The outcome against the Lakers, coupled with a favorable projection against Portland on Wednesday, may well solidify the Thunder's claim as the best team in the conference, elevating Gilgeous-Alexander to MVP frontrunner. (Source: Sports Illustrated)

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