Skip Bayless: LeBron James has advantage in MVP race

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Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant may be most people's favorite to claim the MVP award this season but ESPN's Skip Bayless is not so sure.

LeBron James has won the award in the previous past two seasons as the Miami Heat swept to successive NBA championships. James once again lit up the league last night as he scored 42 points in a win against the Dallas Mavericks.

Durant's Thunder did not play but will face off against the Heat on Thursday night in what could be a Finals preview. Russell Westbrook is expected to return from a long-term injury for the matchup but that might not help Durant in his quest for personal glory.

Bayless tweeted that he now believes the tide has turned in the MVP race: "LeBron James is now a close second to KD in the MVP race, and KD's green light will dim with Westbrook's return. Advantage, LeBron."

When the Thunder faced the Heat earlier in the season, Durant's team ran out winners with the star forward notching 33 points.

However the Heat still hold the bragging rights over their rivals after their 4-1 Finals victory in 2012.

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