NBA Finals MVP Odds: Durant, Harden, Leonard Among Top Picks
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The NBA Finals will be without LeBron James, Stephen Curry or Kobe Bryant for the first time since 2006. Still, NBA betting markets for the Finals MVP include familiar faces with championship experience and a few playoff stars on the rise.
|Kevin Durant||+300||Brooklyn Nets|
|James Harden||+550||Brooklyn Nets|
|Kawhi Leonard||+600||LA Clippers|
|Donovan Mitchell||+600||Utah Jazz|
|Kyrie Irving||+900||Brooklyn Nets|
|Devin Booker||+1000||Phoenix Suns|
|Joel Embiid||+1200||Philadelphia 76ers|
|G. Antetokounmpo||+1400||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Rudy Gobert||+1600||Utah Jazz|
Odds via DraftKings and current as of publication
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Durant Leads Nets Contingent
The favorite to win the 2021 Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Award at most top sportsbooks is Kevin Durant. KD is +300 at DraftKings. He won the award in consecutive years while playing with Curry for the Golden State Warriors in 2017-18.
Golden State beat James and the Cavaliers in five games in 2017 before sweeping Cleveland a year later. Kawhi Leonard was Finals MVP in 2019 for the Toronto Raptors. Now with the LA Clippers, he is the third choice at DraftKings at +600.
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There is value galore in this market. Three players for the Nets are among the top-five choices. If you’re leaning toward chalk, your first task is to pick one of the three - Kyrie Irving, James Harden or Durant - and focus your money in that direction. Durant has been there and won it before – twice. He knows how and when to elevate his superb talents on the biggest stage.
Irving won his title as a co-star for James in Cleveland. His mercurial personality and potential to wilt on the biggest stage remains his biggest challenge. Harden has already had injury issues surface in the postseason and won’t be getting any healthier as the playoffs progress.
Value Picks For NBA Finals MVP
The real value lies out West. Even a past winner like Leonard – who dominated Dallas in Game 7 of that first-round series when he was needed most – is a great play at +600. As is Phoenix shooting guard Devin Booker. The Suns have been on a magic carpet ride since their 8-0 run in the Bubble last year and Booker has been their supernova. Booker might be the best deal on the board right now given his price and Phoenix’s potential.
The value gets even better deeper on the board. Denver’s Nikola Jokic, who is the all-but-certain regular-season MVP, is +4000 to win the Finals top honor. It’s hard to pass on that.
Overall, barring injury, this market is relatively stable. Prices on some of the bigger names have held firm for weeks. Of course, before considering anyone for NBA Finals MVP, their respective team must actually reach the Finals first. If you’re shopping for value, hopping on someone whose team has promise to win its conference but is down early in its series – see Joel Embiid of the 76ers or Jokic – could be a smart play.
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