According to oddsmakers at CarbonSports.ag, the Miami Heat (-300) have a 75 percent chance of repeating as NBA champions and LeBron James has a 71 percent chance of repeating as NBA Finals MVP.
The online sportsbook has posted odds on the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award, and James – of course – is the overwhelming favorite. Here’s a quick look at some of the notables, besides King James, and their odds to win NBA Finals MVP.
Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs (+500)
The Spurs are priced at +400 to win the NBA title (20 percent chance) and Parker would be a huge part of that upset. The veteran PG was a dark horse for regular season MVP and leads the team with 22.2 points and 6.5 assists this postseason. The other two components of the Spurs’ three-headed monster, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, are listed at +800 and +2,500 respectively.
Chris Bosh, Miami Heat (+1,000)
Bosh is the least sexy of the Heat’s “Big Three” but with Dwyane Wade’s (+1,000) knee hanging by a thread, he’ll need to step up for Miami. He’s played well this postseason and has turned up the intensity on defense. The Heat will look to Bosh to stretch the Pacers’ interior defense with his perimeter touch and keep their beasts off the boards in the East finals.
Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers (+2,500)
Oddsmakers are giving Indiana (+1,500) a slim 6.25 percent shot at winning the NBA title. If the Pacers can do the improbable, their big man in the middle will be the reason. Hibbert exploits the Heat’s hole in the paint and doesn’t have to score 20 points to have an impact.
Mike Conley Jr., Memphis Grizzlies (+5,000)
Conley isn’t the favorite among his teammates to win NBA Finals MVP – Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph both at +2,500 - but he’s been the stick that stirs the drink in Memphis. He’s scoring nearly three points more and dishing out an additional 1.6 assists per game in the postseason, compared to his season stats.
Here’s the full list of NBA Finals MVP odds:
LeBron James (Heat) -250
Tony Parker (Spurs) +500
Tim Duncan (Spurs) +800
Dwyane Wade (Heat) +1000
Chris Bosh (Heat) +1000
Paul George (Pacers) +1800
Roy Hibbert (Pacers) +1800
Manu Ginobili (Spurs) +2500
David West (Pacers) +2500
Zach Randolph (Grizzlies) +2500
Marc Gasol (Grizzlies) +2500
Mike Conley (Grizzlies) +5000
George Hill (Pacers) +7500
Field (Any Other Player) +1800