The second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs is nearly complete, and while the biggest focus is on who will win the Larry O'Brien Trophy, NBA Finals MVP odds are now heating up as well.
The most impactful thing in the NBA Playoffs so far has been the injury bug, which has sidelined a number of superstars already and hampered plenty more. But since an idea can't win MVP, we're still keenly watching all the hoops action as this popular player prop will be determined as players pick up their play, upsets continue to happen, and the postseason whittles down its contenders.
Here is your updated look at the odds to win NBA Finals MVP.
2021 NBA Finals MVP odds
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Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook, as of June 17, 2021
Favorites to win NBA Finals MVP
The Brooklyn Nets are one win away from reaching the Eastern Conference Finals and remain the favorites to win the NBA Finals, so it's no surprise that Kevin Durant (+175) leads the way in Finals MVP odds. Already with two Finals MVP trophies on his mantle, KD has been scorching hot thus far in the playoffs, most recently putting in a masterful performance in a Game 5 win over Milwaukee, playing all 48 minutes while dropping 49 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists — the first 45/15/10 game in NBA playoff history.
Phoenix already punched its ticket to the Western Conference Finals by dismantling Denver, so it's understandable that Suns offensive sparkplug Devin Booker has jumped up to second on the Finals MVP odds board at +500. Booker is averaging 27.9 points per game in the playoffs, but rises to the challenge of burying opponents — he dropped 47 in the series-clinching win over the Lakers and 34 to complete the sweep of Denver.
Booker's teammate Chris Paul has also risen into the Finals MVP conversation as he is tied with Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo for third at +700. "Point God" has been the catalyst that took the Suns to the next level this season and after overcoming a shoulder injury in Round 1, he averaged 25.5 points and had 41 assists against five turnovers versus the Nuggets. He did, however, test positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, so it is unknown how much (if any) time he will miss due to COVID protocols.
Antetokounmpo continues to pile up the points, averaging 27.4 per game in this year's playoffs, but his shooting woes (17.1% from three and 52.2% from the free-throw line) have again haunted him as the Bucks are staring at elimination against Brooklyn.
Rounding out the Top 5 is Utah's Donovan Mitchell, who is averaging 31.6 ppg for West No. 1 seed Utah in the playoffs but is clearly hampered by an ankle injury and is also facing elimination against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.
The NBA Finals MVP Award has been handed out 31 times and only once has it gone to a player on the losing team (Jerry West in 1969), a rookie (Magic Johnson in 1980) or a bench player (Andre Iguodala in 2015).
Understanding NBA Finals MVP odds
Sportsbooks will post NBA Finals MVP odds as early as the beginning of the playoffs. These NBA futures are constantly adjusted throughout the postseason depending on how well players perform as well as their team success. Sportsbooks will also adjust the NBA Awards odds based on handle and liability to certain players.
NBA Finals MVP odds will usually look like this:
- Kevin Durant +410
This means that on a $100 bet, you'll stand to win $410 if Durant takes home the NBA Finals MVP Award. If it's close to the end of the NBA Finals and a player has stood out as the obvious MVP of the series they might have a minus sign (-) ahead of their odds like this:
- LeBron James -155
This means that if you bet on LeBron to win Finals MVP, you would have needed to bet $155 to profit $100.
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