2023 NBA Finals MVP Odds: Jokic Wins, Can Return Home to Horses

The Denver Nuggets are NBA champions, and Nikola Jokic can now enjoy a relaxing summer at the stables after thoroughly working the Miami Heat in a five-game win, delivering on his heavily-favored Finals MVP odds.

Jun 13, 2023 • 08:26 ET • 3 min read

The NBA Finals bring some of the most intense basketball of year, and in a league very much predicated on superstar talent, it's a time for the league's best and brightest to shine.

The NBA playoffs have wrapped, and the best did indeed shine, with Nikola Jokic dominating Miami en route to the first Bill Russell trophy since its legendary namesake's passing.

With the season wrapped, let's take a look at the closing Finals MVP NBA odds while the Denver Nuggets bask in the glory of their win.

2023 NBA Finals MVP odds

Player Team DraftKings
Nikola Jokic Browns Denver Nuggets -5,000
Jimmy Butler Browns Miami Heat +3,000
Jamal Murray Browns Denver Nuggets +3,000
Bam Adebayo Browns Miami Heat +4,000
Aaron Gordon Browns Denver Nuggets +20,000
Caleb Martin Browns Miami Heat +50,000
Gabe Vincent Browns Miami Heat +50,000
Max Strus Browns Miami Heat +50,000
Michael Porter Jr. Browns Denver Nuggets +50,000
Tyler Herro Browns Miami Heat +50,000

Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook, as of June 12, 2023.

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NBA Finals MVP favorites

Nikola Jokic (-5,000)

The Denver Nuggets have reached their first-ever NBA Finals, with Nikola Jokic putting up an endless string of triple-doubles to lead the way. The two-time MVP averaged damn near 28/15/12 in the WCF, after dropping 35/13/10 on the Suns, putting Denver on the brink of its first title in franchise history. 

Despite losing out to Joel Embiid for his third regular-season MVP trophy, Jokic is a massive favorite to add some new, more coveted hardware to his trophy case, with the Nuggets throttling the Heat in Games 3 and 4 — and Jokic dropping only 23 points and 12 rebounds in Game 4 (after posting the first 30/20/10 game in NBA Finals history).

Despite continued brilliance from Jamal Murray, Jokic is the obvious favorite as Denver sits one win away from a title.

Jimmy Butler (+3,000)

The Boston Celtics appeared primed to make history, but Jimmy Butler led a defiant resistance in Game 7 to crush the Celts' rally from down 0-3.

The Miami Heat thus advanced to the Finals, and seemingly needed more Butler heroics to remain competitive with Denver.

While the Heat stole Game 2, it was moreso Bam Adebayo and some competent role play that got the W, and Butler might finally be running out of steam after a brilliant playoffs — the Finals have been by far his most pedestrian series thus far. 

Still, this is Jimmy Buckets — if the Heat rally (again) from this massive series deficit... he will likely be the one leading the charge. 

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.ll 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.

All of the odds listed above are in American format, but if you prefer decimal or fractional odds, simply plug them into our odds converter tool.

NBA Finals MVP odds trends

Here are some trends you'll want to keep in mind when placing a bet on NBA Finals MVP:

  • Only one player (Jerry West, 1969) has ever won Finals MVP on the losing team.

  • No true center has won Finals MVP since Shaquille O'Neal in 2002.

  • Forwards have won 11 of the past 12 Finals MVPs

NBA Finals MVP history

The adage of needing versatile forwards in today's NBA rings especially true when looking at the recent Finals MVP winners. Despite Giannis being one of the most position-amorphous players in NBA history, eight of the past 10 Finals MVPs have been, at least by some defintion, small forwards.

Year Player Team
2022 Stephen Curry Browns Golden State Warriors
2021 Giannis Antetokounmpo Browns Milwaukee Bucks
2020 LeBron James Browns Los Angeles Lakers
2019 Kawhi Leonard Browns Toronto Raptors
2018 Kevin Durant Browns Golden State Warriors
2017 Kevin Durant Browns Golden State Warriors
2016 LeBron James Browns Cleveland Cavaliers
2015 Andre Iguodala Browns Golden State Warriors
2014 Kawhi Leonard Browns San Antonio Spurs
2013 LeBron James Browns Miami Heat

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