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Durant Becomes the Runaway NBA Finals MVP Favorite

Two games into the 2017 NBA Finals, one man has emerged as the undisputed favorite to win the Finals MVP Award in the sports betting universe.

Kevin Durant is the heavy -250 favorite to win the hardware at BetOnline, with Stephen Curry (+225), LeBron James (+900), Draymond Green (+1600), Klay Thompson (+5000), Kyrie Irving (+5000) and Kevin Love (+5000) also available to wager on.

Durant has started things off with a bang in his Finals debut with the Warriors, averaging 35.5 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists through the opening two games. Durant has scored 71 points on 48 shots in that span, which is especially impressive when you realize Harrison Barnes scored 65 points on 71 shots in seven games of last year's Finals as Golden State's starting small forward.

Curry and Green have also been monsters thus far, so if you think either of them will overtake KD, there's tons of value if you're backing them right now.

Where's your money going? Have your say in the comment section.

2017 NBA Finals MVP Odds

Odds as of June 7 at BetOnline

  • Kevin Durant -250
  • Stephen Curry +225
  • LeBron James +900
  • Draymond Green +1600
  • Klay Thompson +5000
  • Kyrie Irving +5000
  • Kevin Love +5000

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With the NBA Finals finally here, a new favorite to win the MVP award has emerged at sportsbooks.

Kevin Durant is the new +200 front-runner to capture the hardware at Bovada, with LeBron James (+225), Stephen Curry (+275), Draymond Green (+600), Kyrie Irving (+900), Klay Thompson (+1600), Kevin Love (+2500), the field (+2500) and Andre Iguodala (+6600) also available to wager on.

This is the third straight time the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have collided in the championship but it's the first go around for Durant. Since departing Oklahoma City for the greener pastures in Oakland, the "Slim Reaper" has been an absolute monster for the stacked Warriors while transitioning seamlessly to Golden State's high-octane offense.

Picking a Finals MVP is especially tough this year when you consider the abundance of talent both squads possess. If you're leaning toward the Cavs repeating as champs, however, a bet on James is a no-brainer. Bron Bron has once again kicked his game into another level in the playoffs and doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon. King James' odds are actually better than they were a year ago when he was the +170 fave to win the trophy.

These odds will worsen as the series goes along, so the time to get your bets in is now while the plus-money value is still there. Who are you backing?

2017 NBA Finals MVP Odds

Odds as of June 1 at Bovada

  • Kevin Durant +200
  • LeBron James +225
  • Stephen Curry +275
  • Draymond Green +600
  • Kyrie Irving +900
  • Klay Thompson +1600
  • Kevin Love +2500
  • Any other player +2500
  • Andre Iguodala +6600

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With the NBA conference finals nearing a close, sportsbooks have their eyes on the NBA Finals and one prop in particular: the NBA Finals MVP Award.

When it comes to which man is favored to take home the hardware this time around at BetOnline, a pair of Golden State Warriors top the list. Stephen Curry (+210), Kevin Durant (+210), LeBron James (+260), Draymond Green (+550), Kyrie Irving (+1600), Klay Thompson (+2000) and Kevin Love (+3300) are available to wager on.

As of this writing, the Warriors had already booked their third straight ticket to the Finals while the Cavaliers led their series with the Boston Celtics 2-1.

James opened as the +170 favorite to win the 2016 NBA Finals MVP Award, but he was -190 ahead of the epic Game 7 which saw Cleveland finish off the dramatic comeback from a 3-1 series deficit. King James was awarded the bragging rights after finishing with 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds in Game 7, joining Jerry West and James Worthy as the only players to post a triple-double in the final game of an NBA Finals.

If we know anything about these types of props, it’s that the value diminishes as each game goes on. So if you’re particularly confident in backing a certain player or players, the time to do it is now while you can still get value.

2017 NBA Finals MVP Odds

Odds as of May 23 at BetOnline

  • Stephen Curry +210
  • Kevin Durant +210
  • LeBron James +260
  • Draymond Green +550
  • Kyrie Irving +1600
  • Klay Thompson +2000
  • Kevin Love +3300

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