As the basketball world prepares for Game 7 of the NBA Finals, sportsbooks are once again welcoming action on Most Valuable Player odds.
It's been a week since the prop was on the board. Draymond Green, who was the heavy favorite throughout the series, shot himself in the foot by hitting LeBron James below the belt in Game 4 and getting suspended for it. After Cleveland rattled off a pair of wins in Games 5 and 6, LeBron James has become a heavy -190 favorite to become MVP at Sportsbook.
Stephen Curry (+250), Klay Thompson (+750), Green (+900) and Kyrie Irving (+2000) are also on the list. If the Cavs win, the hardware will almost surely go to King James. But if Golden State pulls it off, there could be some great value on any of the Warriors in plus money.
Could James win the trophy even if the Cavs lose Game 7? It's possible, but it's not likely. Jerry West is the only player to ever be named NBA Finals MVP on the losing team after his L.A. Lakers fell to the Boston Celtics in 1969.
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Game 3 represented a significant shift in the 2016 NBA Finals, as the Cleveland Cavaliers finally awoke from their slumber and pummelled the Golden State Warriors 120-90 in front of their hometown fans. The Dubs still hold a 2-1 series lead, but sportsbooks are starting to protect themselves in case the Cavs mount a comeback.
In NBA Finals MVP Award odds at Sportsbook, Warriors power forward Draymond Green is still a +100 favorite, but the market has been on the move. Stephen Curry (+165), LeBron James (+400), Klay Thompson (+1200) and Kyrie Irving (+1600) have the likeliest chances to win the hardware.
Thanks to a 32-point, 11 rebounds and six assists effort, James’ odds have fallen from +600 to +400 at the shop. Irving’s have dropped from +2500 to +1600 in the wake of his 30-point, eight assists and four boards performance. The point guard had 19 points at halftime.
The biggest mover is the unheralded Harrison Barnes. Barnes, who was priced at +800 before Game 3 tipped off, is now +8000. The 24-year-old was +15000 after the Sportsbook two games of the series.
In NBA Finals MVP Award markets, one man has emerged as the sole favorite.
Draymond Green is the +100 fave to win the hardware at Sportsbook, with Stephen Curry (+140), LeBron James (+600), Klay Thompson (+900) and Andre Iguodala (+1400) also near the top of odds lists. Green and Curry were tied earlier in the week, but the Michigan State product has since leapfrogged the point guard.
Green is averaging 22 points, nine rebounds, 7.4 assists and two blocks per game in the NBA Finals. Simply put, the Cavs have no match for the power forward.
Considering that only two teams have come back from an 0-2 deficit in the Finals since 1977, the Cavs will be in tough to accomplish the feat. But if you think they’ll be able to eclipse the Warriors, the time is now to grab a player from the wine and gold.
The Golden State Warriors hold a commanding 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals after Game 2, and that’s showing in Bill Russell Most Valuable Player odds.
Stephen Curry and Draymond Green top MVP odds lists at Sportsbook, with LeBron James (+600), Klay Thompson (+900) and Andre Iguodala (+1400) also in the mix.
Curry totalled just 11 points on 4-for-15 shooting in Game 1, but followed that up with an 18-point effort in the second matchup. Green struggled immensely against Oklahoma City’s athletic big men in the West finals, however, he’s been on fire on the game’s biggest stage. Green erupted for 28 points in Game 2, a 110-77 victory.
Iguodala, the 2016 MVP, has seen his stock drop from +2500 since Sportsbook. Iggy finished with 12 points and seven rebounds in Game 1 before collecting seven points and five boards in the second contest. The 32-year-old was a game-high +28 on Sunday.
When it comes to 2016 Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP betting, one man stands alone atop of odds lists: Wardell Stephen Curry.
At Sportsbook, Curry is a -125 favorite to win the hardware. The sharpshooter was +550 when the prop opened on May 26, as his squad was in a 3-1 hole in the Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder at that point.
LeBron James (+240), Klay Thompson (+475), Kyrie Irving (+750), Draymond Green (+850) round out the top five at the shop. James is a two-time Sportsbook of the award after his Miami Heat hoisted the Larry O’Brien Trophy in 2012 and 2013.
Sharp bettors looking for value would be wise to consider Andre Iguodala at +2500. Iguodala was an extreme +125000 long shot to become MVP prior to Game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals but went on to have the series of his life against the Cavs. If history repeats itself, it could lead to big payouts at that price.
The NBA conference finals haven't wrapped up yet, but a new favorite to win the 2016 Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP has emerged at sportsbooks.
At Sportsbook, Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Stephen Curry has leapfrogged LeBron James to become the +145 fave. James' new odds come in at +210 after Sportsbook with a price of +170 last week.
Klay Thompson (+500), Draymond Green (+600) and Kyrie Irving (+800) are the next likeliest players to win the hardware. As of May 30, the Warriors-Thunder West finals series was knotted at three.
It's fairly obvious the shop is expecting the Dubs to win the series, as OKC's Kevin Durant (+1000) and Russell Westbrook (+1200) are further down the list. If you think the Thunder can pull out a win in Game 7 and advance to the Finals, that's some fantastic value.
Interestingly enough, 2015 Finals MVP Andre Igoudala remains off the board for this prop. Last year the sixth man was a +125000 extreme long shot to win the award before the series began.
The NBA Finals isn’t here yet, but one online sportsbook is already offering odds on which player will be crowned the 2016 Bill Russell Finals MVP.
Sportsbook has released the MVP prop with a familiar face atop the list. LeBron James is a +170 favorite to take home the hardware, while Kevin Durant (+325), Russell Westbrook (+400), Stephen Curry (+550) and Kyrie Irving (+650) are right on his heels.
As of May 26, four teams remained in the hunt for the Larry O’Brien Trophy. The Cleveland Cavaliers held a 3-2 series lead over the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference finals, and the Oklahoma City Thunder lead the Golden State Warriors 3-1 in the West.
Needless to say, those odds are going to shrink significantly when the Finals pairing reveals itself, so sharp bettors would be wise to get their bets in sooner rather than later.
Last year Andre Igoudala came out of nowhere to become the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP. The sixth man was a +125000 long shot to win the award prior to Game 1, and some books didn’t even have his odds available before the series began.