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NBA Finals MVP Odds: Antetokounmpo Now The Favorite

Giannis Antetokounmpo is the favorite in NBA Finals MVP odds.

The list of players with the best NBA Finals MVP odds has changed considerably over the last few weeks. Names like Paul George, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Donovan Mitchell, Nikola Jokic, James Harden and Kevin Durant all had spots at or near the top of the list this season and through the playoffs, but each one has fallen off completely as their teams suffered defeat.  

Now, the list has narrowed to three candidates for the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP, and someone other than James, Durant or Kawhi Leonard will win the award for just the second time in the last decade (Andre Igoudala in ’15).

Oddsmakers at BetOnline Sportsbook now have Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo as a heavy favorite in NBA Finals MVP odds at -400. Suns guards Devin Booker (+500) and Chris Paul (+650) round out the list.

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Here are the full 2021 NBA Finals MVP odds:

2021 NBA Finals MVP Odds

2021 NBA Finals MVP Odds
PlayerOdds
Giannis Antetokounmpo-400
Devin Booker+500
Chris Paul+650

Odds as of July 20 at BetOnline Sportsbook

The Contenders

It’s easy to see why oddsmakers list the Greek Freak, Booker and Paul on the NBA Finals MVP oddsboard as the best players on each team through five games of the series. 

Antetokounmpo and Booker rank first and second respectively in playoff points per game among remaining players, with Giannis posting back-to-back performances of 40-plus points in Games 2 and 3 of the Finals. Booker had 42 in a losing effort in Game 4 and 40 in another loss in Game 5.

Though he has been very good in these playoffs, the narrative around Antetokounmpo hasn’t really grown to legendary status per se. But that may be changing after he returned from injury to have three memorable outings. If the Bucks can close out the series and win the NBA title, he would win NBA Finals MVP in a landslide.

Paul, meanwhile, led all players with 32 points in the Suns’ Game 1 victory and had a solid showing in Game 2 with 23 points and eight assists. Being the heartbeat and leading scorer for the team that wins the title would make Paul a solid choice for Finals MVP. However, his poor showing in Game 4 opened the door for Booker, who has now passed him in NBA Finals MVP odds.

Best Bet: Devin Booker (+500)

We lost a lot of value on this bet after Game 4, but there isn’t much value in betting on Giannis. Antetokounmpo is a lock if he stays healthy and the Bucks win the title, but if the Suns come back to win the championship, there’s a good chance it’s because Booker keeps putting up huge numbers.


How To Read NBA Finals MVP Odds

When you visit your betting site of choice, you’ll notice the NBA Finals MVP odds laid out like this:

  • LeBron James -115
  • Anthony Davis +200
  • Jimmy Butler +800

Similar to a moneyline bet where favorites are shown by the minus sign (-) and underdogs have a plus sign (+), the player with the lowest odds is the fave. In this scenario, it’s LeBron. For his odds, you’d need to bet $115 to make $100 in profit. 

For other options like Jimmy Butler, his odds indicate what you’d get paid if you placed a $100 bet. If you made this bet and it hits, you’d win $900 – your $100 is returned along with $800 in profit.

If you were to bet on which player will be named MVP, you would be making a futures bet.

Our Odds Calculator can give you an idea of how much you’d win based on the MVP odds and the amount of money you bet.