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2021 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Odds

 
July 18, 2021
by VI News
VegasInsider.com

The NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (which is now named after former Celtics' great Bill Russell) is given to the top player for his performance in this final round.

Chris Paul, point guard of the Phoenix Suns was the top betting choice prior to the series and after the Suns owned a 1-0, 2-0 and 2-1 lead.

However, we've seen the oddsmakers make more adjustments after the Bucks took a 3-2 series lead over the Suns with three straight victories.

The new front-runner is Milwaukee superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo at -350 odds (Bet $350 to win $100) -- per BetMGM.

Devin Booker of the Suns was at +190 after the Game 4 loss but his number has jumped back up to 5/1 odds (Bet $100 to win $500).

Paul was as high as +260 on Thursday but his odds are at +900 as of Sunday morning.

The only other player in the vicinity to the top three betting choices is Khris Middleton of Milwaukee at 20/1 odds.


Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 32.2 PPG, 13.0 RPG and 5.6 APG through the first five games of the NBA Finals. (AP)

2021 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Odds (After Game 5)

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) -350
  • Devin Booker (PHX) +500
  • Chris Paul (PHX) +900
  • Khris Middleton (MIL) +2000
  • Jrue Holiday (MIL) +6600
  • Deandre Ayton (PHX) +25000
  • Brook Lopez (MIL) +100000
  • Mikal Bridges (PHX) +100000
  • Jae Crowder (PHX) +100000
  • Cameron Payne (PHX) +100000
  • Pat Connaughton (MIL) +100000
  • Bobby Portis (MIL) +100000

2021 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Odds (After Game 4)

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) +130
  • Chris Paul (PHX) +190
  • Devin Booker (PHX) +250
  • Khris Middleton (MIL) +2200
  • Deandre Ayton (PHX) +10000
  • Jrue Holiday (MIL) +20000
  • Jae Crowder (PHX) +25000
  • Brook Lopez (MIL) +50000
  • Mikal Bridges (PHX) +50000
  • Cameron Payne (PHX) +50000
  • P.J. Tucker (MIL) +100000
  • Pat Connaughton (MIL) +100000
  • Bobby Portis (MIL) +100000
  • Cameron Johnson (PHX) +100000

2021 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Odds (After Game 3)

  • Chris Paul (PHX) -165
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) +240
  • Devin Booker (PHX) +600
  • Deandre Ayton (PHX) +2500
  • Khris Middleton (MIL) +4000
  • Jrue Holiday (MIL) +12500
  • Mikal Bridges (PHX) +12500
  • Jae Crowder (PHX) +12500
  • Cameron Payne (PHX) +25000
  • Brook Lopez (MIL) +30000
  • Cameron Johnson (PHX) +50000
  • P.J. Tucker (MIL) +100000
  • Jeff Teague (MIL) +100000
  • Bryn Forbes (MIL) +100000
  • Pat Connaughton (MIL) +100000
  • Bobby Portis (MIL) +100000
  • Torrey Craig (PHX) +100000

2021 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Odds (After Game 2)

  • Chris Paul (PHX) -135
  • Devin Booker (PHX) +200
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) +500
  • Deandre Ayton (PHX) +2000
  • Khris Middleton (MIL) +2200
  • Mikal Bridges (PHX) +4000
  • Jrue Holiday (MIL) +8000
  • Brook Lopez (MIL) +25000
  • Jae Crowder (PHX) +25000
  • Cameron Johnson (PHX) +25000
  • Cameron Payne (PHX) +25000
  • P.J. Tucker (MIL) +50000
  • Bobby Portis (MIL) +50000
  • Torrey Craig (PHX) +50000

2021 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Odds (After Game 1)

  • Chris Paul (PHX) -145
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) +350
  • Devin Booker (PHX) +350
  • Khris Middleton (MIL) +1000
  • Deandre Ayton (PHX) +1800
  • Jrue Holiday (MIL) +10000
  • Mikal Bridges (PHX) +10000
  • Cameron Payne (PHX) +10000
  • P.J. Tucker (MIL) +12500
  • Jae Crowder (PHX) +15000
  • Cameron Johnson (PHX) +15000
  • Bobby Portis (MIL) +20000
  • Brook Lopez (MIL) +25000
  • Dario Saric (PHX) +25000
  • Torrey Craig (PHX) +15000

2021 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Odds (Prior to Series)

  • Chris Paul (PHX) +140
  • Devin Booker (PHX) +275
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) +300
  • Khris Middleton (MIL) +800
  • Jrue Holiday (MIL) +2000
  • Deandre Ayton (PHX) +2000
  • Brook Lopez (MIL) +10000
  • Cameron Payne (PHX) +10000
  • P.J. Tucker (MIL) +10000
  • Mikal Bridges (PHX) +15000
  • Jae Crowder (PHX) +15000
  • Dario Saric (PHX) +15000
  • Jevon Carter (PHX) +15000
  • Torrey Craig (PHX) +15000
  • Cameron Johnson (PHX) +15000
  • Jeff Teague (MIL) +20000
  • Bryn Forbes (MIL) +20000
  • Pat Connaughton (MIL) +20000
  • Bobby Portis (MIL) +20000

Odds provided by BetMGM - subject to change

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There isn't one player taking the court in this series that has won an NBA title in their career. Obviously that means whoever captures the Most Valuable Player award, it will be the first of their career.

Favorites to Watch

Chris Paul, Phoenix (-165)

Paul finally reached the pinnacle of the NBA playoffs in his 16th season by leading the Suns to the NBA Finals. The future Hall-of-Fame point guard is averaging 24.7 points per game in the last eight postseason contests, including dropping 41 points on the Clippers in the Western Conference Finals clincher.


Suns' guard Chris Paul is listed as the favorite to win the NBA Finals MVP at 7/5 odds (+140) vs. the Bucks. (AP)

Devin Booker, Phoenix (+600)

Booker made plenty of headlines last season by leading the Suns to a perfect 8-0 record in the NBA Bubble, but Phoenix fell short of the playoffs. The Suns finally got over the hump this season and then some, led by Booker's 27.0 points per game in the playoffs.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee (+240)

The two-time regular season MVP has finally made the Finals, although he is nursing a hyperextended knee that kept him sidelined for the last two games of the Eastern Conference Finals. The "Greek Freak" is putting up 28.2 points per game and 12.7 rebounds per contest in the playoffs, while scoring at least 30 points in seven of the last nine games.

Worth a Shot?

Deandre Ayton, Phoenix (+2500)

Ayton put together his third straight season averaging double-figures in both points and rebounds, while posting 16.2 points per game during Phoenix's run to the Finals. The former top pick of the 2018 draft put up 11 double-doubles in the playoffs, as he is looking to become the first true center to win the Finals MVP since Shaquille O'Neal grabbed the honor for the Lakers in 2002.


2021 NBA Finals MVP Odds Comparison

The NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is given to the top basketball player in the NBA Playoffs.

Previous NBA Finals MVP Award Winners

  • 2020 - LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2019 - Kawhi Leonard, Toronto Raptors
  • 2018 - Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
  • 2017 - Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
  • 2016 - LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2015 - Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors
  • 2014 - Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
  • 2013 - LeBron James, Miami Heat
  • 2012 - LeBron James, Miami Heat
  • 2011 - Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks

For the most part, there aren't a lot of dark horse winners of the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award.

Over the last 10 years, three players have won the honor multiple times LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, and Kevin Durant.

The only player that was not among the favorites was Golden State's Andre Iguodala, who averaged 16.3 points per game during its 2015 NBA Finals triumph over Cleveland. Iguodala was as high as 100/1 odds when the series started to claim the MVP honor, which is more of the exception than the rule.


  
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