Cavs-Warriors: Same Cast of Characters on Finals MVP Prop

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 1:11 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 30, 2018 1:11 PM UTC

Betting on the NBA Finals MVP is usually a pretty easy decision: Just wager on the best player on the team that you think will win the title. Let’s examine BetOnline’s Finals MVP prop.

<p>Does anyone else have <a href="">Cavaliers-Warriors fatigue? </a>This is the fourth straight NBA Finals matchup between the teams. That’s the first time in the four major American pro sports leagues that has happened (obviously the NFL is just one game, but it’s relevant to the Super Bowl).</p><p>One company that doesn’t have Cavs-Dubs fatigue? Disney, which owns ABC/ESPN. Cleveland-Golden State is going to draw big ratings again simply because of the star power of LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Steph Curry. Had the Finals been Celtics-Rockets, the ratings – and probably overall betting action at SBR’s top-rated sportsbooks – would have dropped precipitously.</p><p>Let’s talk about the<a href=";book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow"> NBA Finals MVP prop at BetOnline</a>. Here are your options, with nary a surprise:</p><ul> <li>Kevin Durant -150</li> <li>Steph Curry +175</li> <li>LeBron James +700</li> <li>Draymond Green +1000</li> <li>Klay Thompson +1400</li> <li>Field +1800</li></ul><p>The Warriors have four All-Stars and they are all represented here. The Cavaliers have two All-Stars in LeBron and Kevin Love, but Love is expected to miss at least Game 1 of the Finals with the concussion-like symptoms that sidelined him most of Game 6 of the East Finals vs. Boston and all of Game 7. If you miss a game in the NBA Finals, you almost surely aren’t winning MVP.</p><p>Durant was last year’s Finals MVP as the Warriors beat the Cavs in five – of course, that was Durant’s first championship. KD scored at least 30 points in each of the games and averaged 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds. 5.4 assists and 1.6 blocks and shot 55.5% from the field, including 47.4% on three-pointers. He clearly was the MVP.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Who's responsible for this?! &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#NBAFinals&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#WhateverItTakes&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#CavsWarriors&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Emanuel Wallace (@MannyWallace) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;May 29, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>In 2016, LeBron was the MVP as he led that unlikely comeback from down 3-1 in the series. In Game 7, James had one of the most iconic blocked shots in league history. It was his third Finals MVP Award. That’s tied with Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Tim Duncan for second-most behind Michael Jordan’s six.</p><p>One interesting prop BetOnline offers is LeBron winning MVP at +900 with the Cavs still losing the series. That it doesn’t happen is -1800. Probably don’t need to remind you that the only player to win Finals MVP on a losing team was Jerry West in 1969 for the Lakers; that was the first year Finals MVP was given out.</p><p>There was some consideration given to James in 2015 when the Cavs lost in six games – had he been able to force a Game 7 and still lost, LeBron might have won it. Instead, the award was a surprise in that it went to Andre Iguodala. He became perhaps the most unlikely Finals MVP ever because he was the first to win it while never starting a regular-season game -- and he didn’t start in the Finals until Game 4. When you look at previous Finals MVPs, it’s pretty much all current or future Hall of Famers except for Detroit’s Chauncey Billups in 2004, but those Pistons were the last NBA champion without a Hall of Famer.</p><p>I don’t see a scenario where any member of the field wins this award considering all the Cavs are clowns other than LeBron and Love and the only other realistic Warrior might be Iguodala, and he’s <a href="">no sure thing to play</a> after missing the final four games of the West Finals with a knee injury. The best value is likely on Thompson as the Cavs probably do everything they can to suffocate Durant and Curry, not that it may work.</p><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Value Pick: Klay Thompson</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow">BetOnline</a></h2>
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