Even though the NBA playoffs haven't started yet, there are already NBA Finals MVP odds available. The regular season in the NBA is a long grind, but playoff basketball is a whole different atmosphere.
The NBA playoffs are set to begin this Saturday & it's never too early to start looking for value as a sports bettor! Handicapping the regular season in the NBA is largely about motivation, but everyone is motivated for the playoffs. The sharpest bettors often looked at NBA props like Most Valuable Player for value. The individual games often have tight lines this time of the year, so looking elsewhere to pad your bankroll isn't a bad idea. Let's take a closer look at some NBA Finals MVP Predictions with NBA odds from Ladbrokes.
NBA Finals MVP Odds- The Favorites
LeBron James (11/4) Who else would be the favorite? The Cleveland Cavaliers are the favorite to win the NBA Championship, and LeBron is the best player on the planet, so he has to be the favorite. James has deferred a bit more this year, but don't let that make you think that he can't take over a game at any time. The Miami Heat didn't win the NBA title last year, but it definitely wasn't James' fault they went down in that series. Early in his career, there were a lot of questions about how clutch he is, but I think he has answered those now.
Stephen Curry (16/5) Curry is the leader for a team that won 67 games in the regular season and was the best team in the league from start to finish. This guy is an absolute microwave who can go off at any moment. The Western Conference is going to be difficult to navigate through, but the Warriors have been great on both the offensive and defensive ends. This seems like a fair price to me for Curry.
NBA Finals MVP Odds- Other Contenders
Kawhi Leonard (10/1) Leonard is clearly the Spurs best player now. He shined in the NBA Finals last year to take home this award. The Spurs haven't been at their best all year, but San Antonio is playing as well as anyone in the league entering the playoffs. I never count this team out, and Leonard would likely be the guy to win it if the Spurs end up repeating as champions.
James Harden (12/1) This is an interesting one, because in my estimation the Rockets aren't very likely to win the NBA Finals, but if they do, Harden will almost certainly be the guy that wins the MVP. Houston finished as the second seed in the Western Conference, but I don't see them getting too far, so I think this is a good one to avoid.
NBA Finals MVP Odds- Longshots
Tim Duncan (28/1) In what is likely Tim Duncan's last year in the NBA, there couldn't be a much better storyline than the Spurs winning it all and Duncan being the MVP of the Finals. Sure it isn't too likely at his age, but he's still rock solid and 28/1 isn't a bad value.
Marc Gasol (50/1 at Ladbrokes) Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies have gone largely under the radar this year, but they have been tremendous all year long. I realize Gasol is a little bit banged up right now, but it doesn't seem like his injury is too severe. After all, he did put up 33 points and 13 rebounds in the regular season finale! This is definitely a nice price to consider for your NBA picks.
NBA Finals MVP Odds- Predictions
LeBron James is the most likely to win this award in my opinion, but you have to decide whether you really want to lock up money for the long term on someone at just 11/4 odds. For myself, I'd rather try to find a good value play. Who is that guy? I've given you a few options above, but if I were to take two it would be Kawhi Leonard and Marc Gasol. At 10/1, Leonard is no longshot, but the Spurs aren't a team anyone wants to play this time of the year. Memphis is underrated as a team, and that allows Marc Gasol to stay way off the radar as evidenced by his 50/1 odds. Good luck betting on the NBA in the playoffs this year!