The Golden State Warriors don’t know who their opponent will be in the 2017 NBA Finals, but that hasn’t stopped 5Dimes from putting out Finals MVP odds. Let’s take a look.
The Golden State Warriors have barely been tested in these playoffs in becoming the first team to start a postseason with a 12-0 record. The Dubs are also the first team since the 2000-01 Los Angeles Lakers to enter the Finals undefeated (it didn’t take 12 wins back then).
Just one of those two of those 12 victories are by single digits. I believe that Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and Co. would have won the Western Conference for a third straight season regardless, but this team caught some major injury breaks. Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic barely played in Round 1. Jazz point guard George Hill played in just one game in the conference semifinals. And in the West Finals, the Warriors didn’t have to deal with Spurs point guard Tony Parker at all or arguably the NBA’s best all-around player, Kawhi Leonard, after about midway through Game 1.
So now the Warriors sit back and wait for their NBA Finals opponent, almost surely the Cleveland Cavaliers for a unprecedented third consecutive season. That will start on June 1 in Oakland, so the Dubs will be very well-rested. They are currently listed as -270 series NBA betting favorites against Cleveland, which is +230. An early Game 1 line has Golden State favored by a touchdown. That the Warriors finish these playoffs at 16-0 is +475.
5Dimes sportsbook also already has put out NBA Finals MVP odds with Durant a +215 favorite to win his first Finals MVP. This is Durant’s second trip to the Finals as his former Thunder squad lost to LeBron James’ Miami Heat team in five games in 2012. Durant played well that series, averaging 30.6 points on 54.8 percent shooting along with 6.0 rebounds. In 10 games these playoffs, Durant is putting up 25.2 points (55.6 percent shooting), 7.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 blocks. Presumably, Durant and LeBron would be guarding each other often in the Finals.
James is the +230 second-favorite. He won it for a third time in his career in leading the improbable comeback from 3-1 down against the Warriors in 2016. James became the third player to have a triple-double in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, joining Jerry West in 1969 and James Worthy in 1988. He had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in the clincher. And one amazing block. LeBron averaged 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 8.9 assists, 2.6 steals and 2.3 blocks in the Finals leading all players in each category. Only Michael Jordan (six) has won more Finals MVP Awards.
Your other betting options for this prop are Steph Curry (+235), Draymond Green (+7500), Kyrie Irving (+1700), Kevin Love (+5500) and Andre Iguodala (+5500). Iguodala was the unlikely winner of the 2015 Finals MVP, becoming the first player to garner the honor without starting every game.Bet On NBA Futures At SBR's Top Sportsbooks