DraftKings updated the futures market for 2022 NBA Finals MVP with Devin Booker the betting favorite at +400 odds, followed by Giannis ‘Greek Freak’ Antetokounmpo (+500), Chris Paul (+550), Steph Curry (+800), Jayson Tatum (+900), and Kevin Durant (+1100).
Devin Booker from the Phoenix Sus defends Giannis ‘Greek Freak’ Antetokounmpo from the Milwaukee Bucks. (Image: Getty)
If you watch “Winning Time” about the rise of the 1980s Showtime Lakers, then you’re aware the Jerry West was the only player in history to win the MVP from the losing side in the NBA Finals when the Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics in 1969.
Devin Booker (Suns) +400
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks) +500
Chris Paul (Suns) +550
Steph Curry (Warriors) +800
Jayson Tatum (Celtics) +900
Kevin Durant (Nets) +1100
Joel Embiid (76ers) +1500
Kyrie Irving (Nets) +1700
Jimmy Butler (Heat) +1800
Ja Morant (Grizzles) +2000
Donovan Mitchell (Jazz) +2500
Bam Adebayo (Heat) +3500
Jaylen Brown (Celtics) +3500
Deandre Ayton (Suns) +3500
Tyler Herro (Heat) +4500
Kyle Lowry (Heat) +4500
Mikal Bridges (Sun) +5000
James Harden (76ers) +5000
Khris Middleton (Bucks) +5500
Draymond Green (Warriors) +5500
Klay Thompson (Warriors) +6000
Nikola Jokic (Nuggets) +8000
Luka Doncic (Mavs) +9000
Jordan Poole (Warriors) +9000
Marcus Smart (Celtics) +10000
Karl-Anthony Towns (Timberwolves) +10000
Jrue Holiday (Bucks) +10000
Anthony Edwards (Timberwolves) +15000
Betting on the futures market for the NBA Finals MVP is simplistic when you pick the best player on the eventual champion. It’s not a coincidence that the top player from the overall betting favorites to win the 2022 champion — Booker and Greek Freak — are at the top of the betting board.
Favorites: Booker, Greek Freak, Curry, Tatum, KD
Booker and the Suns lost in the 2021 NBA Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks, but he’s on a specific mission to win it all this year. Booker is the best player on the best team this season, and the public loves him as the outright betting favorite to win the NBA Finals MVP at +400 odds.
The Greek Freak won last year’s Finals MVP and capped off the championship and award with 50 points in the finale against the Suns. Greek Freak is +500 odds to win back-to-back Finals MVP.
Jayson Tatum lifted the Boston Celtics to a buzzer-beater victory in Game 1 over the Brooklyn Nets. If the Celtics can win the title, Tatum (+900 odds) is the likely candidate to win the NBA Finals MVP.
It’s crazy to think, but Steph Curry won three championships with the Warriors, but never won the MVP. Andre Iguodala won it in 2015, Durant won the NBA Finals MVP in back-to-back years in 2017 and 2018 for the Warriors. Curry is +800 odds to win his first NBA Finals MVP, while Durant is +1100 odds to win his third.
Joel Embiid is one of the three finalists for regular season MVP with reigning champ Nikola Jokic and two-time winner Greek Freak. The 76ers have the #4 seed and could get hot in a wide-open Eastern Conference, and Embiid has value at +1500 odds.
We love Ja Morant, who is +2000 odds to win the NBA Finals MVP. However, the Memphis Grizzlies started the first round in an 0-1 hole, so Morant better get the Griz back on track if he expects to win a title.
Betas: CP3, Adebayo, Herro, Middleton, Irving
While it’s not as exciting to bet chalk, you can get a little nuanced and back the second-best player on the winning team in hopes that have a remarkable NBA Finals. The best example of that strategy would be Paul from the Phoenix Suns, who is +550 odds compared to Booker at +400.
Bam Adebayo (+3500) and Tyer Herro (+4500) from the Miami Heat are potential MVP candidates behind teammate Jimmy Butler (+1800).
If the Bucks win back-to-back titles, and Greek Freak does not hoist another MVP trophy, then it’s because Khris Middleton (+5500) had a kick-ass run during the NBA Finals.
The Nets are down 0-1, but if they can come back and defeat the Celtics in the first round, then they’ll have mojo to run the table in the rest of the playoffs and win a championship. If Durant (+1100) doesn’t snag another NBA Finals MVP, then it’s because Kyrie Irving (+1700) went ballistic.
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