The Highlights

  • After being +315 to win the NBA Finals MVP entering Game 3, Kevin Durant is now the odds-on favorite at -300. 
  • After a 43-point Game 3, Durant should maybe be an even bigger favorite over Steph Curry.
  • KD is averaging a full 7.4 more points per game than his teammate, with only one fewer assist per game.

CLEVELAND — This, in all honesty, is what we’re left with. This is what the Warriors, the 73-win team that added Kevin Durant, have made of the NBA Finals. After going up 3-0 on the Cleveland Cavaliers behind a dominant Durant performance in Game 3 (43 points, liquid-fire shooting, his second Game 3 dagger in two years), the Warriors have left little to debate. Gone are discussions of matchups, adjustments, the tug and war of scoring, the heart and soul and everything else.

Welcome to the Warriors’ Heat Death Of The NBA Universe, where Game 4 means we’re left with only one real question.

Who wins Finals MVP?

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Kevin Durant was the favorite to start the series, but Stephen Curry stormed out to a lead after his explosive performances in Games 1 and 2. Curry was actually -335 before Game 3, Durant +315, with LeBron James +925.

My how the turns have tabled, or something.

After Durant essentially burned down the Q on Wednesday night, he is now -300, with Curry +300 and James +700. Let’s take a look at them one by one and make a prediction.

All odds via BetOnline as of Friday morning.

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